Whenever a new Jordan Peele movie arrives, it’s an exciting time. Sure, thus far, his movies have been nothing short of great, but there’s this unique feeling of sitting down in the theater and not knowing what to expect. Regardless of how many trailers you’ve seen, they’re only going to tell a small fraction of whatever tale Peele is weaving. We weren’t prepared for Get Out, we were ill-equipped for Us. Now, with Nope, Peele is taking you on another unforgettable ride, though this one isn’t the horror movie you might be expecting. Instead, the director is diving into sci-fi.
If the trailers are to be believed, Nope centers on two siblings, OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer), attempting to document an unidentified flying object that seems to be continuously lurking above their house. And while you will find that story playing out throughout Nope’s runtime, it’s also a movie about the dark side of the entertainment industry, those who have sacrificed everything for it, and how the industry can chew them up, spit them out, and move on–a practice that isn’t exclusive to Hollywood, by any means.
As the last in a long line of horse trainers that supply their animals to Hollywood productions, OJ and Emerald are watching the industry evolve around them as it’s become more efficient to use visual effects instead of live animals. While Emerald is attempting to branch out and create a brand for herself, OJ is concerned only with the family business left to him by their late father.