So Us has come out, and many have been talking about the twists in the movie, and in particular the one at the end. If you recall, at the start of the film, young Adelaide encounters her exact double at a seaside funhouse. Years later, as an adult she’s still traumatised by her experience as a child, remaining terrified that she’ll encounter her double again one day – and sure enough that double turns up to terrorise Adelaide and her family. But at the very end, Peele tells us the real Adelaide we met as a child was knocked out and replaced with the double, who then grew up to take her place. So the character we thought was the “evil double” the entire movie was, in fact, Adelaide, while the Adelaide we spent so much time with was the double.
Right. Well, Peele recently appeared on ‘The Empire Podcast’, and delved into why the film needed to end the way it did:
“This movie’s about maybe the monster is you. It’s about us, looking at ourselves as individuals and as a group. The protagonist in the movie is the surrogate for the audience, so it felt like at the end of the day, I wasn’t doing my core theme any justice if I wasn’t revealing that we have been the bad guy in this movie. We’ve been following the villain. I say villain lightly because I think there are many experiences of the film, and I think a lot of people go through a question of what is good and evil? Does that even exist? Both characters are lovable and terrifying, based on the lives they’ve led they’ve just sort of inverted the paths.”
“We are in a time where we fear the other, whether it’s the mysterious invader who might kill us or take our jobs, or the faction that doesn’t live near us that votes differently than we did. Maybe the evil is us. Maybe the monster that we’re looking at has our face.”
The ending certainly reinforces one of the main themes of the film, though I personally remain unsatisfied by it because it barely makes any sense compared with much of what came before. We are very divided on this movie in the ‘HCF’ camp: our reviewer David Smith loved it until the final act where he felt it went downhill. I thought the film to be just average until its truly awful [in my opinion] final 20 minutes. Among several other problems, I felt that Peele got far too carried away with throwing random sledgehammer themes and messages at the viewers so that other elements of the film suffered – but seeing as I loved Get Out I shall take another look at it when it hits home viewing!