Max Ahoy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Nope? more like 🤭 Yupe !
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Jordan Peele’s Sky Shark, Wind Worm, Air Aliens (that one’s not my best I’ll try better 😔) is probably my favorite from him thus far into his career.
Off the bat I wanna say that Peele’s a creator that I admire more than I genuinely enjoy. I thought Get Out was a very nice lil horror romp with a bunch of compelling concepts mixed in with some clever commentary and Us was, all be it a somewhat muddled premise built upon a sandy foundation but nevertheless adequate. So with feelings of semi positivity I went into Nope with no real set expectations, all I wanted was a good time and hot damn did I. Twice over even.
Though despite the fact I had a fun ride with the extraterrestrial excitement I did notice on my first viewing that I found the film to be the cinematic equivalent of finding tater tots in your fries: both are tasty and having them together doesn’t bring any feel harm but while your munching on them you stop every once in awhile to go “Huh, this is weird.” What I’m trying to say is the pieces were there and they do fit nicely together forming a wonderfully tense thriller with a surprising amount of heart and humor, but some of the pieces that helped formed it looked and felt a bit jammed in. This what I thought on my first viewing at least.
Second viewing I came to terms with the fact I didn’t really like how the pieces came together but still nonetheless enjoy the final product. I can see people feeling either way about this one and have indeed read some reviews that have proven that point but for me personally I honestly would watch this thrice times over. Are characters deeply explored? Neeh. Is the film structurally sound? I wouldn’t say it is. Are there something’s that don’t make sense? Yea. Is the Spielberg vibe a bit too strong in the second half? (for me yes). Isthe film fun? Absolutely. I don’t always need a film to be a perfectly put together picture for me to have fun and this is sound proof of that. I could pick apart things here and there, bitch about how I found the subplot’s conclusion being in the second half annoying, hell I could even bring up the fact I hate some of the music in the latter half. But, I don’t wanna cause none of that detracted from my over all enjoyment of the film.
I may not always see eye to eye with Jordan’s creative vision but I know this man is talented and this to me is some damn good proof to justify that claim.
Still better than Signs 😝.