One of 2019's most anticipated films, Jordan Peele’s Us, just had its world premiere at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and already the reactions are popping up online.
The film is about a family (headed by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke) who go on vacation and end up being stalked by doppelgängers of themselves and their kids. The trailers look scary as all hell—but, after Get Out, no one is quite sure what to expect from Peele. After just one film, we’ve already come to expect the unexpected.
And the reactions seem to suggest that was the right way of thinking. Overall, people loved it, but seem both scared, confused, and hungry for more. Here are some specific reactions from critics and fans alike.
Jordan Peele's "Us" is a horror masterpiece. We are witnessing the birth of our modern day Hitchcock. 20 years from now we will ask one another what our favorite Peele film is & you will get 10/12 different answers. Incredible performance from Lupita Nyong'o! #UsMovie #UsFirst pic.twitter.com/vvHunYqSxd
— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) 9 March 2019
— David Fear (@davidlfear) 9 March 2019
— Leon Brill @ SXSW (@LeonBrill) 9 March 2019
#UsMovie is a super thrilling follow up for Jordan Peele. There are so many puzzle pieces to put together along the way. And of course Lupita Nyong’o is an acting force. You haven’t seen anything quite like this. #sxsw pic.twitter.com/cKafg6lyPj
— James C. Clay 👻 #SXSW (@WordsByCole) 9 March 2019
I will not for a minute claim any real understanding of what I just watched but it was comfortably a top ten lifetime movie going experience. #USmovie
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) 9 March 2019
#USMovie is @JordanPeele’s definitive love letter to the Horror genre. The lovable family, the terrifying slashers, the spine-tingling score, the buckets of blood, and most importantly a hell of an experience that will put a permanent grin on your terrified face. ✂️ pic.twitter.com/MaBQgllqW5
— Zomboy Productionz @ SXSW (@ZProductionz) 9 March 2019
#US #UsMovie is terrifying, bizarre, and creepy as hell.
It has a bit of Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” vibe to it but @JordanPeele @UsMovie is on a whole other level of bonkers.#SXSW2019 #SXSW #SXSW19 pic.twitter.com/uzRUmnFPlv
— Rama's Screen @SXSW (@RamasScreen) 9 March 2019
So #UsMovie , is a good time. REALLY. Winston Duke is fantastic, and assumes Peele's humor well. Lupita is a carnal whirlwind. Shades of Jaws, Stepford Wives, the Shinning. Could have been shorter and maybe tries too hard to be a statement, like GET OUT. But def. a win. #SXSW
— Robert Daniels @ SXSW (@812filmreviews) 9 March 2019
— Joi @ SXSW (@jumpedforjoi) 9 March 2019
#UsMovie just cemented Jordan Peele as the greatest horror mastermind of the decade. 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!
— Rafael Motamayor @ SXSW (@GeekWithAnAfro) 9 March 2019
— Ashley Menzel @ SXSW (@AshleyGMenzel) 9 March 2019
#UsMovie is a heck of an experience. 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. #SXSW
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) 9 March 2019
Jordan Peele’s #Us is absolutely nuts! Deliriously horrific, incredibly inventive, it has elements of the home invasion & zombie movies, but it is unlike anything I have ever seen. Wildly captivating from start to finish. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/vATBSUhD7e
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) 9 March 2019
Us: Jordan Peele has done it again. This is blistering terror, original horror, and a biting observational humor. Plus. Lupita delivers a jaw dropping performance that is instantly iconic. #SXSW2019
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) 9 March 2019
#Usmovie HOLY SHIT, what a horrific, messed up, f***** insane and overall AMAZING. @JordanPeele has done it again with another AMAZING horror story, every performance is outstanding. I cannot wait to see what Peele does next HOLY SHIT #SXSW #SXSW19 pic.twitter.com/uPJ49epZHt
— Zach Pope ➡️ #SXSW 🔥🎬 (@popetheking) 9 March 2019
US: Well, that was...DIFFERENT! 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? #USmovie #SXSW pic.twitter.com/0sBEg2P0Y9
— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) 9 March 2019
#UsMovie is a house of horrors. More terrifying, but as fun as GET OUT. And what it says about our divided country also shows that @JordanPeele is a new master of suspense. The enemy is — and maybe always has been — us.
I’ll never listen to “Good Vibrations” the same way again. pic.twitter.com/WV7vUzmYOr
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) 9 March 2019
We’ll have much more about Us, including a full review, soon. It opens March 22.
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