“Nope” Reviews: First Reactions to the Jordan Peele Thriller

Critics complain about Jordan Peele’s UFO thriller.

It’s been three years since Us hit theaters, but the wait for a new Jordan Peele movie is almost over. Expectations couldn’t be higher when Nope, Peele’s latest thought-provoking genre cinema, hits theaters this weekend. And if Jordan Peele fans know one thing, it’s that you should always expect the unexpected from him. Initial reactions were largely favourable.

Anticipation for Nope has been building for months, as the film’s cryptic trailers have kept everyone talking about the thriller without revealing much about the plot. The film is known to involve aliens and Hollywood history and also features a Gold Rush themed amusement park known as Jupiter’s Claim. But now that film critics are free to voice their opinions about the film, more information about the mysterious film is pouring in. If waiting 72 hours to see the film sounds absolutely excruciating to you, Film Twitter has you covered tonight.

Written and directed by Jordan Peele, Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who run Hollywood’s only black horse ranch. Other starring roles are Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Steven Yeun, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David, Donna Mills, Barbie Ferreira, Devon Graye and Oz Perkins.

In a recent interview, Peele said the film’s UFO theme was intended as an attempt to lure audiences back into the multiplexes with spectacle.

“The first thing I knew was that I wanted to create a spectacle. I wanted to create something that audiences need to see,” Peele said. “So I set my sights on the big American UFO story.”

Though it may be significantly more sci-fi than Peele’s earlier efforts, Nope still retains much of his signature brand of horror. In fact, Peele says the title stems from his hope that audiences would say “No!”

“The film itself is about spectacle and the good and bad that comes from that notion of attention,” he said. “It’s a horror epic, but it has some points in it that are meant to evoke a very audible reaction in the theater.”

Nope hits theaters on July 22nd. Read on for a roundup of the initial social media reactions to the film.

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