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A poster for Jordan Peeles film Nope.

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A poster for Jordan Peele’s film “Nope”.

Nope? Yes, Please!

March 20, 2023

I first saw the trailers for Nope, I thought the movie would be totally different from what it turned out to be. One of the most anticipated movies in the summer of 2022, people speculated whether this movie would be a horror, thriller, sci-fi, or even a comedy.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one excited to see this movie because the first weekend it came out it grossed 036;171.2 million, the biggest opening weekend since the pandemic began.

Personally, I went into the theater blind to what this movie was even about. I did know that the director of Nope, Jordan Peele, has made other great movies such as Get out and Us. But as I sat in the theater watching this film, I quickly realized that I was seeing something totally new to the movie business.

Nope is almost like a sci-fi meets modern-day western. It was a truly unique experience. No doubt you’re wondering, “Okay, but what’s the basic plot?” Sorry, but like other reviewers of this movie, I really can’t give you any more specifics than this, because to do so would really spoil the plot. Trust me: You’ll be better off going into this movie knowing less rather than more of what it’s about.

What I thought was interesting was that a large part of this movie is about filmmaking itself, and that means it forces you to think a bit to understand and appreciate all of the little details. So I don’t recommend this movie to people who get confused a lot or who just want to watch a mindless movie. Yes, it’s confusing at times, but that confusion is deliberate because it makes you appreciate the characters’ own confusion as they are swept up into something they don’t understand.

For me, the result is a flick I really did enjoy which challenged me to make sense of all the plot’s twists as I found myself gripping onto the characters who are well-played by actors Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun and Barbie Ferreira.

Some feel this movie has created a conversation about under-representation in the Hollywood moviemaking franchise, showing how when Hollywood began, it was mainly run by African Americans and how that has transitioned into something very different today.

Overall, I consider Nope one of the best movies I have seen in this new, weird genre mash-up of sci-fi and a modern-day western. Featuring amazing cinematography, the movie takes ample advantage of its desert location to provide a beautiful background for what turns out to be a spine-chilling movie.

This movie was a 10/10 for me as I was just so captivated by the way the movie flowed, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves unique and creative films. Nope is now streaming on Peacock.

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Jayne is in 10th grade. In her free time she like to play Volleyball and write. In the future she hopes to attend New York University to become a dermatologist....

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