Just Say Yes to Jordan Peele’s Nope

If you saw Get Out, you are already in for Jordan Peele’s third movie, Nope. It’s that simple. (This is probably also true if you saw Us, but I was too scared of that one.) The plot has been largely kept secret, which is fine. Now we have a trailer, and though it is fascinating and excellent, it still keeps the movie’s plot largely a mystery. This is also fine.

The creepy-ass air dancers, though, are less fine.

“Air dancer” is one of the terms for those goofy, Gumby-like things that wave their tiny T. rex arms around the edges of used car lots. They are also called “wacky arm inflatable men,” apparently, and there are a lot of them in Nope: lined up in fields, on the edge of the road, all going limp at once. I feel confident saying they have never been more creepy.

Nope is a story about Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, whose characters run the only Black-owned horse training ranch in Hollywood. Palmer seems considerably more enthused about her work than Kaluuya, who slouches in the background and mutters, or hangs out with a horse instead of people.

It’s also a story about a weird cloud that seems to suck people up into the sky, and also maybe a rodeo? And horses. And Steven Yeun. Along with Kaluuya and Palmer, Yeun is one of the “residents in a lonely gulch of inland California who bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.” (Michael Wincott, ’90s villain par excellence, is also in here somewhere.) Maybe there are aliens? It’s a Jordan Peele movie. I’m not making any assumptions.

Nope comes to theaters July 22nd.


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