However, fans are expected to read between the lines for the social commentary that is bubbling under the surface. The movie follows Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) as she returns to the beachfront house she grew up in as a child. Joined by her husband (Winston Duke) and two children, the family is soon ambushed by four strangers in masks — who, once unmasked, are revealed to be a scarier versions of the Wilson family. WTF.
Us movie symbolism explained.
Not to give away too many spoilers, but Jordan explained the meaning behind the doppelgänger family. “We are our own worst enemy,” he said, “not just as individuals but more importantly as a group, as a family, as a society, as a country, as a world. We are afraid of the shadowy, mysterious ‘other’ that’s gonna come and kill us and take our jobs and do whatever, but what we’re really afraid of is the thing we’re suppressing: our sin, our guilt, our contribution to our own demise.”
He continued, “No one’s taking responsibility for where we’re at. Owning up, blaming ourselves for our part in the problems of the world is something I’m not seeing.”