For this month’s project, we have Diptych, Triptych and Polyptych. Dave and I settled for diptych and got our theme from new Jordan Peele movie “Us,” which we had the pleasure of watching this weekend. No spoilers here beyond what you’d see in the trailer! The basic drama revolves around a family who is tormented by a malevolent version of themselves. One family is living a picturesque life full and prosperous while the other suffers in the shadows. The movie uses many allegories such as man’s duality, privilege and abandonment.
To make stark contrasts between the two versions, all of our scenes are of everyday activities taken to two extremes. The actions tie the two together, but the expressions and the grooming give them polarity. But even in the striking differences between the two you can see how they mirror each other in more subtle ways.
Ultimately there is pain in both worlds, and as emotions cross over from left to right it blurs ideas such as true-self vs alter ego or good vs bad. In reality we know there is no such thing as an evil twin. So where does the malevolence come from? If you like psychological thrillers, go see “Us,” it certainly got us thinking. If you saw it let us know what you think of both the movie and of our project.