ORPHAN: FIRST KILL is the class war trashterpiece 2022 has been aching for. It’s exactly the movie it should be this second and I wouldn’t have thought of it in a million years. On the audacity scale, it’s this year’s MALIGNANT, but with a thematic timeliness (or maybe trendiness) that I can’t believe they went for. It is NOT a rehash by any means. I’m buzzing.
While NOPE expands Peele’s canvas into thrilling sci-fi horror, his thematic target this time is nothing less than the entertainment industry itself, presenting a mosaic of lives, careers and relationships, sacrificed at the altar of spectacle and scattered outside Hollywood and across the desert like so much debris.