“Nope”to be released on August 11 in Italian cinemas, is the third work resulting from the brilliant mind of Jordan Peele, the American director, screenwriter and producer, who in recent years has secured, with great character and intelligence, the primacy of modern ” Master of the Thrill”.
“Nope”: The Synopsis
The movie sees Daniel Kaluuja (Peele’s muse) e Keke Palmer lend the face respectively to “OJ” and his sister “Em” (the “Haywoods”), both managers of the family stables. Peele decides to capture a glimpse of their monotonous life, unpredictably disrupted by a series of paranormal phenomena that have occurred in their town (phenomena which are, above all, the cause of the death of her father). More it would not be worth saying, because in “Nope”as also in the other two films of the aforementioned filmmaker, every single detail, speech and shot has its own specific importance within the narrative.
“Nope”: Opinions and Conclusions
Jordan Peele is undoubtedly one of the most talented filmmakers of the last 20 years: with his “first work”, entitled “Get Out”, Peele has not simply revolutionized the entire preceptive system of the Horror genre, but has, above all, contributed to re-establishing that nostalgic taste of auteur cinema; he was able to capture the attention of critics and audiences thanks to his extraordinary ability to create an almost dialectical-expressive tension hitchcockianand thanks to a peculiar disposition of strong social criticisms, both in a deliberately explicit way (Get Out), and in a more eclipsed way, between the lines (Us, his second project): not surprisingly, these rare qualities have led Peele to earn theOscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2018.
After signing a multi-year distribution agreement with the Universal StudiosJordan Peele is once again on everyone’s lips, writing, directing and producing a new entry of his film repertoire, which takes the name of “Nope”.
The new film, already in US theaters for over a week, presents itself as the most divisive of Peele’s works; however, this must in no way compromise the dining experience: in fact, Nopeis an intelligent film, structured with great care down to the single details, but which, if on the one hand keeps the viewer glued to the screen from start to finish, on the other suffers from the lack of that typical anti-blockbusters which had distinguished his two previous works.
This time, in fact, Peele decides to experiment with a new creative ideology, focusing the matrix of his story not on the stature of the dialogues between the characters and on their expressive movements, but rather on concepts that go beyond our knowledge, but at the same time at the same time permeated by his not indifferent authorial touch.
As a pivot of the narrative of “Nope”, Peele chooses the polysemous concept of Showto which that indomitable obsession that drives people to be easily overwhelmed by the immense scope of any phenomenon is closely connected.
Consequently, to focus a work on the so-called “show”the most suitable cinematographic typology is that of Blockbusters; a choice of this kind, by a well-identified filmmaker on a global scale (despite being his third production) can only have two different implications: there are those who appreciate it and those who don’t.
For his part, Peele carries out an extremely ambitious, unique job with unprecedented stylistic intelligence: he manages to immerse us in an articulated but coherent plot; refined, but effective. The film is then sublimated by top-level direction and photography, which dance in unison with a terribly compelling and sophisticated soundtrack.
Although it does not show that significant socio-cultural impact characteristic of Get Out and Usthe new product signed by Jordan Peele manages to offer a tremendously immersive and terrifying experience, which intelligently mixes the science fiction genre (of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”) to that horror; all, then, crowned by a subtle ironic trait and solid performances by the whole cast.