Jordan Peele Believes We’re Our Own Worst Enemy

After premiering his sophomore film, Us at SXSW this weekend during the Q&A, Oscar and Emmy award-winning writer, producer, director, Jordan Peele was asked to explain. “I have a very clear meaning and commentary I’m trying to strike with this film,” says Peele. “I’m also trying to design a film that’s very personal for every individual. On the broader strokes of things, this movie is about this country…. when I decided to write this movie I was stricken by the fact that we’re in a time where we fear The Other — whether it’s the mysterious invader we think is going to come and kill us or take our jobs, or the faction we don’t live near that voted a different way than us. We’re all about pointing the finger. I wanted to suggest maybe the monster we really need to look at has our face. Maybe the evil is us.”

Jordan Peele has again launched himself and the conversation of invasion. With the release of his hugely successful thriller Get Out, Peele proved that black men can write great horror films using social media and igniting of the conversation to drive home his message.

As revealed in its trailer, the story of Us follows a family of four — led by Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, as Adelaide Wilson and Winston Duke portraying her husband Gabe Wilson — during a summer beach vacation, daughter Zora, starring Shahadi Wright Joseph, spends hours texting away, and son Jason, played by Evan Alex, tests his magic tricks. After a day of soaking in Santa Cruz’s rays, the Wilson family retreats home to recharge, and that’s when madness takes hold. In the movie, when one of the evil twins is asked who they are, the reply is, “We’re Americans”; even the title, Us, could also be seen as “U.S.”

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Director/Writer/Producer Jordan Peele signs autographs as Universal Pictures presents “US”, the opening night film at the SXSW Film Festival on Friday, March 8th, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Often compared to a modern day Alfred Hitchcock, Jordan Peele, himself is a layered man. His films are layered, the messages are layered and favorite horror film influences are layered with nuances of both being a man of color and a man of privilege. Peele wrote, produc