With Nope Jordan Peele Pulls Off a Fantastic Horror Hat Trick


I must say: for those of you whose mind has mashed oats after the craziness of the last few years, No Jordan Peele is the third director. And damn if the man still hasn’t brought his A-game with him again. Yes, there will definitely be times when you watch this movie and say things like “What…?” As…?” Why…?” But…?”And this is to be expected; this is Jordan Peele’s joint, so there will be times when Peele, like in his previous movies, wants you to sit down and think about things instead of spoon-feeding them. He wants you to roll these screen moments into the parts of your brain and discuss them with people. And believe me, my screening friends had a lot to chat about outside the cinema. I bet you will too.

This review will be difficult as I don’t want to spoil anything for you by sharing a hint of what’s coming up when you sit down at the multiplex. So let’s focus on the basics, shall we? The cinematography is crisp and clear, with a look reminiscent of classic CinemaScope productions and Spielberg’s early blockbusters. Sound editing is especially important in this story, and even the quiet parts are full of almost subliminal sounds that catch your attention and scare the hell out of you. Gore? Uhm. Yes and no? Depends on what you mean by that. But the FX is excellent and again reminds of the Spielberg of the 70s. I said too much…

The performances are first class. As always, Daniel Kaluuya is great as our lead actor. He offers a masterclass in quiet emotion, and his ability to project humor and horror is something to behold. The other two in the trio of artists who are above the title, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun, also give awesome performances. Although their character traits are very different, their stories give them a lot to do, and they both dig with enthusiasm. I hope you get added to Peele’s top tier talent stable quickly. Greetings to Keith David, one of my favorite actors, and Euphoria star Barbie Ferreira, who steal the spotlight in their scenes.

No, it offers something I thought I’d never see; an interesting new look at the tropics of terror that I thought had long been knocked to the ground by overuse. The themes of our fascination with all forms of spectacle, how we react to our world/live in it and how we react as a species to all sorts of things, fans and students will have a lot to offer in the coming years. This film is both of its time and timeless. Damn Peele, you did good.

But you know… just stay away from anything that hints at what is happening in this movie before you leave. You want to be described as little as possible. Don’t mention it.

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