Critics on Jordan Peele’s Nope, Is It Worth Watching?

Jordan Peele’s new horror thriller Nope is highly praised in first reactions reviews.

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Jordan Peele’s new horror thriller Nope starring Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer will hit theaters this weekend. Nope is Jordan Peele’s third film as a director, after Us and Get Out. Both Us and Get Out were blockbuster. Peele has also written the story as well as produced the film. Universal Studios is distributing the new sci-fi horror thriller worldwide.

Recently Nope premiered in Los Angeles where critics have praised the film fiercely. Critics have called Peele’s Nope his best film to date, which takes a step ahead of Us and Get Out in terms of thrills. According to critics, Actress Keke Palmer will be seen staking her claim at the upcoming Academy Awards with her strong performance in the new horror flick as well as Jordan Peele for sure.


IGN’s Siddhant Adlakha while praising Jordan Peele’s Nope writes that, “A hilariously bleak vision of the American dream, Jordan Peele’s Nope is a farcical love letter to Hollywood filmmaking. A sci-fi-horror-comedy that builds cinematic myths before casually knocking them over, it’s one of the most effective and purely entertaining summer blockbusters in years, from a studio director at the peak of his craft.”


IndieWire’s David Ehrlich writes that, “While Jordan Peele has fast become one of the most relevant and profitable of modern American filmmakers, Nope is the first time that he’s been afforded a budget fit for a true blockbuster spectacle, and that’s exactly what he’s created with it. But if this smart, muscular, and massively entertaining flying saucer freak-out is such an old-school delight that it starts with a shout-out to early cinema pioneer Eadweard Muybridge (before paying homage to more direct influences like Close Encounters of the Third Kind), it’s also a thoroughly modern popcorn movie for and about viewers who’ve been inundated with — and addicted to — 21st-century visions of real-life terror.”


According to Empire’s Kambole Campbell writes that, “Through all of this, Nope sees Peele distinguish between the making of entertainment for an audience — a ravenous, uncaring beast, bloodying its teeth with the spectacle of other people’s lives — and the act of filmmaking for yourself, capturing something impossible on-camera, making a dream real. In the exploration of these ideas, the mythmaking of the Haywood ranch dovetails with Peele tearing away classic cinematic imagery from white-supremacist, manifest-destiny roots. The director repurposes it as a spectacle of the more triumphant kind, framing Kaluuya as a cowboy in a bright-orange The Scorpion King crew hoodie. In defining such liberation he wrangles film and television production history as the Haywoods do horses, pulling in all of his favourite cinema and lovingly demolishing and rebuilding it. Nope is as much a celebration of what’s great about film as it is a parody of its monstrous tendencies.”


Forbes’s Jeff Ewing writes regarding Jordan Peele’s Nope that, “In Jordan Peele’s Nope, a UFO sighting provides an exploration of the predatory side of the entertainment industry, while becoming something else entirely in Peele’s hands. Nope is Peele at his most imaginative, a story of two characters who refuse to be pinned down from a director who refuses the same. It’s a big, surprising evolution of the classic Hollywood UFO story in properly cosmic dimensions. It’s great, and whatever you’re expecting, you’ll likely be wrong.”

The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter’s Lovia Gyarkye writes that, ““Even when parts of it don’t gel, Nope is a rapturous watch. This film, about a pair of sibling horse wranglers who encounter an uncanny force on their ranch, covers a wide range of themes: Hollywood’s obsession with and addiction to spectacle, the United States’ inurement to violence, the siren call of capitalism, the legacy of the Black cowboy, and the myth of the American West. Aided by a strong cast, led impressively by Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, and Brandon Perea, Peele plunges us into a cavernous, twisted reality.”


Variety’s Owen Gleiberman writes that, “Nope itself starts flying off in different directions. It’s part of the film’s design — and, in a way, its racial consciousness — that OJ and Emerald are too mistrustful of mainstream white society to get any authorities involved. So we’re spared the sort of meddlesome-U.S.-government boilerplate plot that weighed down a movie like Arrival. Yet Nope doesn’t have a plot so much as a series of happenings that spill out in an impressionistic and arbitrary way. Logic often takes a back seat, and that has the unfortunate effect of lessening our involvement.”

Nope Release Date

Universal’s Nope is schedule to release in theatres on July 22, 2022.

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