Nope ★★★★★

A scathing indictment of the industry and how it continuously exploits both artists and animals in various ways, as well as a sublime film about our relationship to spectacle and how we perceive it. Wholly earns the Steven Spielberg comparisons, yet still 100% it’s own thing. There’s so much going on here symbolically and subtextually, but even if one can’t fully make sense of it all (understandably so because there’s a lot going on here), this still wholly delivers on a surface level as an impeccably crafted work of sci-fi horror. I’ve always respected Jordan Peele as a filmmaker ever since Get Out, but Nope is the first instance where I’ve felt his ideas and overall vision were truly well-realized in a coherent and satisfying way. This is also Peele’s best-directed effort, especially in its formalism (Hoyte van Hoytema in particular shoots the absolute fuck out of this; his best non-Christopher Nolan work), atmosphere, mood, tone, and pacing, in addition to featuring a fully game cast. Maybe I’ll have more to write in the future, but this is such a confident, thoughtful and immaculately realized vision, and I can’t wait to see again.

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