Jordan has done it again! People are absolutely digging 'US' and it has already surpassed Peele's Oscar winning 'Get Out's net profit!
When Jordan announced that he was working on yet another horror movie, our expectations after Get Out were already over the roof and well, he didn't disappoint! Released on 22nd March, Peele's US opened with a massive $86.9 million and in merely a few days, the horror flick has grossed over $150 million, earning positive reviews across the globe! Starring Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Anna Diop, the movie is proving to be a bigger hit than the Oscar-winning Get Out and people are not getting enough of it!
And, are we really surprised? The movie was premiered at the SXSW Conference and Festival earlier this year where it crept people to the core and made them scream, reports CNN Entertainment. Jordan's amazing directing skills and beautiful brain was praised again. Us follows the story of a couple and their two children who return to their beach house for a summer getaway but what they discover there was not so relaxing.
"What if I just showed four episodes of 'This Is Us?'" Peele joked before the screening. "This movie is about a lot of things... and, well, enjoy." In the trailer of the movie, we see the family driving to their beach house while The Luniz's song I Got Five On It blasts through the speakers. They run into a blood-soaked man on the beach, carrying a pair of scissors and when the family heads to their house, the family is startled to see some people standing near their house who they think are neighbors but they soon realize it's not anyone else but them. "They look like us. They think like us… and they won’t stop until they kill us, or we kill them."The trailer of the movie alone got us all super hyped up and well, the whole movie is nerve-racking!
Talking about the movie, Jordan said, "One thing I know is that this is the genre; and playing around with the thriller, horror, action, fun genre of intrigue is my favorite. That’s my sweet spot. So I think tonally it should resemble Get Out. That said, I want to make a completely different movie. I want to address something different than race in the next one," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
"What do I do next? How do I top [Get Out]? And you know, and I think it’s important to focus on stories that are true to me. I go, when writing Get Out, my sort of mantra is or was, 'Let’s write my favorite film I haven’t seen yet.' So I think it’s easy to get sort of bogged down in 'how does this compare to the first one, how does that compare?' When all is said and done, my next film, I am currently writing it and I’ll direct for Universal this year, I’m just trying to entertain myself again," he added.
Eric Kohn, IndieWire's chief critic, took to his Twitter to praise the movie, "It should surprise no one that US is a very satisfying (and anxiety-inducing) follow up to GET OUT. What’s more fascinating: that a high-concept FUNNY GAMES/Hitchcock/Cronenberg/Bradbury mashup could feel so fresh at the same time. #sxsw." Given the genius of Peele and the immense success of his debut film, we already kinda knew Us was going to be another hit!
Peele told The Hollywood Reporter, this movie is "not about race" but "about something I feel has become an undeniable truth, and that is a simple fact that we are our own worst enemies... I dedicated a lot of myself to create new horror mythology, and a new monster." Peele also spoke about the movie at the film festival and said, "We are at a time where we fear 'the other.' I wanted to suggest that the monster has our face, maybe the evil is us."
He also recently revealed in an interview that he never sees himself casting a white actor in his movies. "I don't envy someone who gets famous overnight. The hardest part is being recognized. I used to think that being in the public eye gave you power. But all of a sudden, they have the power and can come up to you an hour into dinner," revealed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre on Monday. "The way I look at it. I get to cast Black people in my movies. I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, 'I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a Black family.' And they say yes," he added. Have you watched Us yet?