Is Nope Actually A Big “Nope”?


Allyson Myers and Jessica Oluwabusi

“Nope”, this simple line is an iconic piece in one of the biggest blockbusters of this Summer. Directed, written, and co-produced by Jordan Peele, Nope is a neo-Western science fiction horror film that explores the mystery of the unknown and society’s relationship with film and how humans treat other living things. The movie runs one hundred thirty minutes and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Steven Yuen. It tells the story of Otis “OJ” Haywood, played by Daniel Kaluuya, and Emerald “Em” Haywood, played by Keke Palmer, as they attempt to gain evidence of an unidentified flying object near their ranch.

The movie contains a great array of prominent actors which do a great job fear and determination, while also contains a jaw-dropping opening scene. However, despite these factors, Nope receives a three out of five on the rating scale. The main actors, Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, and Brandon Perea, do a phenomenal job of portraying fear and determination. For example, near the end of the movie, Keke’s acting when he tells Otis to “run Otis run”, is marvelous. The audience can tell by the way she screams, how much she is dedicated to her role as Em. In addition, Daniel Kaluuya does a wonderful job at portraying a shy, but brave character that OJ is. You can sense his anxiety, and braveness through the screen.

Despite this phenomenal acting, Nope falls short in its plot and organization of its events. Throughout the movie, Nope does a great job of horror but makes the audience feel confused on where the plot is going. For example, the movie never explains Em’s side job, the audience has to infer what she does a side job. Another example of an unorganized plot is Steven Yuen’s character, Ricky “June” Park. Throughout the movie, you feel confused on the purpose of his character and what significance he adds to the story. As soon as Steven’s character comes in, he simply leaves with an explanation. This leaves the audience confused for most of the movie

Overall, despite these shortcomings, Nope is a great movie to watch when wanting to watch a movie that is not too deep. Jordan Peele does a fantastic job in directing the actors and having great shots throughout the movie. And even though the plot did fall short, the movie was engaging through the end.