‘Us’ Movie Review
Image Source: Peacock, Kelly. “Here Are The Symbols And Metaphors Hidden In The Movie 'Us'.” Thought Catalog, 15 Apr. 2019, thoughtcatalog.com/kelly-peacock/2019/04/here-are-the-symbols-and-metaphors-hidden-in-the-movie-us/.
Written by Danielle Chan
The movie ‘Us’ released back in March this year was a movie that caught my attention with a one-word title and creepy poster, which has a woman dressed in a red appearing to be removing a mask of herself with a gloved hand. Not to mention, she has shaved eyebrows, a tear rolling down her face and one eye staring right into your soul. Since it’s the season of Halloween—the time of the year when everything gets a bit spooky and scary—this movie is perfect for the thrill.
In the movie, the Wilson family goes out for a family trip to Santa Cruz and spends time with their friends, the Tyler family. Adelaide, the main protagonist who is a mother of two kids called Jason and Zora, grows to feel ominous throughout the trip. During one of the vacation nights at their summer home, four peculiar figures appear outside their driveway. Adelaide’s husband, Gabe, then discovers that the figures are people who look like them, and are in fact doppelgängers of the Wilson family.
My only thought right after watching the movie was “the plot twist.” I was taken aback by the big plot twist which took place towards the end of the movie. It was unexpected and immediately brought up flashbacks of all the events that have happened throughout the entire movie till the revelation of the truth, which itself is also a plot twist. The ominous soundtrack in this movie is frighteningly good, especially with the opening song ‘Anthem’ that absolutely set the mood for me. Another song called ‘Pas de Deux’ was also played in the movie several times, and left a strong and creepy impression on me.
There are deeper meanings under the surface, such as the main theme about the failure of the American Dream, which plays a huge role throughout the events of the movie. ‘Hands Across America’, an event that took place back in 1986, was also alluded in the movie. There are also quite a lot of hidden meanings in the movie as represented by objects, clothing and the characters’ actions that might not be clear at all unless analyzed. To dive deeper, I would recommend to first watch the movie and then think about what every single detail could convey.
Overall, this was a great movie to watch. I strongly recommend it even just for its horror and suspense. Be sure to watch it with a few friends, as you might get really scared!