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.