Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ takes viewers on wild emotional rollercoaster

Mysterious doppelganger plot adds suspense while actors offer comedic levity, this columnist argues



“Us” has a lot to say about identity and childhood trauma. Director Jordan Peele really brings his A-game to this horror-comedy that manages to be as great as his debut, “Get Out.”

ROOS HELGESEN, Evergreen columnist

This movie made me scared of my own reflection.

Director Jordan Peele did it again with his second horror film as well as his second time in the director’s chair.

“Us” follows a family trying to enjoy a nice relaxing vacation together.  When their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos by mysterious doppelgangers trying to claim their place.

This movie has all the classic horror tropes — blood, gore, gore, and more gore.

But the movie also follows the ambiguous nature of duality. Leaving many scenes up to interpretation about what happens next. This movie almost begs you to watch it over and over again to see the plot through a new lens each time, which is the secret recipe for the makings of a cult classic.

On top of this amazing plot, I must give props to all the actors in this movie. Playing the victim and the villain at the same time and being two different people at once can be very difficult.

I tip my hat to actor Winston Duke, who played Gabriel “Gabe” Wilson, the father figure in the film. He was able to act afraid and at the same time crack jokes. That takes a special kind of talent.

Be prepared for hair-raising thrills and chills when listening to Michael Abels’ beautifully suspenseful score in the movie. It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

So watch out.

Be careful when watching this movie as it might make you afraid of your own shadow, while contemplating your own existence in this world.

Be careful of the mirrors is all I will say.

Catch “Us” at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday in the CUB Auditorium.

Hope you won’t be too afraid or your own reflection.