Obviously, spoilers ahead!
Jordan Peele has created an impressive name for himself in the horror genre, and his latest film Us, has been a massive success. Unlike Get Out, Us leaves the audience with endless questions waiting to be answered. Strong symbolism in Peele’s films is exactly what activates our Sherlock thought process.
In a podcast interview with Empire, Jordan Peele answered some of the serious questions that left us hanging, including that eerie opening scene, and that final look between Adelaide and Jason.
So what’s the movie about?
“This movie’s about maybe the monster is you. It’s about us, looking at ourselves as individuals and as a group. The protagonist in the movie is the surrogate for the audience, so it felt like at the end of the day, I wasn’t doing my core theme any justice if I wasn’t revealing that we have been the bad guy in this movie. We’ve been following the villain. I say ‘villain’ lightly because I think there are many experiences of the film, and I think a lot of people go through a question of, what is good and evil? Does that even exist? Both characters are lovable and terrifying; based on the lives they’ve led, they’ve just sort of inverted the paths.”
Did Adelaide’s return trigger the events?
“I think that it was a plan that was in place to ultimately coincide in one of this family’s trips back to the area of her [Adelaide’s] initial trauma and this doorway that we’ve established at the end of the movie that exists to this place that I call the underpass, which is that labyrinth of tunnels… I’m very careful because there’s some things in this movie that I specifically don’t want to answer.”
And what about that final look between Adelaide and Jason?
“Adelaide and Jason sharing that moment at the end, I’m purposefully leaving it a bit vague as to what exactly he knows or how far he’s come in figuring out what, if anything, he’s figured out. I think the little smile she gives him is a lot of things. I think it’s a connection to the evil smile she once had as a little girl, but also a sort of understanding that her family unit was stronger from this experience.”
Just as we thought. In-depth explanations that somehow still leave us with a huge train of thought. The interview is packed full of fascinating information expressed and questions divulged. If you’re a fan of the movie or just a fan of Jordan Peele’s, its worth the listen.
You can listen to the hour-and-a-half Empire podcast HERE.
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