The early reactions for Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up Us are finally surfacing. After his directorial debut became a major awards favorite, going so far as to earn Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, early reactions for Us prove that Peele is by no means a one hit wonder in the horror genre.
In Us, a family of four take a trip to their beach house over the summer, hoping to unwind. However, their relaxation is cut short when another family – their own doppelgängers – show up one night and begin wreaking havoc. Though it’s unclear why exactly they’re there, let alone where they come from, wife and husband Adelaide and Gabe (Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, respectively) must do whatever is necessary to keep their family safe. Now, after fans have been anticipating Peele’s follow-up to Get Out since 2017, the early reviews are finally here to determine whether or not the wait was worth it.
After screening at SXSW in Austin, Texas, critics have been posting brief reactions for Us online, and the general consensus is very positive. More specifically, the general consensus is that Us is a strange, terrifying, and amazingly acted film that is a must-watch – not only for horror fans, but film aficionados in general. To find out exactly what the critics are saying, enjoy these SPOILER-FREE early reactions:
#UsMovie is a heck of an experience. Funny enough to make you laugh, scary enough to make you scream, genuinely heartbreaking in moments, anchored by several incredible dual performances, especially Lupita’s. #SXSW
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) March 9, 2019
I will not for a minute claim any real understanding of what I just watched but it was comfortably a top ten lifetime movie going experience. #USmovie
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) March 9, 2019
#USMovie: it’s going to take me years to figure this movie out and i mean that as the most beautiful compliment. lupita nyong’o gives one of the all-time great horror performances. i’m speechless honestly.
— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) March 9, 2019
Jordan Peele’s #Us is absolutely nuts! Deliriously horrific, incredibly inventive, it has elements of the home invasion & zombie movies, but it is unlike anything I have ever seen. Wildly captivating from start to finish. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/vATBSUhD7e
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 9, 2019
Peele has been a roll when it comes to horror. Aside from the original content he’s been directing, Peele is also producing and hosting a reboot of The Twilight Zone, which will premiere on April 1, 2019 on CBS All Access. He is also expanding his producing duties to the big screen with a remake of Clive Barker’s classic horror movie Candyman. Not only is the film in the early stages of production, with the cast finally beginning to take shape, it also earned the attention of former Candyman star Tony Todd, who was initially on the fence about the film before evidentlycoming around to it.
Sophomore slumps happen, so if Us turned out to be a bit of a letdown – especially compared to Get Out – Peele would no doubt get a pass. He’s already proven his worth, so not living up to what was essentially a major turning point in modern cinema with Get Out is certainly excusable. That said, the sophomore slump never came to pass in this case, and Us is proof that horror fans are in good hands, considering how Peele is quickly becoming this generation’s brand new Master of Horror.