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For such a terrifying flick, the memes are hilarious.
Some of these memes contain spoilers for Us.
The internet has been waiting for Jordan Peele’s Us since its poster was released. Following Thursday night’s first screenings, which resulted in ample reaction memes overnight, we can see why the film may surpass its success at the box office while scaring—and puzzling—moviegoers.
The movie revolves around a family of four (played by Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and Evan Alex) which goes on a beach trip, only for things to take a horrifying turn when their doppelgängers show up outside their vacation house, trying to kill them. While it’s easy to assign the meaning “we are our own worst enemies” to its premise, there’s a lot more to this film that will take moviegoers a while to digest, as stated in the Daily Dot’s review.
Yet the many interpretations one can put upon it only intensified its appeal, and this movie is set to rake it in the box office. Box Office Mojo posted that the movie is “looking at a $50M+ opening weekend.”
— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) March 21, 2019
“The Universal and Monkeypaw Productions release is tracking to take in anywhere from $38 million to $48 million after staging a buzzy premiere at SXSW. Some analysts believe the film could approach, or even cross, $50 million,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It’s already certified fresh on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
— Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) March 20, 2019
Its box office success is reflected in all the Twitter love it’s been getting, as it trended during its Thursday night’s first public screenings. Moviegoers also took to Twitter to express their love for the story, directing, score, and acting—especially that of Nyong’o. User @bradmiska called it “an instant classic that we’ll be talking about for years.”
There’s so much to unpack in #usmovie that I’m going to be digesting it for the next few days. It’s one of those movies we can’t really talk about without spoiling everything, but it’s an instant classic that we’ll be talking about for years. pic.twitter.com/sj41y6DbWQ
— BBB Miska 🍕 (@bradmiska) March 22, 2019
Meanwhile, @cinemaniac94 declared it “My favorite movie of the year so far!”
No he's not the next Spielberg, he's not the next Craven, he's not the next Carpenter, Jordan Peele is the next JORDAN PEELE. #UsMovie was fucking phenomenal. I loved Lupita and Duke. The scares, the humor, and the music were all perfect. My favorite movie of the year so far! pic.twitter.com/ft7jJHvKQm
— Duane Miller (@Cinemaniac94) March 20, 2019
It’s a totally different movie the second time around. pic.twitter.com/bqb0eByxh3
— The All-Mighty Xilla Valentine (@BlogXilla) March 20, 2019
Holy cow, #UsMovie is quite a ride – terror, suspense and comedy, wrapped in mystery and style. Jordan Peele is exactly what Get Out introduced us to – one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. I’m anxious for a second viewing (and a third Jordan Peele movie). pic.twitter.com/dCgoysm8El
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) March 20, 2019
The #UsMovie hashtag even got its own scissors Twitter emoji—it’s a key symbolism in the movie, among many that people have tried to decode and put meaning to.
— Jeremiah Dollins (@ambivalent_man) March 22, 2019
There are many interpretations behind the meaning of the film (here’s a spoiler-filled one), and people were quick to share their own theories on Twitter. @undsptdphotos thinks it’s a “metaphor for poverty.”
Best theory I’ve seen on #UsMovie
It explains how the movie may be a metaphor for poverty. Mind blowing stuff. pic.twitter.com/Q4fUe9cu4d
— Undisputed 📸 (@UNDSPTDPHOTOS) March 22, 2019
Each group of people are pointing fingers at another group & blaming them for the problems in the country but as #UsMovie depicts so vividly..when u point fingers u have three pointing back at u. We, as Americans, are to blame. It's US. Ourselves to blame. I love Jordan Peele
— . (@xxxaw_) March 22, 2019
The best thing about the #UsMovie thread? The memes are a hoot, whether or not you’ve seen the horror flick. And if you’re still psyching yourself up because you’re too chicken, the memes just might convince you to watch. The spoilers without context are especially hilarious.
— AvaDuVernayVEVO (@NegressElba) March 22, 2019
— Yaska (@DaRealYasminNur) March 22, 2019
— The Culture Buff Podcast (@CultureBuffPod) March 22, 2019
The characters’ key scenes and actions proved to be a meme gold mine. “Lupita Nyong’o getting in the car at the end of #UsMovie like,” @goodnightharlem posted.
— GoodNightHarlem🎙 (@GoodNightHarlem) March 22, 2019
— Eskimo Rick (@AirWr3ck) March 22, 2019
— Yaska (@DaRealYasminNur) March 22, 2019
— Juan (@juanjzaz) March 22, 2019
The best memes are people’s reactions after seeing the movie, especially when they walk past a mirror, as @blaquimoon tweeted:
— negganigga (@blaquimoon) March 22, 2019
— Cameron Grant (@coolghost101) March 22, 2019
— y (@yaxzsmim) March 22, 2019
— Corben (@corbencarpenter) March 22, 2019
— Jay Bar (@jaaybaar) March 22, 2019
These users are mind-blown.
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) March 22, 2019
— Lindsey Jones (@linds_oliv) March 22, 2019
— JJ (@Its_jaylaj) March 22, 2019
— J.Solo (@JJustITA) March 22, 2019
It wouldn’t be a giant cultural event without a SpongeBob meme.
— TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) March 22, 2019
We love how user @xspiritdesirex is already thinking of Us-themed Halloween costumes for this year:
So we all doing red jumpsuits, scissors , and sandals for Halloween costumes or what ? #UsMovie
— xGAYBREAKFASTx (@xspiritdesirex) March 22, 2019
We thought Us was compelling enough to post a huge opening weekend. Now that there are memes, there is little doubt about it.
Trixie Reyna-Benedicto is a lifestyle editor and writer based in the Philippines. Previously, she helmed Cosmopolitan Philippines’ website, Cosmo.ph, as its founding editor. She later served as editor-in-chief of lifestyle and entertainment portals for Manila-based media company TV5. Her work has appeared in several print and online publications in her country, and she contributes to Speed Magazine, DG Traveler, and Connected Women, among others. Visit her website, trixiereyna.com.