Review: Jordan Peele’s thoughtfully freaky ‘Us’ proves ‘Get Out’ was no fluke

Steven Spielberg made us afraid to go in the water back in the day. Jordan Peele, not to be outdone, will have you avoiding any and all mirrors, as well as worrying about your own shadow.

With Peele’s thoughtfully freaky new horror film “Us” (★★★½ out of four; rated R; in theaters nationwide Friday), the Oscar-winning wunderkind proves the masterful scares of his debut “Get Out” were no fluke but instead harbingers of wicked things to come. While racism and privilege were at the dark heart of his social-thriller breakout, Peele delivers a very relevant movie monster for 2019: ourselves.

The Wilsons are a California family visiting the beachy locale of Santa Cruz, hometown of mom Adelaide (Lupita Nyong’o), where a traumatic incident at a carnival attraction in 1986 continues to haunt her. Because of that, she tends to be the overprotective sort while fun-loving, carefree dad Gabe (Winston Duke) does his best to keep things lighthearted for willful teen daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and young son Jason (Evan Alex).

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