Jordan Peele‘s highly anticipated “Us” hit theaters this weekend and it was a box office smash. According to NBC News, the Universal film brought in $70.3 million in ticket sales, which is the largest debut for an original horror film. That said, the film has caused some passionate discussions on social media.
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The film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who both starred in “Black Panther,” as a couple who are being haunted by versions of themselves. When the trailer dropped in December people were obsessed, especially with the choose of Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It.”
At the time, Peele told Entertainment Weekly about the choice of the song, “That song, it came pretty simple, I’m making a movie in Northern California, that’s a bay area hip-hop classic and I wanted to explore this very relatable journey of being a parent [and] maybe some of the songs you listened to back in the day aren’t appropriate for your kids.” He continued, “So that was one level, and another part was, I love songs that have a great feeling but also have a haunting element to them and I feel like the beat in that song has this inherent cryptic energy, almost reminiscent of the ‘Nightmare on Elm Street; soundtrack.”
On the film, Peele explained, “I definitely wanted to do a movie that started with this sense of invasion, this sense of the fear of other, the fear of the stranger from outside, which I think is a common fear in society these days, and then sort of force the characters to realize the invaders have their faces. I didn’t want to make just a home invasion, though I utilized that imagery. I wanted the sense of an adventure that was not necessarily a claustrophobic one — that’s a feeling that turns me off watching. I wanted to make this expansive, I wanted it to have themes of night and day.”
The movie is definitely packed with themes and symbolism. See the reactions below: