Jordan Peele subverts expectations (again) with 'Nope'

When the first trailer for Nope dropped, viewers almost immediately swarmed social media trying to interpret the opaque montage of shots – shots which revealed virtually nothing about the plot of the movie. This is partially of Jordan Peele’s own doing, because his first two feature films as a writer-director, Get Out and Us, set up high expectations for twisty, multilayered social commentary by way of popcorn thrills. Even more so it’s a product of the current cultural landscape, where seemingly every big movie or TV series is laden with twists and Easter eggs and spoiler-y cameos, lending itself to fervent Reddit threads breaking down the creator’s underlying meaning. Peele surely knows by now what audiences anticipate from him and other filmmakers like him, which is probably why – once again – he’s managed to subvert our expectations. Nope isn’t so much a plot-twisty experience to be meticulously deconstructed as it is a consistently surprising one. It’s a journey that’s less social commentary-forward than its predecessors, yet still stacked with plenty of meaning to tease out after you’ve left the theater. First and foremost, he wants us to be in awe. And on that front, he doesn’t disappoint. The film…

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Jordan Peele subverts expectations (again) with ‘Nope’

Updated: July 21, 2022 — 10:26 pm