In an In/Film interview with “Nope” editor Nicholas Monsour, he explains the aftermath of Gordy’s rampage as a welcome accident for Peele:
“One thing that wasn’t scripted but all Jordan’s intuition was to put Gordy’s light at the beginning of the film. Again, that’s such an important place in a movie, obviously a few. the first image you see, I think it gives you, when you watch the movie, really appreciate how important that plot is to the meaning of the whole movie. rhythm and make you feel a little confused.”
The delirious nature of putting Gordy on top of “No” without any context works very well to establish bone-chilling fears afterward. It’s like Peele said, “you come here to see a spectacle, and you’re about to get one. Do you like what you see?” And the answer is a complicated one. When you pair that moment with the overarching themes of “No,” which ultimately are about exploitation, spectacle, and viewer complicity, it leads to an entirely different level of intimidation. I didn’t know what to do at first, but one thing was for sure, Peele was about to take us on another perilous journey.
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