The highly anticipated sophomore film from writer/director Jordan Peele aptly named ‘Us” broke several records over the course of its opening weekend. With a $71.1M domestic Box office debut, it’s safe to say that Peele has carved out his own cinematic universe and the people are hungry for more. So far the records the film has broken include: ‘Us’ becoming the highest-grossing original horror film opening, the highest-grossing original rated R film opening, and finally, the second best opening for an original film (the record is currently held by 2009’s Avatar at $77M)
What “sophomore slump?” Peele has often talked about feeling the pressure to deliver a film as brilliant as ‘Get Out’ but he instead focused on making a film that he wanted to see and the results couldn’t be clearer. Peele dispelled every financial and critical myth surrounding his work and proved that not only can horror film star brilliant Black actors, but also, the film can do well.
The film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Madison Curry, Elisabeth Moss, and Tim Heidecker. It never ceases to amaze me how incredible an actor Lupita is. She, in all of her brilliance, carried this film and the duality of her performance just goes to show what is possible when people are given opportunities they deserve. It’s a treat seeing more of Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss (who is amazing in “The Handmaid’s Tale”) in the genre of horror. The kids…all of them…will blow you away with their performances.
Hats off to Jordan Peele who continues to create opportunities for people of color, push the boundaries of film all while schooling society on how our behavior pretty much falls within the realm of a horror film. Needless to say…‘Get Out’ and see ‘Us’…