NOPE – Review by T. J. Callahan

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Nope: He’s big. He’s bad. He’s got a lot of spirit.

In his third film, writer, director, producer Jordan Peele sticks with the delivery of ample servings of horror and mystery that earned him a seat at the big kid’s table, but adds a healthy sprinkle of spicy Sci Fi as he kicks it up a notch with NOPE.

Set in the mountainous desert north of Los Angeles, NOPE is about brother and sister horse wranglers who believe aliens have camped out in a cloud over their family’s ranch. When they decide to get video of the creepy occurrences to cash in on the phenomenon, they get more than they bargained for.

NOPE is a LOPE on a slippery SLOPE featuring typical horror TROPES in the scope of 2 hours and 11 minutes. The talented cast (Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yuen) and mystical cinematography (Hoyte Van Hoytema) will ROPE you in. Although you may GROPE the arm rests of your chair too tight, you’ll be able to COPE with this throwback to 1950’s Science Fiction Theater.

NOPE is rated R for some language foul enough to get your mouth washed out with SOAP, but there’s enough HOPE and heart to get special clearance from the POPE.

Jordan Peele has become known for using hot button social issues as the themes for his films, but with NOPE he’s not as WOKE and goes for BROKE to PROVOKE jump scares and POKE fun by borrowing from fantasy classics like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Wizard of Oz, King Kong and Signs while mixing in old Hollywood history.

There are strange sounds, power outages, rain storms, blood, a transforming spacecraft, comic relief, Marfa lights, and horses. You may leave the theater thinking what the heck was Peele SMOKEing?! But don’t be afraid to say Yep to NOPE. NOPE is DOPE. My husband, Ricky, gives it 1 and 1⁄2 👁’s open. 7 out of 10.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.