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Let's Compare Jordan Peele's 'Us' and Get Out

Season 1, Ep. 26

"Get Out" was a horror classic, so Jordan Peele's "Us," his follow-up, had big, scary shoes to fill. In the latest "Low Key" podcast, we talk about whether the latest addition to the Peeleverse lives up to our very high expectations.


"Us" is a movie made for people who fixate on small details, like why Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) is offbeat when she snaps her fingers, and why her son Jason's lighter doesn't seem to have any fuel in it. It's a smorgasbord of low-key delights. But the subtleties add up powerfully: The more you think about "Us," the better it is. 


"Us" works as a family slasher movie (and is probably the only film of the family slasher genre?), but also offers deeper meaning for anyone who cares to look. Peele also uses creepy, subtle symbols like rabbits, scissors and a Michael Jackson T-shirt to make a statement about social hierarchy.


It isn't hard to tunnel down a rabbit hole as you try to make sense of the world that "Us" inhabits... and wonder if it's our world, too.


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