Movie Review: ‘Nope’ Might Be The Biggest “Yes” Of The Summer!

by | Jul 24, 2022 | Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 0 comments

The film industry only has a fraction of filmmakers working today that command a certain amount of attention when they release a new project. Jordan Peele is now one of those filmmakers. Every movie he has made invites the audience in to be both wildly entertained and think about something a little deeper than seems to be on the surface. ‘Nope’ is now my favorite of those movies.

While there is no doubt that Peele takes inspiration from filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, this is as close to an original genre film as it gets. The characters feel unique to this story and the big reveal that changes everything is wholly different than I remember in another film of this kind. It also leads to a final sequence that feels like a direct ode to filmmaking and the crews that are largely left unsung in the eyes of the world.

In many ways, this movie is all about the part of the film industry we largely don’t see. It looks at a group of people on the margins of the film industry and what they might do to finally be noticed. It deals with a former star who uses a tragedy to still cling on to fame. And even just the nature of family businesses in Hollywood and the challenge of sustaining them through the generations.

Yet, at its core, it is a sci fi horror film about the fear and wonder of what is in the sky. But it’s all the subtext and character development that makes the sci fi horror elements feel so moving. A big part of this lies in the performances of Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who are trying to carry on the family legacy after their father passes. Kaluuya’s somber and silent OJ gives the film its emotional core. While Palmer provides much of the films passion and energy with a career best turn as Emerald Haywood.

There are also outstanding performances by Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea, and Michael Wincott’s phenomenally deep voice. These are all supporting roles, but none of them are short changed by Peele’s expertly layered script. A subplot involving a horrific animal attack on a movie set is particularly well done and has a purpose that will remain elusive to many viewers.

Last, but certainly not least, is the outstanding technical work that was done to make this film look and sound so phenomenal. Absolutely everything, from composer Michael Abels score to the brilliant team of sound designers, are working at the top of their game here. But nobody is working at as high a level as composer Hoyte Van Hoytema. What he does to light some of the nighttime images of the sky is breathtaking and unforgettable. And his IMAX images during the closing 30 minutes make for quite the grand spectacle.

It’s safe to say that Jordan Peele has delivered a film that will leave audiences talking well past the walk to their car and given audiences another reason to return to theaters. This is especially true for audience that experience this movie in IMAX theaters. The IMAX images are second to none, and watching this movie in IMAX will be one of the great pleasures you have this year!

Nathan Ligon