Us vs. Get Out: Did Jordan Peele rise or fall?

Carlie Beard | Staff Writer

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The new horror film Us hit the box office March 22 and has been killing the competition since. According to CNN.com, Us brought in $70 million for the second-best opening weekend of 2019.

The highly anticipated film has a fairly new cast mixed with some veterans to the movie industry, such as Twelve Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o, who serves as both the mother and the main character of the movie. Winston Duke plays the role of the father who provides comedic relief. Two rising stars play the two children in the movie, with Evan Lex as the son and Shahdai Wright Joseph as the daughter. Actress Elizabeth Moss also makes an appearance, adding to the horror and drama that Us exudes.

Director Jordan Peele had audiences on the edge of their seats last year when his first movie, Get Out, came to theaters last year. This movie was full of double entendres and examined issues of racism in America. From historical references to the hidden messages, Get Out was a movie that made audiences think a little harder about what was before their eyes. Peele keeps viewers on their toes by injecting Us with those same qualities.

It is easy to see Us took a little more effort with putting things together throughout the film. From the scary little white bunnies to the huge golden scissors, Peele definitely knows how to give elements that are not typically scary but creep you out a bit.

One of the movie’s hidden messages is Jeremiah 11:11: “Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.”

This can be seen all throughout the movie and is just one of many of Peele’s mysterious meanings.

In comparison to Get Out, many thought Us was more hyped, and plenty anticipated the release of the film. Did Us live up to that hype?

Hampton University students had an opportunity to view the film a day early. Malani Tate-DeFreitas attended the early screening for Get Out last year and the early screening for Us this year.

Get Out was more hyped than Us because it was Jordan Peele’s first horror film,” Tate-DeFreitas said. “However, Us made you want to look at the movie over and over again to analyze every hidden meaning. … I felt that Us was an overall better movie.”

In an Instagram poll, 43 out of 60 people voted that they enjoyed Get Out more than Us.

“I enjoyed Get Out more than Us,” said Tatum Cooper, a junior kinesiology major from California. “Get Out was easier to follow, and it kept me on my toes the entire movie. Us became boring at times.”

Us is in theaters everywhere. Check it out now and share your thoughts on Twitter with The Script at @huscript.

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