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Trailer for “Us” will whet your appetite for Jordan Peele’s latest

Back on Christmas morning, a cinematic gift was left under the tree for film fans. It was, as you might have guessed, the first Trailer for Jordan Peele’s follow up to his Academy Award winning Get Out. This movie, called Us, shows him again making a unique horror flick, one quite possibly filled to the brim with social commentary and satire. Last time around, his directorial debut won him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Whether or not this one does the same remains to be seen, but it’s undeniable that this is one of the movies to most look forward to during the first part of 2019. You can see the Trailer at the end of this post, but first…let’s talk about it a little bit!

Up until now, the only hints about what this film was about came from the vague plot description. This is that synopsis, via IMDb: “A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.” That doesn’t suggest much, but what you’ll be seeing shortly has that, and more. Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) and Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke) seem primed for a family vacation, ready to enjoy sun, their pals (Tim Heidecker and Elisabeth Moss), and a relaxing getaway. Then, unexpected visitors arrive, leading to all hell breaking loose. You’ll see more in a moment, but these intruders have a lot in common with our heroes. Peele writes and directs, with supporting players including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, among others. Michael Abels returns to again compose a score for Peele, while Mike Gioulakis handles the cinematography.

Judging by the Trailer, the movie could be absolutely insane, in the best way possible. So much of it still seems like a mystery, but striking visuals galore suggest that this won’t be a mellow endeavor in the least. Every passing second in the Trailer ups the tension and raises the stakes. Peele is showing himself to be a master of the elevated horror outing. If this is as good as it looks, it could continue the recent trend of genre fare getting a second look from awards voters. At least, the possibility is there, as we’ll discuss in the following paragraph…

Last time around, Get Out scored four Academy Award nominations, with Peele himself a part of three, taking home Original Screenplay. Could we see Us do something similar with Oscar? One has to assume that Universal Pictures will campaign it heartily, so look for efforts in Best Picture, Best Director (for Peele), Best Actress (for Nyong’o), Best Supporting Actor (for Duke), Best Supporting Actress (for Moss), and Best Original Screenplay (also for Peele), at the very least. It’ll be an uphill climb and expectations will be raised, but there’s no reason not to think that this could be a potential player. Until we actually see it, it’s all guesswork anyway, right?

The Trailer for Us is up next, and it’s a doozy. The film won’t be out until the middle of March, so there’s plenty of time to anticipate it, but suffice it to say, my appetite has been whet. Whatever Peele has up his sleeve, count me in. There’s months to pour over this, and likely more Trailers to come, but it’s hard not to be sold already. Sit tight for plenty more in the weeks and months to come, but so far, this is an excellent start. Dive in and the enjoy the Trailer, just like I hope you all enjoyed your holiday…

Here now is the first Trailer for Us:

Stay tuned for more on Us between now and its March 15th release date!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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