'Nope' Social Media Reactions See Critics Saying 'Yes' to Jordan Peele Film

Jordan Peele's third directorial outing likely has a twist in its story, but there's no surprise when it comes to the social media reactions.
by Danielle Turchiano — 


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Expectations are high around Jordan Peele's latest horror film Nope, in part because it is a reunion between the writer-producer-director and Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya, but also because his films thus far have delivered heart-pounding scares and intense twists. They have also been critically acclaimed: Both Get Out, which was released in 2017 and has a Metascore of 85, and Us, which was released in 2019 and has a Metascore of 81, are Metacritic Must-See films.

And while the full review embargo on Nope has not yet lifted, moviegoers don't have to lower their expectations for the film, as critics' social media reactions to it have been resoundingly positive, with Grace Randolph of Beyond the Trailer even going so far as to call it Peele's "best film yet."

To further elaborate, she Tweeted that the movie is "as if Hitchcock, Kubrick & Tarantino had a baby! Breathtaking Funny Terrifying."

People's Nigel Smith also praised Peele's film by calling it a "thrilling and strange spectacle unlike anything else out there" and noting that fans should "see it on the biggest screen you can find."

Nope is a science fiction horror film that stars Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as a Hollywood horse-training, ranch-owning brother and sister OJ and Emerald Haywood duo, who embark on a mission to find on-camera proof of a UFO after their father (played by Keith David) dies. Emerald is all-in, believing they will be able to do it, especially with the help of the guy who sells them their gear (played by Brandon Perea) and an actual documentarian (played by Michael Wincott), but OJ isn't as convinced. And that is probably the right attitude to have because knowing Peele's kind of storytelling, danger will lurk above the clouds, whether what they are chasing turns out to be a UFO or not.

Steven Yeun also stars in the film.

Freelancer Simon Thompson noted that the movie is much more sci-fi than horror, and admittedly, this may make the film different from what fans of Peele have come to expect, aka "a real puzzlebox" and "potentially [Peele's] most divisive vision yet." However, despite the film having roots in science fiction, Thompson comparing it to Jaws implies Peele has still created a very scary threat within the world of the story.

Thompson wasn't the only one to compare Peele's latest big-screen outing to Jaws, either. CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg called the film "an excellent tribute to" that 1975 classic, while also continuing the round of applause for Peele as an artist. He noted that Peele created "a summer spectacle about spectacle" and calling his trio of films thus far a "brilliant run."

See below for more social media reactions to Nope. The movie opens in theaters on July 22.