(AllHipHop News) Us is already one of the most successful movies of 2019. Since its release on March 22, the horror flick has made more than $177 million at the worldwide box office.
Jordan Peele's sophomore effort is not just making a lot of money. It's also igniting conversations about the themes presented in the film. Plus, moviegoers are talking about the twist ending. The director-screenwriter spoke to The Empire Film Podcast about the final moments of the motion picture.
This movie’s about maybe the monster is you. It’s about us, looking at ourselves as individuals and as a group. The protagonist in the movie is the surrogate for the audience, so it felt like at the end of the day, I wasn’t doing my core theme any justice if I wasn’t revealing that we have been the bad guy in this movie. We’ve been following the villain. I say "villain'" lightly because I think there are many experiences of the film, and I think a lot of people go through a question of what is good and evil? Does that even exist? Both characters are lovable and terrifying. Based on the lives they’ve led, they’ve just sort of inverted the paths.
Additionally, Peele discussed the heavy use of rabbits in Us, the concept of duality, the appreciation for Easter eggs, the rise of the Tethered, the "Jeremiah 11:11" Bible passage, the reworked "I Got 5 On It" song, and more. The 40-year-old filmmaker expressed there are some aspects of the movie he did not want to explain in order to allow the viewer to activate his or her own imagination.
Us stars Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson/Red, Winston Duke as Gabe Wilson/Abraham, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Zora Wilson/Umbrae, and Evan Alex as Jason Wilson/Pluto. The Monkeypaw production has received widespread praise from movie critics (94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 81/100 score on Metacritic).