NOPE Delivers A Perfect Thrill And Chill Fest

Jordan Peele has made a name for himself with his films that take familiar tropes and turn them completely on their head. Featuring his talented mix of dark comedy and suspense, will have audiences laughing one minute and wrestling the next with his arm. You can go into the movie hoping that by the time it reaches its conclusion, the only thing left is a complete surprise. That’s why it’s important to avoid spoilers as much as possible (except in the preview) to avoid spoiling the experience. In this day and age where everyone wants to know everything about something before experiencing it, it can feel like an insurmountable challenge. While I will keep this review spoiler free, I highly recommend avoiding it as much as possible before seeing it for yourself.

NOPE stars Hollywood horse wranglers Otis “OJ” Hayward Jr. (Daniel Kaluuya) and his Sister M (Keke Palmer), who, following the tragic death of their father Otis Sr., leave their once-famous horse farm permanently in obscurity. Trying to keep from falling. (Keith David). In a world that is quickly losing interest in live animals, in favor of easy CGI effects, it doesn’t seem likely that OJ will have a horse to fight for much longer. Hoping to keep paying the bills, and to keep things going for just one more day, OJ is forced to “rent” his father’s famous horses to Jupe (Steven Yeun), who is emotionally Scared is a child actor who has opened his own western themed amusement park. OJ continues to run the little business he has left, promising to allow him to buy the horses back once OJ has the money.

The strange circumstances surrounding their father’s death, and their own eyewitness accounts of something in the sky, lead both Em and OJ to figure out how to get rich quick, and fry electronics of their own. With the help of (may this rest in peace) onsite support and install technician Angel (Brandon Perea). The group sets out to capture the money shot, the shot they’ll get on Oprah and solve all their problems. Sadly, things are as easy as they seem, and things go downhill quickly.

As one would expect from Jordan Peele, the casting is absolutely top notch. Daniel Kaluu turned down Black Panther 2 so he could play a starring role in this science-fiction epic. Keke Palmer does an amazing job as a fast-paced sister who’s constantly doing side hustle, is never content to just sit back and let things happen around her. Brandon Pariah completely stole the show with his portrayal of Angel, which means (if not a little rude) Fry’s electronics employee who always seems to be when things are going downhill.

Not blind, not short of breath. The feature was filmed using IMAX cameras and you should definitely do so if you have the ability to watch it in IMAX for yourself. The quaint western theme parks, run-down car dealerships, and environmental impact literally fade away from the screen. It is a film that will take full advantage of your eyes and ears and soaking in the best viewing experience is the key to enjoying it the way it was experienced. This is definitely a film that benefits from watching on the big screen and will obviously lose a lot in translation to watch at home.

Unfortunately, this is a film that probably leaves most critics scratching their heads on how to present a complete review of the film and keep things free from spoilers at the same time. Previews and discussions about this film have been vague for a reason, and while most people know about its premise, it is the presentation that is really the star of the show. The film is chalk full of references and symbolism, something that will likely blow over some people’s heads (pun intended), and also takes a satirical tone on the birth of Hollywood and what it has become. All the characters have suffered heavy trauma, each presenting themselves in different ways. Whether it’s the loss of OJ and Em’s father, the traumatic events that happened in Jupp’s past, or even the most recent break-up that Engel shares with his girlfriend after landing a part on a pilot episode on The CW. After experienced, each of the characters adds to the story and how it is portrayed on screen.

Nope is a film that is hard to describe without telling the story. Even at its most basic level, this isn’t just another UFO movie. To believe it would be an underestimate of what it brings to the table. However, because much of it is based on events surrounding the film, much like many of Jordan Peele’s other films, it is difficult to convince people to watch it and be surprised at the same time. This is a movie you want others to experience, so when it’s all said and done you can just hash it out together. Probably a movie that will need to be watched a few times, just to understand all the little nuances that will be missed the first time around. No, that’s something you’ve never seen before, and at the end of the movie you might start to ask yourself why.

4 out of 5 stars

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