Us

Us ★★★★

Get Out proved Jordan Peele was an ambitious craftsman, and now Us has solidified the fact he is one of the best directors around (after several years in the industry). With projects lined up to be released and those already out, he has shown his ability to effectively tell stories revolving around Sci-fi and horror –  however, I don’t think I can Class this as a horror tbh. Nonetheless, the film is littered with great symbolism, allusions, imagery, and all that other good stuff.

As well as appearing to be utilising Carl Jung’s ‘shadow’ (1963) psychology... the name can also be seen as a double entendres for the United States and Peele saying, “we are in a time where we fear the other, whether it is the mysterious invader that we think is going to... take our jobs,” one can assume the film is also a social commentary; the idea of infiltration, invasion and replacement defines America’s conception. And now this sentiment is attached to migrants coming to America which is evident by the hostile attitude aimed at them.

Peele loves rabbits huh... In the opening scene of Get Out as soon as Lakeith Stanfield's character is attacked the lyric "Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run" is sung. However, I honestly can't seem to make sense of their presence in Us beyond the idea that they represent abundance and that Rabbits apparently climb up when they're in danger.

Jeremiah 11:11 - Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.’

Right then, on the surface this Bible verse serves as a symmetry that mirrors the concept of doubles. The usage of the passage could be a critique of the materialistic nature humans have developed over the last century – Elizabeth Moss calls for Police via Ophelia (Ancient Greek for “help”) in ainstead of God, but it lets her down alluding that this belief system is weak. And thus, God will not help in time of need.

It's obvious Christianity maintains a significant presence throughout the film, but another religion, Manichaeism influenced heavily by Christianity, explicitly focuses on a dualistic form of belief where there are two gods: light & dark - a dyad. And that at one point the dark infiltrated the world of light. (Something along those lines)

Furthermore, Frantz Fanon's "Manichean delirium" (Black Skin, White Masks) postcolonial critique examining identity and the concept of “shadow” he says, existence between the coloniser and colonised is slipt into two, and the two “behave in accordance with a neurotic orientation” – the former enslaved by their superiority and latter by their inferiority. Much like in the film, they are not tethered by soul.

So yeh... Like Peele said this film isn't "deep", it's basically saying we're our worst enemy. I just wrote all this to waste time, but it lowkey made lil bit of sense lol – the first paragraph serious tho 

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