Critique of ¡Nope!: Jordan Peele adds satire and comedy to his cocktail of art house horror

Horror movies and genre movies in general have gained a lot of power in recent years. In the last decade we have witnessed the appearance of fresh authors with new proposals framed in what we can call Art House Horror: an aesthetic terror, far from the most characteristic postulates of the eighties cinema, of gore, and proposing instead a terror ” adult”. jordan peele is one of the most outstanding names of this litter of directors, who managed to create a strong expectation with the premiere of nope!his new movie.

Spoiler alert: This note reveals spoilers for the movie. nope!

Peele has already made it clear with get-out Y Us that the direction of its terror points to social criticism, to the visibility of the black community, racism and the questioning of the standards of North American culture. With nope!Peele goes one step further and presents a highly ambitious film for its multiple references to the history of cinema and television, for its dramatic complexity intertwined with comedy and its ridicule of pop culture.

nope (in its original language) addresses, broadly speaking, a tribute to cinema and a parody of the madness for images and the sensationalism of television. The story focuses on two brothers who discover a UFO in the field where they raise and train special horses for Hollywood.. Plunged into an economic crisis, they team up with two more “losers” and try to achieve the master shot of this object that threatens from the sky, to reach the media (more precisely Oprah) and become rich and famous.

The company of the brothers who lost their father only a few months ago begins to dissolve as the film progresses, precisely with the ridicule operation that Peele puts into operation with the quartet of characters that heads the film: two brothers who live off the memory of the golden age of Hollywood and his distant kinship with the black man who rode in Eadweard Muybridge’s experiment, a tech-savvy immigrant nerd and a down-and-out cinematographer who has given up hope on film and created a camera analog to capture the image of the UFO. The four come together to achieve the master take of this unidentified object, transforming their life into a true adventure..

Daniel Kaluuya in Nope! – Photo: Universal Pictures

With scenes of triumphant heroism, there is also a tribute to the western even though its protagonist is an antihero (the character in charge of Daniel Kaluya not innocently named OJ, initials that although they refer to Ottis Jr., lead directly to think of OJ Simpson, the American football player who murdered his wife). Finally, the film turns to science fiction and its connections with Steven Spielberg and even goes so far as to parody Werner Herzog with the figure of this crazy director of photography who is physically committed to extreme cinema.

The subplot of a 90s sitcom in which a chimpanzee practically kills the entire cast enters the film not only to give us some of the most memorable and most typical scenes of terror, but also to refer to the raging machinery of the television and sensationalism. Finally, at the center of Peele’s proposal reigns media sensationalism. Although OJ’s sister manages to take a photo with a rudimentary amusement park ride, she is late with the scoop in a world where everyone wants to be protagonists and witnesses.

Peele is one of the standard-bearers of current genre cinema and he is also the one who managed to masterfully summarize (perhaps an inappropriate word considering the length of the film) the contemporary tendency of cinema to homage and reference, something that in various aspects links him with Quentin Tarantino and his recent once upon a time in hollywood. nope! It may simply be another UFO and adventure movie, but that is where the key to its arrival both to the moviegoing public and to the general public lies.managing to shake not only with his criticism but also from comedy and absurdity.

Critique of ¡Nope!: Jordan Peele adds satire and comedy to his cocktail of art house horror