In Germany, “Jaws” was only released in December 1975. In the USA, on the other hand, the now legendary horror film was released in cinemas in June and has since been considered the birth of the summer blockbuster. Incidentally, Steven Spielberg only made the film because his actual dream project was being delayed more and more – and then two years later: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was released. It is no coincidence that in connection with Jordan Peele’s “Nope“ Now these two Spielberg classics are mentioned again and again.
In “Nope’ Siblings Em (Keke Palmer) and OJ (Daniel Kaluuya), followed by electronics store clerk Angel (Brandon Perea), have their own sinister encounter of the third kind. Something’s afoot in the sky in the Agua Dulce Desert of Northern California around, causing the electricity to go out and also appears to be responsible for the disappearance of some horses. Is it a UFO? It is certainly no coincidence that a trio, like in “Jaws”, is now trying to find out more about the uncanny occurrences…
Steven Spielberg’s animal horror classic is so often celebrated as an outstanding masterpiece because the director brings us exciting entertainment cinema to perfection. He skilfully plays with our expectations and uses our imagination. For a long time, the eponymous shark is virtually invisible, it is only hinted at. A large part of the horror takes place in the mind of the viewer. In addition, Spielberg understood even then that a B-movie story (like the animal horror film is at first glance) still needs exciting and complex characters.
Jordan Peele internalized these teachings. Similar to Spielberg, he feeds our expectations and imaginations. For so long we can only guess what is really hiding in the clouds over the desert. Peele also lets us experience this threat through the eyes of interesting characters that we can root for. He is supported by his great cast, above all by Keke Palmer and his congenial “Get Out” leading actor Daniel Kaluuya.
“Nope” but not only offers a similar spectacle as once “Jaws”, but is above all up to date. Along with the one for films like “Interstellar’ and ‘Tenet’ acclaimed Swiss cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema creates Jordan Peele some of the most impressive images you’ll see this year, made for the big screen. Like Spielberg once did, the “Get Out” director takes fragments of classic B movies, here UFO and monster films, and creates a visually stunning A blockbuster like it has never been seen before.
Also with “Nope“ It is the second half, in which the events previously charged with our ideas then become more and more visually impressive. We don’t want to give too much away here because Peele surprises his audience in so many different ways. But when he lets his personal “jaws” emerge from the clouds and finally reveals this encounter of the third kind in all its glory, it’s an absolute spectacle.
Anyone who likes great-looking, but at the same time intelligent and multi-layered spectacle cinema, as Steven Spielberg in particular has created it for a long time like no other director in Hollywood, must “Nope“You must see it in the cinema.