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.
NOPE is out of this world. A monster mash with great performances (especially Kaluuya) and a 50’s sci-fi invasion theme. A spectacle about the horror of glasses.
Jordan Peele has been compared to Hitchcock, but NOPE shows he’s a next-generation carpenter. Enjoy the show and don’t look up. pic.twitter.com/dGKwbXg0WF
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) July 19, 2022
I really loved NOPE. Symbolism aside (there’s a lot of that), I think it really works as a fun alien movie in the spirit of TREMORS (a movie I found Jordan Peele loves). It feels like a throwback to a summer alien movie. Have fun.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 19, 2022
The most important thing you need to know about NOPE is that it is completely different from Get Out & Us. This is Jordan Peele spreading his wings and making Spielberg-esque sci-fi on a big budget, but with the subtext you’d expect. Enter with an open mind and you will be rewarded. #NoMovie
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) July 19, 2022
So #NoMovie is absolutely phenomenal in so many ways. Perfectly combines a sci-fi spectacle with a story that is also something of a Hollywood reckoning and blew my expectations away. Beautifully recorded, the sound mix is thunderous and the cast is brilliant. love love loved it pic.twitter.com/qdcZIvsX5T
— Heather Wixson (@MMEFXBook is available now!) (@thehorrorchick) July 19, 2022
#NoMovie is otherworldly and yet indescribable. From sheer scares to heartfelt moments between characters, #nope is an experience that won’t be easy to shake off once you find yourself picking your jaw off the ground. Jordan Peele has done it again! @nopemovie pic.twitter.com/bUr1ad5TAx
— Shannon McGrew 🎃🍭 @ Screaming Into the Void (@shannon_mcgrew) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peeles #nope is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year! It’s scary and cruel but also very funny and unlike any UFO movies you’ve ever seen. It’s a totally unique and VERY entertaining horror epic full of wild surprises and an unforgettable Keke Palmer performance pic.twitter.com/iua9HPt0RG
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peele’s Nope is his most confident, unconstrained, and possibly most controversial vision yet. Swapping the exclamation marks of horror for the question marks of sci-fi, this is less about horror. With references to Close Encounters, Jaws and more, #NoMovie is a real puzzle box. pic.twitter.com/Ny3EVaLTqW
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) July 19, 2022
#NoMovie is a resounding YES. See it on the biggest screen you can find. An exciting and strange spectacle that has never existed before. I will never look at the sky the same way again.
— Nigel Smith (@nigelmfs) July 19, 2022
No, it’s not what you would expect. An entertaining head-scratcher, equal parts bewildering and terrifying, and like most films by @JordanPeele, offers layers you probably won’t pull off in one sitting. (CONTINUATION) #NoMovie pic.twitter.com/GwkHzqkynt
— Chris Killian (@chriskillian) July 19, 2022