With the release of the movie, "Us", came tons of think pieces - the keyboard philosophers sure had plenty to say about it. I saw the movie on Saturday, and had to spend a couple days thinking about all of the concepts Jordan Peele explored so intricately, and so brilliantly. I'm still thinking about the symbols in that film, as a matter of fact. You'll never hear me say that I'm too smart for anything - art is all about interpretation, and the best art (in my opinion) takes a while to fully digest, as was the case for "Us". Not everyone thinks that way, though. Someone I follow on Twitter (whose name I've redacted) said the following:
All in all, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and I'm not going to sit here and say that the guy who compared Jordan Peele's "Us" to the complicated nature of Beethoven's music is right or wrong. I WILL say, though, that Beethoven's music is remembered and revered because it was personal - the only algorithm really at play was his life experience, and how that came through his art. We have to maintain that same energy when we consider the depth of contemporary art, INCLUDING featured films. Defining a movie, a piece of music, a book, or anything as "[not] meant to be enjoyed by all" is dangerously close to Soviet's battle against what they saw as formalism - let's let the past teach us about the present.
It's very interesting that a film with people dressed in RED, and a conversation surrounding it, made me think of Soviet Russia (remember learning about the "Red Scare"?) If you haven't seen "Us", I highly recommend it. Here's an excerpt from the film's score that instantly grabbed my attention in the theater: