A Review of Nope (2022)

Don’t say nope to this

Have you ever been to a rural area such as a farmland or ranch and gotten the feeling of something not seeming right, something that could be related to extraterrestrial beings? If you have, you should check out this 2022 horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. Even if you have not had that feeling before, I highly suggest checking out this film. “Nope” stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who experience paranormal activities relating to their family’s ranch.

Jordan Peele does a brilliant job of driving a plot with aspects of upholding a legacy, family and persistence using horror, action and even some comedy. The film has a unique presentation as it uses chapter titles to divide its story in several parts, which seemed to have a different vibe for each chapter. The casting of this film is also well done. Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer have good chemistry which show the viewers the sibling bond these two characters share. Other notable performances include Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea and even a guest appearance from Keith David. Another impressive area of this film was the implementation of visual effects as they were used a perfect amount to show key areas of it and did not seem to be forced at any time. Overall, these things make this a good film that I highly suggest that you go out and see.

One thing, however, that did not seem right with this film was how it cut to various times so effortlessly. How one moment you would be watching a UFO go by, and the next you would be seeing a sit-com birthday gone horribly wrong, and it never really takes time to address this and forces the viewers to do a little work by linking up these plot details, which may seem like a good or bad thing depending on what you want to expect from a movie. Another flaw is that the ending just seems random, as it felt like the film should have ended at some point before and it felt like it was dragging it on for extra time.

But if you see this as a flaw, do not let it prevent you from seeing this film. I guarantee you will find it to be as good as I say. Yeah, the random cuts can be a little annoying as at first they seem to not make sense to the overall plot, or the ending came out of heavy left field. But I still enjoyed my time watching it from start to finish.

Overall, “Nope” is the best film I have seen this year so far. Its story was a little confusing at the beginning, but by the end of the film, and with a little thinking, it became cohesive, enjoyable and made complete sense. Again, I highly suggest that you go out and see this film, because you will not regret it if you do.

Post Author: Guy Broom