September 12, 2022
“Nope” takes typical Hollywood alien abduction tropes and adds inventive twists for a fresh experience. While never as intense as Jordan Peele’s directorial debut “Get Out,” “Nope” is a much more fun and far less heavy watch. A lot of the credit for this tone has to be given to Keke Palmer, whose performance as Emerald Haywood is funny, energetic and compelling—the movie is at its best when she is on screen. Palmer has great chemistry with her fellow leads Daniel Kaluuya and Brandon Perea, whose interactions prevent the movie from ever feeling slow. One issue I had with the movie was the lack of actual scares; similar to “Get Out,” the movie creates stress and tension but does not deliver with scares. The “scariest” scene in “Nope” is a fake-out. “Nope” is also less airtight than “Get Out” as there are some characters and threads that feel undercooked throughout (Steven Yeun’s character being a prime example). Overall, though, “Nope” still delivers a satisfying, tense narrative with excellent performances, funny comedy and interesting themes.
Final score: 8/10