Nope is my favorite movie of the year so far and that’s saying a lot with all the films this year. Jordan Peele is back with his third feature film and it’s a yes from me. The film takes a different approach as it’s much more grand than the previous two. Nope is still at its core about humanity but on a much grander stage and it works. The story follows two siblings trying to keep the family ranch afloat as the history behind it is so rich. OJ the older brother played by Daniel Kaluuya starts seeing a flying saucer and it isn’t long before his sister Emerald does as well. They decide to get it on video and maybe go viral to be able save the ranch.
I won’t get further into the story to avoid spoiler but what follows is some intense scenes on a grand level. The use of IMAX cameras here works so well and the accompanying score as well kept you on the edge of your seat. Jordan Peele knows how to frame his cameras to give you that feeling just how big these shots really are. On a cinematography level Nope is Peele’s best looking film with beautiful warm and blue tones throughout. This is definitely a film that needs to be seen on IMAX to really immerse you into the story. The tribute to cinema and homages to classics really will cement Peele as one of the greats in film.
The acting as well is another level from everyone involved and the breakout star is Keke Palmer as Emerald. Keke steals every scene she is in with her charisma and ability to really carry herself through various emotions. Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun, and Brandon Perea also give some great performances and the cast balances itself well. The character never felt one dimensional and the emotions each one had was felt throughout. I really hope to see more from them especially Keke Palmer in the future.
Of course the big question is that twist that we can expect from Jordan Peele, I can confidently say I didn’t see it coming. I also can definitely see this film being divisive however when it comes to that and it’s ending. The ending definitely felt rushed but when you think about the film overall this is something you can brush over. I truly feel that this is one of the best films of the year and would rank it above US but not higher than Get Out when it comes to Peele’s filmography. In the end is Nope worth checking out on IMAX? The answer is a simple yep!
NOPE IS IN THEATERS JULY 22, 2022