First “Nope” Reactions Say Jordan Peele’s Latest Stunner is Out of This World
You’ll never look at the sky the same way again.
This is one reaction we’re seeing a lot of from critics who have seen Jordan Peele’s Nope, his eagerly-anticipated third feature set on a horse ranch outside of Los Angeles, and involving some unexpected visitors in the sky. Nope has been hyped as Peele’s most ambitious project yet, which says something considering the big swings he took with his Oscar-winning debut Get Out and his sensational follow-up Us.
#NopeMovie is a resounding YES. See it on the biggest screen you can find. A thrilling and strange spectacle unlike anything else out there. I’ll never look at the sky the same way again.
— Nigel Smith (@nigelmfs) July 19, 2022
With Nope, Peele re-teams with his Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya and surrounds him with an interstellar cast (excuse the pun). Kaluuya plays OJ Haywood, and Nope is centered on his relationship with his sister Emerald (Keke Palmer, coming in for massive praise) as they try to figure out how to handle visits from some uninvited interstellar guests to the skies above the Haywood Ranch. While terror is an understandable first blush reaction, soon OJ and Emerald hit on a new plan—they’re going to film an alien craft and not only prove we’re not alone in the universe but possibly become rich and famous in the process.
Now that critics have seen the film, their reactions are flooding onto Twitter. While full reviews are still embargoed, you can get a feel for the Nope vibe through these spoiler-free takes:
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. Love love loved it. pic.twitter.com/qdcZIvsX5T
— Heather Wixson (@MMEFXBook is available now!) (@thehorrorchick) July 19, 2022
#NOPEMovie isn’t what you expect and the trailer doesn’t give it justice.
Jordan Peele does the unimaginable — again.
RUN, DON’T WALK TO SEE IT THIS WEEKEND.
GIVE KEKE PALMER ALL THE AWARDS CONSIDERATION THIS YEAR.
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) July 19, 2022
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. #NopeMovie
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) July 19, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/dGKwbXg0WF
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) July 19, 2022
#NopeMovie is otherworldly yet indescribable. From instances of sheer terror to heartfelt moments btwn the characters, #Nope is an experience that won’t be easy to shake off as you find yourself picking your jaw up from the floor. Jordan Peele has done it again! @nopemovie pic.twitter.com/bUr1ad5TAx
— Shannon McGrew 🎃🍭 @ Screaming Into the Void (@shannon_mcgrew) July 19, 2022
As if Hitchcock, Kubrick & Tarantino had a baby!
Review Wednesday pic.twitter.com/uVTbMbMPhq
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) July 19, 2022
And cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema shot the movie using @IMAX cameras so if you’re going to see #Nope see it in IMAX. Hoytema previously shot ‘Tenet,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ and ‘Interstellar.’ pic.twitter.com/92z9udtRMT
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peele’s #Nope is one of the best films I’ve watched this year! It’s frightening & ferocious, but also very funny & unlike any UFO movie you’ve ever seen. It is a wholly unique & VERY entertaining horror epic full of wild surprises & an unforgettable Keke Palmer performance pic.twitter.com/iua9HPt0RG
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peele’s Nope is his most confident, unfettered, and potentially most divisive vision yet. Swapping the exclamation marks of horror for the question marks of sci-fi, this is less about scares. With hints of Close Encounters, Jaws, and more, #NopeMovie is a real puzzlebox. pic.twitter.com/Ny3EVaLTqW
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) July 19, 2022
Nope hits theaters on July 22.
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Featured image: Daniel Kaluuya is OJ Haywood in “Nope.” Courtesy Universal Pictures.