Nope (Jordan Peele, 2022) Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yuen, Michael Wincott; residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery
I'm in the minority who didn't like this much, and agree explicitly with the judgement of Peter Bradshaw:
Peele’s script is crammed with about 210% more material than he can meaningfully cohere into a single script with any dramatic weight and point. Front-loading a movie with witty imagery and narrative premise without enough of a satisfyingly worked-through plot to come behind was what made his second film, Us, less than his sensationally scary and funny debut Get Out. This is another step back, and it’s a shame that there isn’t much that’s interesting for his star Daniel Kaluuya to do ... The Guardian.
... and that of his colleague Mark Kermode:
... Peele’s ability to balance ... intriguing ideas with the brutally kinetic demands of blockbuster cinema is more uncertain, making this a better movie to argue about than to watch. ... As with the brilliantly horrifying sitcom bloodbath that serves as Nope’s attention-grabbing curtain-raiser, the film too often seems to be heading somewhere extraordinary, only to disappear into an ambitious conceptual hole that, while occasionally startling, is ultimately less than the sum of its parts. The Guardian.
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