Jordan Peele’s Us exceeded box office projections this weekend, opening with $70.3 million and setting several records, proving that Get Out wasn’t a fluke (not that anyone thought it would be) and establishing him as an event filmmaker, the kind of storyteller who can deliver a commercial hit and make you think at the same time. Which, again, as I mentioned last week, is why I had to go see Us, as a professional obligation. Because, obviously, this is a thing we now have to know about and know enough to talk about. And, as expected now where Jordan Peele’s movies are concerned, people are talking and thinking about what it all means – if anything. For some people, it was just a horror story. That’s fair. For others, it was much more. That’s fair too. Pre-release, Jordan tried to downplay that Us is allegorical the way Get Out is. Now that the movie is out though, he seems to be changing the narrative, telling The Hollywood Reporter that:
"I have a pretty elaborate mythology and history of what's going on in this film. And of course, the dilemma that comes up is how much of that do you tell? When there are questions left, and you know there is more to the story, your imagination is left to run wild."
And now some people are wondering whether or not Us is actually the second part of a trilogy. Jordan’s response to that:
“Anything is possible.”
Well, f-ck. How many more of these movies am I going to have to see?!? It took me a whole ass hour before I could breathe right afterwards because I was holding my breath the whole time, scared and stressed AF in the theatre yesterday. And I also didn’t sleep well last night – all I kept seeing were rabbits and Lupita’s face. Her voice, however, didn’t bother me that much. Maybe because over the last couple of months I’ve been conditioned to hearing Elizabeth Holmes, LOLOLOL. Actually surprised no one’s made that mashup yet: Elizabeth Holmes speaking with Red Lupita’s voice, or vice versa.
Anyway, here’s Jordan taking his victory lap at PaleyFest yesterday to promote his upcoming Twilight Zone reboot. Why are there so many mandatory cultural scares? And if that’s the case, can a new rom-com be released every time a scare is released?
Yours in gossip,