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Review: ‘Nope’ has viewers saying “Yep”

Imagine watching a film that has comedy, suspense and spine-chilling scenes that may leave you unable to sleep soundly at night. These are all components of Jordan Peele’s new film “Nope.”  

The film was written, directed and co-produced by Peele under his Monkeypaw Productions banner. Not only is its storyline great, but the stars alone make it a film worth watching. “Nope” features a diverse cast of experienced actors like Keke Palmer, Daniel Kaluuya and Steven Yeun. 

The movie follows siblings Otis and Emerald Haywood, portrayed by Kaluuya and Palmer, respectively, as they attempt to capture evidence of an unidentified flying object. It also includes a rancher named Ricky Park, played by Yeun, who runs a theme park that includes an attraction where people pay to watch the UFO.

Due to the complexity of the film’s message, Peele decided to organize it into five chapters: “Ghost,” “Clover,” “Gordy,” “Lucky” and “Jean Jacket,” all of which relate to one another in some way. Each chapter also showcases unique cinematography and hidden messages.

There are many themes presented in “Nope,” the most memorable one being humanity’s abuse of nature for profit. Various scenes demonstrate this theme in different forms. The main ones are those that draw a parallel between “Gordy,” a chimpanzee at the center of a tragedy that occurs 22 years before the film’s events, and “Lucky,” one of the Haywoods’ horses.

The best way to describe “Nope,” like the two others directed by Peele thus far, is a cinematic masterpiece. The combination of horror and sci-fi is unusual but in the best way possible. It’s thought-provoking and captivating, and each scene leaves viewers with a perfect mix of suspense, fear and confusion. 

From the trailer alone, it’s pretty hard to grasp an understanding of the movie. In fact, many viewers entered with an idea of what would happen and were left completely stunned at the outcome. It’s the type of film that has so much detail, viewers wouldn’t mind watching it a second time to catch a few more hidden messages.

“Nope” is currently available in theaters and on digital, and will also be shown for free at the Marty Theater on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.

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