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‘Nope’ Movie Review: Jordan Peele’s Third Movie is Terrifyingly Good

The movie ‘Nope’ is an original and brilliantly executed horror/sci-fi thriller that will surely keep you hooked to the seats.

'Nope' Movie Review Jordan Peele's Third Movie is Terrifyingly Good
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

Once again Jordan Peele has outdone himself with his darkly comedic, exceptional cinematography and a plot destined to send shivers down your spine. The movie ‘Nope’ premiered on July 19, 2022, and is currently running in theatres. 

‘Nope’ Movie Cast

'Nope' Movie Review Jordan Peele's Third Movie is Terrifyingly Good
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

Nope stars Daniel Kaluuya as Otis Haywood Jr, Keke Palmer as Emerald Haywood, Steven Yeun as Rickey Jupe, Micheal Wincott as Antlers Hoist, Brandon Perea as Angel Torres, Barbie Ferreria as Nessie, and Keith David as Otis Haywood Sr. 


Who is the caster of such abominations, who is the spectacle, and how do tables turn in life where the world is full of spectators define ‘Nope’?  

The movie starts with a heavy tone by reciting the biblical verse ‘’I will cast abominable filth upon you, make you vile and make you spectacle’’, at Haywood’s Hollywood horse ranch. You know it’s about to get crazy wild.

The summer sci-fi movie will follow two siblings and their horrors on a ranch in the dry state of California as they attempt to click pictures of the circulating UFOs around them when strange things start to happen. Responsibilities also enter the door after they lose their father to a wild accident and they are set to look after the ranch and horses together like the father once did.

To make ends meet, the duo decides to sell a few of their horses to a carnival owner named Jupe right next to the ranch who is fascinated with the extraterrestrial. Struggling under massive debt, they then decide to invest in surveillance equipment to capture UFOs in the hope to end their money woes. 

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Micheal Wincott, a cinematographer also joins the UFO hunting team as they unravel terrors in the middle of nowhere. The location ( Agua Dulce Desert in Los Angeles) poses fear and beauty in equal parts. 

‘Nope’ Movie Review

Nope Movie Review - Jordan Peele's Third Movie is Terrifyingly Good
Image Credits: Priyanshi Goyal

Nope is beautiful and weird in its way. It’s full of surprises and sins, Both Palmer and Kaluuya are exceptionally great at bringing out emotions. Peele narrates the movie in a series of majestic and powerful frames that question and consumes a spectacle. The movie doesn’t satisfy one’s curiosity and imagination easily. 

The cast is remarkably good. Emerald and Otis’s duo is perfectly seen complimenting the cinematography of Hoyte Van Hoytema. Other characters come and go, but the siblings are constant. Em is one tough cookie and keeps the dimension of ‘Nope’ fun and fierce. 

The night visuals are so breathtaking that you almost wished they never moved it to the day. The runtime is 135 mins long and it seems somewhat dragging with a few overly stretched subplots and especially the end. 

Overall the movie doesn’t disappoint and keeps our minds boggled. Peele deserves praise for the striking, horrific, and beautiful shape of the movie. It’s the type of movie which will keep you silent and wandering hours after you have exited the theatre. This brings us to our last question, should you miss it? Nope. 

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Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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