This is a spoiler-free advanced review of Us from its premiere at SXSW. Us will be in theaters on Friday, March 22, 2019.
With Us, writer-director Jordan Peele proves that he’s no one-trick pony after the success of his Oscar-winning Get Out in 2017. Where Get Out is a racially-conscious thriller, Us is less concerned about social commentary and more horror-focused, with an ample amount of comedy sprinkled throughout. The one aspect the two movies have in common – a credit to Peele’s skill as a storyteller – is that both are difficult to pin to one particular genre. If there’s anything to compare Us to, it would have to be the Twilight Zone, which Peele is fittingly adapting for CBS All Access. The only thing missing is Rod Serling’s narration before the opening credits.