So I went to see Nope yesterday.
I should preface this by saying that I watched and enjoyed both Get Out and Us, and in point of fact increasingly enjoy both on repeat viewings. They’re films which really play even better when you start delving deeper into what they’re really about, rewarding repeat viewings in ways that most films don’t seem to nowadays.
Does Nope work the same?
It’s an interesting question. I think, for my money, Nope is the one out of the three which elicited the real ‘holy shit’ vibe from me. It is, as Jordan Peele has eloquently stated, a spectacle film, in every sense of the word, and along with Top Gun: Maverick and West Side Story really showcases a return to form from American cinema in creating films which NEED to be seen in a cinema.
But what did I actually think of Nope?
Well, I think it’s Jordan Peele’s masterpiece.
I really do.
It’s just an incredible film, a nail-biting hybrid of Western, science-fiction and horror that had me at the edge of my seat from the mid-point on, after an intentionally methodical opening that put all the pieces in play. It’s less a mystery than Get Out or Us, where you’re trying to piece together what’s going on, being reasonably straight forward (although that isn’t to say it lacks shocking moments because, holy shit, it’s staggeringly tense and some of the revelations hit very hard.)
It’s also a film, much like Censor, that sends a chill down my spine thinking about it.
And is also a film which makes me sigh and go back to the drawing board.
Anyway, you can buy my films on the store now. The more you buy the quicker I can make Kung Fu Island…