Nope, Jordan Peele’s third feature film, is already receiving favorable praise.
With Nope, Jordan Peele‘s third feature film, having its official release later this week, a number of critics who got the opportunity to see an advanced screening of the movie have now shared their first reactions on it — and most of them are favorable.
Everyone from Philly magazine Editor-at-Large Ernest Owens to Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis have extended praise to Nope, with the former saying the movie is excellent and “isn’t what you expect and the trailer doesn’t give it justice,” while the latter said it’s “one of the best films I’ve watched this year.”
#NOPEMovie isn't what you expect and the trailer doesn't give it justice.
Jordan Peele does the unimaginable — again.
RUN, DON'T WALK TO SEE IT THIS WEEKEND.
GIVE KEKE PALMER ALL THE AWARDS CONSIDERATION THIS YEAR.
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peele’s #Nope is one of the best films I’ve watched this year! It’s frightening & ferocious, but also very funny & unlike any UFO movie you’ve ever seen. It is a wholly unique & VERY entertaining horror epic full of wild surprises & an unforgettable Keke Palmer performance pic.twitter.com/iua9HPt0RG
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) July 19, 2022
Keke Palmer has also received her own nods in many of these first reactions. Aside from Owens and Davis, entertainment figures like A Black Lady Sketch Show writer Robin Thede have also praised Palmer’s performance.
— Robin Thede (@robinthede) July 19, 2022
A handful of the reviews have also hinted at Nope being in the vein of Steven Spielberg’s filmography, specifically Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Really liked NOPE. Like a cross between JAWS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. Jordan has created a vert unique sci-fi horror epic. Love the Western vibes in the final 20 minutes. See it in @imax. Awesome use of the format.#NopeNight #NopeMovie #Nope pic.twitter.com/v4WBNxWXag
— Brandon Norwood (@bjntweets) July 19, 2022
Jordan Peele’s Nope is his most confident, unfettered, and potentially most divisive vision yet. Swapping the exclamation marks of horror for the question marks of sci-fi, this is less about scares. With hints of Close Encounters, Jaws, and more, #NopeMovie is a real puzzlebox. pic.twitter.com/Ny3EVaLTqW
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) July 19, 2022
The most important thing you need to know about NOPE is it’s crazy different from Get Out & Us. This is Jordan Peele spreading his wings and making big budget Spielberg/esque sci-fi, but with the subtext you’d expect. Enter with an open mind and you’ll be rewarded. #NopeMovie
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) July 19, 2022
However, not all first reactions have been full praise. Although Hollywood Critics Association member Scott Menzel called Nope Peele’s “most ambitious film” to date, he also said that it’s his weakest, too.
“The first act is superb but by the second, it loses its footing and becomes a bad M. Night Shyamalan movie with Spielbergian elements. It lacks a sense of focus with a story that is never fully realized,” Menzel tweeted.
Nope is Jordan Peele’s most ambitious film but also his weakest. The first act is superb but by the second, it loses its footing and becomes a bad M. Night Shyamalan movie with Spielbergian elements. It lacks a sense of focus with a story that is never fully realized. #NopeMovie
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) July 19, 2022
This lack of focus in its story is also something Critics Choice Association member Sharronda Williams noted in her reaction to the film.
Peele’s #NopeMovie is the weakest installment of his filmography. #Nope starts out as an intriguing & chilling adventure but quickly becomes a narratively dense mess. I appreciate the ambitious yet poorly executed swing taken but this ultimately left me disappointed & frustrated. pic.twitter.com/Fdt8V9I2FL
— Sharronda Williams (@payorwait) July 19, 2022
With Nope dropping on July 22, we’ll all soon be able to offer our own thoughts on it. Until then, if you need a primer on everything that’s been released about the film, we’ve got you covered.