Jordan Peele, one-half of Key and Peele and the man behind last year’s Get Out, promised that he’ll drop the trailer for his next movie, Us. Like Santa, he delivered. Peele is coy about the movie’s synopsis but it’s gonna be another social thriller.
We’ve dissected the movie, trying to tease out some meaning from the trailer. I mean, what else are you going to be doing on boxing day? Recover from a hangover? Puh-leeze. Join us as we descend this rabbit hole.
The trailer starts off with the family (parents played by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke and kids played by Shahadi Wright-Joseph and Evan Alex) putting on Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It”. The little one was right. The song is about drugs. Specifically, some dude wanting to pay half of a dime bag (ten bucks worth of weed). Also, ‘going half of something’ sets up the rest of the film’s theme.
There are theories floating about that the movie will touch on duality and how to survive in a world while black. The latter is interesting as the father (Duke) spoke in a white voice (“That’s a classic right there”). Also, he bought a boat.
If Get Out taught us anything, white people are behind your troubles. We’re on to you, Elisabeth Moss!
Are children always this oblivious the danger?
Peele said that the family will face off with doppelgängers of themselves, called the Tethered. The name is telling.
Why is doppelgänger son wearing a mask?
Hmmm. Maybe Elisabeth Moss’ character isn’t the antagonist. My bad.
Welp, spoke too soon.
Okay. Now we know why doppelgänger son wore a mask. Also, kinda cool that we first saw him in front of a fireplace.
Rabbits are often used as test subjects. Given how many rabbits suffer from albinism due to controlled breeding. Is this an allusion to how people are being ‘bred into conformity’? Are we just pulling this out of our ass? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
In this movie, the pair of scissors is the weapon of choice. But it could also be a metaphor about cutting out paper families. Y’know, like ‘cut from the same cloth’ or something of a similar nature. It’s a stretch but it might also allude to the term ‘paper families’, where during the passing of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese Americans took advantage of a loophole that granted automatic eligibility for immigration to children of US citizens. All US citizens of Chinese descent had to do was provide papers outlining genealogies and village maps to claim fictive offsprings as entry into America. Thus, ‘paper families’. #themoreyouknow
These are what we spotted but some of them could also be a case of pareidolia. Oh, well. I guess we’ll find out more when the movie comes out.
Us will be in theatres in March, 2019.