Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke star in Jordan Peele’s horror film “Us,” about a family facing invaders during a summer getaway.
It’s finally upon us.
On Friday night at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Jordan Peele debuted his latest work, a horror-thriller called ‘Us.’ The highly-anticipated movie from the “Get Out” director stars Lupita Nyong’o in a tale of an African-American family faced with their own evil doppelgangers.
In “Us,” Adelaide Wilson (Nyong’o) takes her husband Gabe (Winston Duke) and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex) to her beachside California hometown for a summer getaway. One night, creepy individuals show up in their driveway, and their son announces the visitors in truly creepy fashion: “It’s us.” Cue bloody shenanigans with the Wilsons’ malevolent doppelgangers haunting the family.
So how’d the frightening film fare in Texas?
The film “just cemented Jordan Peele as the greatest horror mastermind of the decade,” wrote film critic Rafael Motamayor. “A terrifying, funny, smart, thoughtful movie with a phenomenal cast. Between this and Little Monsters we are living in the year of Lupita Nyong’o!”
Variety’s Ramin Setoodeh called Peele “the new Spielberg. #Us is going to be one of the biggest movies of the year,” he predicted.
He wasn’t alone. Film journalist Clayton Davis called Peele’s new movie “a horror masterpiece. We are witnessing the birth of our modern day Hitchcock.”
“Can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like (it). It’s incredibly violent, filled with stuff I didn’t expect to happen, and completely original,” wrote Collider’s Steve Weintraub.
Nyong’o continued to earn tons of praise. “It’s safe to say that “Us” further proves that Lupita Nyong’o is one of the finest actors of her generation,” tweeted Matt Dentler.
You’ll want to watch it more than once, suggested user @_SandyWrites, saying “you’ll want to watch it multiple times bc there are so many things that go unnoticed the first watch. I already know I missed so much!”
It’s likely unlike anything you’ve seen before, said film critic Scott Mantz.
“Well, that was…DIFFERENT!” he tweeted. “Engrossing, scary, intense & unnerving, but also weird & bizarre! A bold, ambitious, *unpredictable* dark comedy, but what’s it all mean? A peculiar film, not sure what to make of it, need to see again! That’s a good thing…right?”
“Us” proved to be “a heck of an experience,” wrote Mashable’s Angie J. Han. “Funny enough to make you laugh, scary enough to make you scream, genuinely heartbreaking in moments, anchored by several incredible dual performances, especially Lupita’s.”
It seemingly ends in a controversial way, according to user @SamuraiFlicks, who praised Peele and Nyong’o while noting that “people are gonna debate that ending for a bit.”
Director Morgan Jon Fox called the film “amazing. Holy hell. So much going on. In a good way.”
“My god,” wrote @jumpedforjoi. “Winston Duke plays corny dad pitch perfectly. Lupita Nyong’o did THAT with such a chilling performance. I’m not looking into a mirror anytime soon.”
“Us” hits theaters March 22.
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