Say yes to “NOPE”

Story by Edgardo Sanchez

“NOPE” is a semi-western-horror film directed by Jordan Peele, starring Daniel Kaluuya as OJ Haywood and Keke Palmer as Emerald Haywood. 

Seeing this film with family members is something to treasure, regardless of the movie’s quality. Everyone had the same expression on their minds after the movie finished – what just happened?

This film contains most of what you would want in a horror film of this nature – hiding the monster.

‘Hiding the monster’ is a relatively basic technique of filmmaking but it works to the film’s advantage. Essentially, this mysterious creature hides in the clouds and only strikes when the opportunity arises, usually if/when the characters look in its direction, but that’s not to say that the film is scary the whole way through. It strikes a good balance of humor and good jump scares, as well. 

There were a few sequences in “NOPE” that didn’t make much sense on first viewing. Anyone who is curious about the film enough to watch it should consider viewing it a few more times in order to catch its message. 

The pacing of the film was fairly decent, but clunky, as there were some sequences that were either too quick or were dragged out longer than they needed to be.

There were some instances that the film wanted to portray that most wildlife may react in a hostile manner depending on how people would choose to interact with it. There was also some commentary on violence and how people choose to broadcast said violence.

Overall, “NOPE” is good. It’s an enjoyable watch, especially for fans of horror/western movies and on a scale of one to ten, it’s a solid seven. It genuinely is a must-see movie.

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