Jordan Peele’s movies always make you think.
WOMEN Get out, he uses a horror game about the big house to raise the specter of slavery; underground doppelgangers represent America’s underclass in We; and in No he thinks about the three great American obsessions – race, capitalism, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
Anyone who watched movies and TV shows from the early to mid-20th century could be forgiven for assuming that blacks were a small minority in American society.
There were no black cowboys or gangsters or mistresses or war heroes in Hollywood’s golden age, and the main characters in No deeply aware of this erasure of history.
Otis Haywood Sr (Keith David) runs a stable in the southern California desert, where he and his son OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) train horses for filmmaking.
Otis and his family have always believed that the black horse in the pioneering 1887 painting by Eadweard Murbridge Animal Locomotion are their ancestors, making them movie royalty. But not everyone was convinced, and the producers still raised their eyes to the sky when they saw a black horse swaddling around on set.
One morning, while Otis Sr was admiring the sunrise, he was killed by a nickel falling from above at high speed. OJ inherited the farm, but lacked his father’s social skills and struggled to keep the business afloat.
His sister and will-be showbiz star Em (Keke Palmer) is more of a hindrance than a help in this endeavour, but will certainly help stabilize things.
But as he struggles to keep the ranch alive, OJ is more concerned with who or what killed his father. He didn’t buy into the theory that the coin fell from a passing plane, and began to wonder why the large cloud hovering over a nearby mountain hadn’t moved for weeks.
From behind it, he caught a glimpse of what appeared to be a flying saucer. Strange power outages happened at night, and some horses disappeared from the fields – could this be the cause?
OJ realized that any talk of UFOs would make the whole family laugh, but Em saw a business opportunity in this situation and thought if they could prove there were aliens there. there, they’ll sit on Oprah’s sofa in front of you. know it.
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Western amusement park owner Ricky Park (Steven Yeun) has also noticed the heavenly thing, and thinks he can monetize it more directly.
But Ricky, a former child actor, should be more conscious — he survived a disaster on a ’90s TV sitcom in which a trained chimp ran an amok. Not everything can be tamed for profit.
Jordan Peele has a lot of balls in the air No. We find it disappointing that people’s instinct to first discover extraterrestrial life is not surprise, but the rush to cash in on it.
Ricky Park, a good American, believes that the thing in the sky can be trained to perform, like a circus animal, but OJ knows all about animals and thinks the safest bet is Maybe don’t look him in the eye.
There are Spielbergian elements to Peele’s storytelling here, but also his unique dark undercurrents. Palmer is fantastic as Em, an artist born to find a stage, and the whole story revolves around Kaluuya’s OJ, an obnoxious loner whose stubbornness will prove a force.
At one point, he stopped the car and looked up at the sky to see something hovering above him, about to rush over, close the door, shake his head, and say, “No.”
He means, so far and no further – this I will not accept.
How many Peele schemas can we accept? The ship, the alien, whatever you want to call it, seems to have been designed as a rear vehicle, as if in tribute to the cryptic special effects used in the photos B- 1950s sci-fi and Peele’s darling Twilight Zone.
The more I think about it, the less it makes sense, but sometimes, in wild and poetic endeavors like these, thought is the enemy.
Evelyn Waugh once said that criticizing her colleague PG Wodehouse’s work is like “taking a worm to make soup”.
Picking up holes in Peele’s lively, witty, extraordinary film feels the same way.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/movie-reviews/nope-movie-review-its-a-resounding-yes-for-jordan-peeles-spinning-plates-tale-with-a-flying-saucer-41902754.html Movie review: It’s a resounding yes to Jordan Peele’s spin story with a flying saucer