This incredible 'Us' theory is making people want to go back and re-watch it again
After the huge success of Get Out, both critically and commercially, everyone was looking forward to the next film by comedian-turned-horror-director Jordan Peele. Luckily for us, we only had to wait two years before he came back with Us - and it's already breaking records and wowing audiences across the globe.
In fact, it has the second-highest opening for a live-action original film of all time - and the movie that takes the top spot is Avatar, so it's fair to say it still did pretty damn well.
The film also lends itself to numerous interpretations, given the fact it gives us just enough information about its plot to intrigue us, but not all the answers. Reddit has been full to the brim with fan theories about the film, and one, in particular, has become very popular with fans of the movie.
For those of you who haven't seen the movie yet, here's where you head out, buy a ticket, watch it, then come back and dive into this theory... Spoilers ahead!
For those who need a refresher, the film ends with the revelation that back when Adelaide and her 'tethered' double, Red, first met in 1986 - they switched places. While none of the other characters know this, there's a moment between Adelaide and her son Jason where he looks at her with scepticism. She smiles, and pulls his werewolf mask back on, and the movie ends.
What this theory posits is that Jason and his 'tethered' double were also switched, just like his mother.
There's a number of things that the Redditor 'hoopsterben' picked out in his post as evidence, all supposedly pointing to the fact that Jason was switched out the summer before the movie takes place:
"1. He forgot the magic trick. He didn’t actually forget the magic trick, he learned it successfully and burnt half of his face off in the process, though his tethered only has a slight memory of him learning the trick.
2. While at the beach instead of building sand castles he was building tunnels, weird right?
3. When both of the boys are in danger, the moms realize this had happened and each of them focus on their child. You can see in her eyes how sad she is when he burns alive.
4. At the end, he has realized that his mother, at one point, has also switched bodies. She gives him a look almost like “I also know what you know” and then he puts on his mask, as a symbol of the masks they will now wear for the rest of their lives."
There are a number of other ways to interpret some of these moments, given that Adelaide has a similar moment of sympathy when her daughter's 'tethered' double dies, and the tunnels that Jason is building in the sand could be one of the ways he is unconsciously mirroring his other half... but there are a lot of coincidences here that line up.
The fact that Jason is more comfortable playing in the dark confines of the closet may show he's so used to that environment that he returns to it when he's overwhelmed. Additionally, Pluto is the only tethered family member who doesn't try to murder his double, but instead engages in a mirroring game - one that Jason eventually uses to send him into the flames.
The tethered were designed in the first place as part of a failed experiment to control the population above ground. The fact that Jason is able to control Pluto at all may mean that he is actually the tethered clone.
So why does Pluto have burn scars if he was switched out? Well, some are suggesting that all comes down to Jason's 'party trick'. Every time the trick lighter fails as he holds it close to his face, Pluto matched the movement and suffered burns because of it...
Convinced? Or does this theory just make your head hurt? I know it does for me...