Nope ★★★★

Highly entertaining and flourishing in its mystery-box format, Jordan Peele's written and directed Nope is a delight to watch. It manages to do some unique and surprising things while never needing to overexplain a single moment of its myriad of curiosities. With the aid of Hoyte van Hoytema's cinematography, the movie is lovely to look at and pays homage to multiple films that came before it. It primarily concentrates on broad concerns of loss, grief, trauma, responsibility, coping mechanisms and sacrifice, all captioned by Peele's love for film, creativity and comedic experience. 

Filmmaking and film history plays a vital role in the plot, and there are quite a few parallels to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, with some of the characters even feeling like spiritual counterparts to the ones featured in that 1975 classic. While It's arguably not as multi-layered as US nor as thought-provoking as Get Out, Peele proves, as he did with his first two socially conscious films, that he has more than a few tricks regarding unusual narratives, plot twists and remarkable visuals. In Nope, Peele brings his power of invention to the clean, vast rolling hills and stark textures of the natural world in disturbing new ways.

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