To say that anticipation has been high for Us, writer/director Jordan Peele’s follow-up to the Academy Award-winning Get Out, would be a massive understatement. Especially with each morsel of information over the last few months. First, there was the casting news and teaser posters that revealed the title of the film. Then there was the recent release of the film’s second poster and an actual plot synopsis, as well as promotional material sent to critics and reporters, which included a pair of golden scissors similar to the ones that appear in the poster.
Finally, there was this tweet, which informed us when we could see a trailer for the film.
Trailer drops Xmas.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) December 13, 2018
And yesterday, on Christmas morning, the wait was over and we all got our very first look (followed by our second, third, fourth, and 815th look, judging from all of the tweets) at the trailer for Peele’s newest film, Us.
Twitter, particularly Black Twitter, had plenty to say about the trailer for Us from the moment it dropped, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one…
Just watched the #UsMovie trailer in broad daylight with lamps and shit on and still found myself saying “oh fuck no. Oh fuck no” several times in a row. Jordan Peele is a scary motherfucker and I am excited and also not because 🐔— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) December 25, 2018
Also, can I just say that I feel like @JordanPeele’s mastery of horror is due to his study of the genre but also due to his mastery of comedy. His sharp awareness of humor and what makes us laugh somehow provides an understanding of what is deeply NOT funny.— Olivia A. Cole (@RantingOwl) December 25, 2018
I love @JordanPeele casting a Black family & all members are dark skinned, especially the daughter who can be seen doing ballet. More little dark skin girls need to see others who look like them existing in spaces where they've been shunned before #UsMovie #RepresentationMatters— Carolyn 'people pon scenes today' Hinds.😒 (@CarrieCnh12) December 25, 2018
Imma just go on record and say this is the first time in a while (or ever) since I’ve seen a Black Family in a movie and the entire family is dark skin. It may seem insignificant but it matters. #UsMovie #WatchYourself— J.B. (@Glohanx2) December 25, 2018
I just showed my family the #UsMovie trailer at Christmas breakfast.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) December 25, 2018
My aunt said “What kind of Black devilry satanic shit is this to release on Christmas?! It’s looks good though!”
I’m dead 😂. Good job @Monkeypaw @JordanPeele pic.twitter.com/11oQLBSMhA
“Is this a twisted tale of a cloning experiment gone wrong or is this what happens when those multiple Gmail accounts you created to get new TIDAL trials become sentient?” #Usmovie pic.twitter.com/XHGcvhaB2i— Jerry L Barrow (@JLBarrow) December 25, 2018
#UsMovie— Rimna H. (@CustardRhymes) December 25, 2018
Jordan Peele : so picture this you're at home with your family and someone breaks in and tries to kill you
other screenwriters: i mean i think it's been done bef-
Jordan Peele : pic.twitter.com/q6kEn4asAD
There’s so much I could honestly unpack from the films Jordan Peele suggested to Lupita for #UsMovie, films like MARTYRS and A TALE OF TWO SISTERS, but instead, I’m just gonna watch the trailer again and stay hype af until March. I just wanna enjoy the hell out of this.— Jamie Righetti (@JamieRighetti) December 25, 2018
First teacups and now rabbits, @JordanPeele isn’t going to stop until all of Alice in Wonderland is terrifying. ☕️🥄🐇— Isaac Fitzgerald🤞🏻🖤 (@IsaacFitzgerald) December 25, 2018
Then there were those who shook their heads at Us being referred to as a “social thriller” instead of a horror film, myself included:
“Social thriller.” The “it’s not really a horror movie” takes are ALREADY STARTING https://t.co/gf3fla5gjw— Christmas Evangelista (@cevangelista413) December 25, 2018
It’s a HORROR FILM.— Jon Paul, Ed.D. 🥰🌈 (@DoctorJonPaul) December 25, 2018
“Creepy Social Thriller”? Surely you mean horror because it’s a horror movie.— Colton Q. Dunham 🥶 (@ColtonD84) December 25, 2018
"I can't wait to see this new social thriller from Jordan Peele."— hellresidentNY (@hellresidentNY) December 25, 2018
"It's not a social thriller. It's a horror movie."
"No, it's not. It's a thriller that uses horror-like elements to comment on social issues that affect us."
"Yeah. Those are called horror movies." #UsMovie https://t.co/ceEPvb22L7
Jordan Peele, screening the US trailer last week: "It is a horror movie." (yay!) "I wanted to create a new horror mythology and a new monster..It was important for me to have a black family at the center, but it’s not about race. It’s about how we humans are our own worst enemy.”— Phil Nobile Jr. (@PhilNobileJr) December 25, 2018
It also didn’t take very long for there to be reaction videos on YouTube, online theories, and 48-tweet-long threads about the trailer, the music in the trailer, the imagery appearing in the trailer, and the significance of/meaning behind said imagery in the trailer all over Twitter. (The last trailer to inspire this much Kermit-flailing and shot-by-shot analysis was the recent trailer for Avengers: Endgame) Which caused a few people to tell Twitter to take it down several dozen notches.
I thought albums being called a classic based on a track list was wild. This new essay on blackness based on a trailer holds its beer. https://t.co/BcWf5exsJ0— No Relation, Esq. (@TheCosby) December 25, 2018
Y’all really writing think piece tweets on a 2 minute horror movie trailer on Christmas Day.— Stephanie (@StephBMore) December 26, 2018
It ain’t even come out yet lmao https://t.co/svTJiZ6eC2— . (@GOODMlAD) December 26, 2018
The song is about buying weed… it’s LITERALLY in the Damn hook. JihaD https://t.co/z4qcLZbHDO— 🦅Cre’Jawn LeBlanc, 1st of his Name🦅 (@ZipSquad_JihaD) December 26, 2018
Enough with the #UsMovie takes before you've even seen the movie. No more references. No more talking about the diaspora.— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) December 26, 2018
Go on Fandango and reserve a ticket when it's time but be patient, for real.
you guys are doing a lot with a 2 minute trailer lol go eat some turkey pls— Jasmine Sha-Ree Sanders (@JasMoneyRecords) December 25, 2018
And some of the people being asked/told to curb their enthusiasm over Us didn’t take that request all too well.
It be your own. Why are "we" always overdoing it? These cats been talking about Chucky, Freddy, and Saw for years. Whole ass communities built around those films. Not even 24 hours into #UsMovie trailer y'all got an issue. 🙄 https://t.co/eLaXrzkDHJ— ✨ Ed™ (@itsedwilliams) December 26, 2018
THIS 👇🏿Contrary to popular belief, Black people are entitled to - and WILL - take joy and pride in our achievements and successes, the same as everyone else does within their own communities. https://t.co/jogeTsQ5i7— The 7th Matrix (@The7thMatrix) December 26, 2018
you know…i don't really blame black people for going OD with the representation, sometimes.— Shyne Coldchain Jr. (@Smooth_Orator) December 26, 2018
it's really symbolizes just how starved people are to see themselves in something. i get it.
it's annoying sometimes. but i get it.
And this was all just from the trailer alone. You can only imagine what the reviews, tweets, and think pieces will be like once we finally see all two hours of Us next year.
Us opens in theaters March 15, 2019.
And for those who are interested in listening to the song featured in the trailer for Us, that song is “I Got 5 On It” by Luniz, and you can listen to it here.
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