‘No’ reviews: first reactions to the thriller Jordan Peele
Critics weigh in on Jordan Peele’s UFO thriller.
It’s been three years since “Us” hit theaters, but the wait for a new Jordan Peele movie is almost over. Expectations couldn’t be higher as “No,” Peele’s latest thought-provoking genre flick, hits theaters this weekend. And if fans of Jordan Peele know one thing, it’s that you should always expect the unexpected from him. Initial reactions have been largely favourable.
Anticipation for “No” has been building for months, as the film’s cryptic trailers ensured the thriller stuck in everyone’s mind without revealing much about the plot. The film is known to involve aliens and Hollywood history, and also features a gold rush themed amusement park known as Jupiter’s Claim. But now that movie critics are free to speak up about the film, more and more information is starting to trickle in about the secret film. If waiting 72 hours to see the movie sounds absolutely nerve-wracking, Twitter Movie has you covered tonight.
“Nope” is written and directed by Jordan Peele and stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who operate the only black-owned horse ranch in Hollywood. Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Steven Yeun, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David, Donna Mills, Barbie Ferreira, Devon Graye and Oz Perkins also star.
In a recent interview, Peele said the film’s UFO subject matter was intended as an attempt to lure audiences to show multiplexes.
“The first thing I knew was that I wanted to create a show. I wanted to create something that audiences should come and see,” Peele said. “So I set my sights on the great American history of UFOs.”
While it may be decidedly more sci-fi than Peele’s previous efforts, “Nope” still packs a lot of his horror mark. In fact, Peele says the title comes from his hope that the audience will shout “no!”
“The film itself is about the spectacle, and the good and bad that comes with this idea of attention,” he said. “It’s a horror epic, but there are points that are meant to elicit a very audible reaction in the theater.”
“No” hits theaters on July 22. Keep reading for a roundup of early social media reactions to the film.
NOPE is out of this world. A monster mash with great performances (especially Kaluuya) and a 50s sci-fi invasion motif. A show about the horrors of shows.
Jordan Peele has been compared to Hitchcock, but NOPE shows he’s a next-gen carpenter. Enjoy the show and don’t look up. pic.twitter.com/dGKwbXg0WF
– Franck Pallotta (@frankpallotta) July 19, 2022
I really loved NOPE. Beyond the symbolism (there’s a lot of it), I think it really works as a fun alien movie in the spirit of TREMORS (a movie, as I’ve discovered, that Jordan Peele loves). It looks like a throwback to a summer alien movie. Very funny.
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) July 19, 2022
The most important thing you need to know about NOPE is that it’s completely different from Get Out & Us. It’s Jordan Peele spreading his wings and doing big-budget Spielberg/esque sci-fi, but with the subtext you expect. Enter with an open mind and you will be rewarded. #NopeMovie
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) July 19, 2022
So #NopeMovie is absolutely phenomenal in so many ways. Perfectly blends a sci-fi spectacle with a story that also feels like a Hollywood reckoning and blew my expectations away. Beautifully shot, the sound mix is thunderous and the cast shines. Love love adored him. pic.twitter.com/qdcZIvsX5T
— Heather Wixson (@MMEFXBook is out now!) (@thehorrorchick) July 19, 2022
#NopeMovie is otherworldly but indescribable. From moments of sheer terror to heartfelt moments between characters, #Nope is an experience that won’t be easy to shake off as you find yourself picking your jaw up off the ground. Jordan Peele has done it again! @nopemovie pic.twitter.com/bUr1ad5TAx
— Shannon McGrew 🎃🍭 @ Screaming into the void (@shannon_mcgrew) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peele #Nope is one of the best movies I’ve seen this year! It’s scary and fierce, but also very funny and unlike any UFO movie you’ve ever seen. It’s a very unique and VERY entertaining horror epic full of crazy surprises and an unforgettable performance from Keke Palmer pic.twitter.com/iua9HPt0RG
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peele’s Nope is his most confident, free and potentially controversial take to date. Swapping the exclamation points of horror for the question marks of science fiction is less fear. With hints of close encounters, jaws and more, #NopeMovie is a real box of puzzles. pic.twitter.com/Ny3EVaLTqW
—Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) July 19, 2022
#NopeMovie is a resounding YES. See it on the biggest screen you can find. An exciting and strange sight unlike anything else. I will never look at the sky the same way again.
— Nigel Smith (@nigelmfs) July 19, 2022
Nope is nothing like what you would expect. An entertaining puzzle game that is both confusing and terrifying and, like most films by @JordanPeele, offers layers that you probably won’t peel off in one sitting. (AFTER) #NopeMovie pic.twitter.com/GwkHzqkynt
— Chris Killian (@chriskillian) July 19, 2022