Max’s review published on Letterboxd:
Very, very interesting movie. The first half/act had really great momentum; it was surprisingly daring, abstract, and experimental. Indeed, surprisingly Lynchian (reminded me the most of Mulholland Drive, or Lost Highway and, thematically, definitely Inland Empire). One scene in particular (involving a reality TV set… you’ll know it when it happens) was out-of-this-world fantastic but seriously one of the most horrifying things I’ve ever seen in a movie. Like, seriously. It was like my worst nightmare, the amalgamation of my worst fears Absolutely terrifying. The second half, however, went far too blockbuster for me. And while I’m usually ok with that, it stretched on a bit too long. But, regardless, it was still a remarkably intelligent and complex film; I’m surprised Peele took on such a dense subject for his third directorial project (speaking of which - Nope was phenomenally directed; the cinematography and lighting and sound design was really out of this world).
Ultimately, I think it’s a film about how Hollywood and entertainment is rooted in violence, and how the public (the consumers, the viewers, the watchers, etc.) are obsessed with this notion of entertainment, particularly, of violent entertainment, violent entertainment also built on violent foundations.
Overall, it’s certainly a unique film, and a very complex one at that. Very paratactic and implicit in what the film ‘meant’, especially, which is very admirable for such a huge-budget blockbuster. Perhaps I need to rewatch Peele’s earlier work, now that I’m fully aware of what he can do as a director.
Great film; definitely watch it, it’ll keep you thinking.