19 July 2022

The first reactions to Jordan Peele’s ‘Nope’ are in

Jordan Peele knocks it out the park once again with his third directorial effort.

Ever since Jordan Peele unveiled the vague, UFO concentrated trailer for Nope, fans were looking for answers — well, now it seems like they’ll finally get them (or not). The world premiere for the highly anticipated flick took place last night and the reactions are in. So, what does everyone think? They obviously love it.

After making himself one of the most revered and respected directors of his generation, Peele has returned with his latest sci-fi epic Nope. Ever since dropping 2017’s Get Out and bringing a new lease of life to the horror genre, it was clear that Peele would become a special director. His follow-up Us wasn’t half bad either.

Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings on a ranch in California who begin to experience terrifying extraterrestrial activity, which they attempt to capture footage of for a lucrative paycheck. Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, Brandon Perea and Barbie Ferreira also appear in the film

Critics are praising the film for its new spin on the sci-fi/UFO genre, which swerves away from Peele’s usual tension-rising style of horror. Although, of course, given his comedic background there are always dashes of humour laced throughout.

Heather Wilson, Managing Editor of Daily Dead News tweeted: “So #NopeMovie is absolutely phenomenal in so many ways. Perfectly blends together a sci-fi spectacle w / a story that is also something of a Hollywood reckoning & it blew my expectations away. Gorgeously shot, the sound mix is thunderous & the cast all shines. Loved love loved it [sic].”

Nope is out of this world. A monster mash with great performances (esp. Kaluuya) and a 50s sci-fi invasion motif. A spectacle about the horrors of spectacles. Jordan Peele has been compared to Hitchcock, but Nope shows he’s a next-gen Carpenter. Enjoy the show and don’t look up,” CNN reporter Frank Polatta said.

Yahoo Entertainment Correspondent, Kevin Poloway, tweeted that: “The most important thing you need to know about Nope is it’s crazy different from Get Out & Us. This is Jordan Peele spreading his wings and making big budget Spielberg/esque sci-fi, but with the subtext you’d expect. Enter with an open mind and you’ll be rewarded.”

However, despite all the positive reviews, Hollywood Critics Association member, Scott Menzel, said that this is Peele’s “weakest” film. “Nope is Jordan Peele’s most ambitious film but also his weakest. The first act is superb but by the second, it loses its footing and becomes a bad M. Night Shyamalan movie with Spielbergian elements. It lacks a sense of focus with a story that is never fully realised.”

Nope is out in UK cinemas on 12 August 2022

  • Writer Chris Saunders
  • Banner Image Credit Monkeypaw Productions / Nope

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