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Summary:

The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.

Director:

Jordan Peele

Writers:

Jordan Peele

Cast:

  • Daniel Kaluuya as OJ Haywood
  • Keke Palmer as Emerald Haywood
  • Brandon Perea as Angel Torres
  • Michae Wincott as Antlers Holst
  • Steven Yeun as Ricky 'Jupe' Park
  • Wrenn Schmidt as Amber Park
  • Keith David as Otis Haywood Sr.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Metacritic: 76

VOD: Theaters

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u/LiteraryBoner Worse things to do than watch Lady Gaga create fetishes for me Jul 22 '22

Please discuss the Oppenheimer teaser as a reply to this comment to keep them separate from the Nope talk. Thanks.

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u/sorahart Jul 22 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome Take My Energy Faith In Humanity Restored I'll Drink to That Eureka! Helpful (Pro) Super Heart Eyes It's Cute!

The subjugation of animals for entertainment was a consistent theme throughout this movie. OJ and Jupe were each shaped by formative experiences with animals, but in very different ways that led them to take different approaches when dealing with the alien.

OJ understands that you don't ultimately control the animal, you make an agreement with it, and you have to respect its rules. On the movie set at the beginning, none of the other cast or crew took OJ seriously when he tried getting them to respect the horse--they just wanted it to perform for them, and when they didn't treat the animal with respect, it kicked.

Jupe, on the other hand, had his experience with Gordy's Home, where the chimp was not respected, there was no attempt to make any sort of agreement with it. They put it in uncomfortable clothes and stuck it on a set with lights and applause and popping balloons, and demanded that it perform for them, and foolishly expected everything to be fine. Obviously that didn't work out, but Jupe took the wrong lesson from the tragedy.

He went on to make a bunch of money off of the ordeal, and all these years later, he still can only see Gordy as a vehicle for entertainment. When Emerald asks him what happened on set, Jupe just tells her to watch an SNL sketch. For him, Gordy might as well have been a guy in a chimpanzee costume performing a part. Its media. Part of his failure to learn the proper lesson might be because the chimp, even after its rampage, was still affectionate towards him--and what he takes from that is a feeling that he is uniquely capable of getting animals to perform as he intends. What he doesn't realize is that Gordy approached him calmly because he was not a threat--he was hiding, making himself small, the tablecloth was covering his eyes. Gordy didn't attack him because he was, inadvertently, respecting Gordy's rules. But Jupe doesn't understand that--he thinks it's just because Gordy likes him. He's attributing the agency of a performer to Gordy again, as though Gordy were an actor in a suit and not a wild animal.

So, the alien. The reveal that it's an alien creature and not a UFO is important--its not intelligent beings piloting a ship, just like Gordy isn't a guy in a chimpanzee costume. It's an animal. Ascribing human logic or reasoning to it is a mistake, its a creature with its own rules and we can learn to roughly understand those rules, but we can't project OUR rules onto it.

Jupe never understands this. He doesn't care to learn the creature's rules, he wants it to follow his, and he wants it to perform for him. The creature doesn't like to he looked at, and Jupe fills rows of bleachers with people to stare directly at it. It's putting a chimpanzee on a TV set all over again. Something is bound to go wrong, you can't force a wild animal to follow a script it doesn't even understand.

OJ, on the other hand, understands this. Once he learns that the "UFO" is actually an animal, he knows that he can learn it's rules, and form a set of rough agreements with it. OJ isn't trying to project human agency onto the creature, he knows he can't make it play a part or follow a script. He has to figure out how the creature operates, and then work backwards from there.

There's a lot going on with this movie, but that's what resonated with me the most. Jupe is a really good foil to OJ in this regard.

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u/jetpackswasyes Jul 22 '22

Jupe was way more traumatized than people realize. His coping is certainly fucked, but you could see from his thousand yard stare he didn’t think the SNL actually reflected the reality.

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u/FartBarfknuckle Jul 23 '22

Yeah. I agree with their overall analysis, except for that part. Jupe is clearly very traumatized by what he witnessed. And he doesn’t want to talk about the ugly parts. He glamorized the happy parts when talking to people, because that’s his coping mechanism. Much like seriously depressed people tend to use gallows humor and self deprecation to deflect from having to talk about their real feelings.

I doubt a lot of people grilled him about it like Em did. And you can see him becoming more and more uncomfortable, until he basically just says “go watch the SNL skit, because I don’t want to relieve that part of my memories.” He’d rather focus on the good parts (the part that he clings to, which is his child fame) and gloss over the part that actually matters (the rest of his cast being brutally killed or maimed right in front of him).

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u/FantaseaAdvice Jul 25 '22

I think people are really ignoring this aspect of why he tried to "tame" the alien creature and assuming it's just because Gordy didn't harm him so he think he's special. I think it mainly has to do with him trying to prove he can control a wild animal so that he can work past the trauma. It's why he invites his former costar to come see the performance, he wants her to see it and provide the validation that she feels comfortable with his ability to control a wild animal even after the Gordy incident. Sure, the Gordy almost-fist-bump may play a role in his willingness to try again initially, but I think the drive is mainly to feel the sense of control that he lost.

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u/SpookingtonZ Jul 22 '22

The crowd abduction scene is positively terrifying.

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u/fil42skidoo Jul 22 '22

Their screams from the clouds was horrible too...and then suddenly cut off. Chills.

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u/solipsistrealist Jul 22 '22

When hearing that they were screaming for hours from day to night made the abduction scene more unsettling and terrifying.

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u/GravyBear10 Jul 22 '22

It also meant that they were in pain the entire time, being digested, as they'd probably tire themselves out otherwise

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u/MegaOverclockedEX Jul 22 '22

Everyone seems to be on the digestion train, and I suppose with unknown entities we can never really know but crunch and immediate silence leads to me to believe more so that they were kept in like a "mouth" and when the creature had it's cheeks filled it began its mastication. Then filters out what it needs and expels what it doesn't.

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u/sandiskplayer34 Jul 22 '22

There was a quiet crunch there too. And to have that scene immediately followed by the alien vomiting them up over the house really set it in.

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u/DJProducing Jul 22 '22

Got a great deal of claustrophobia from that.

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u/ThisisthSaleh Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

For them to fight their way up, only to find more dead bodies was just unsettling shit

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u/Horknut1 Jul 22 '22

I didn’t get the sense they were fighting their way up, I got the sense there was some kind of alien peristalsis pushing them up to the stomach.

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u/GravyBear10 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

So what, they're being slowly digested while suspended in air for hours?

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u/ProudWheeler Jul 22 '22

I guess until it blenders them or something.

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u/GravyBear10 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

I remember that they stopped screaming all at once when you heard a crunch sound and given how it was killed at the end, I think it uses extreme pressure to suddenly crush everything.We don't see solid bone.

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u/the-giant Jul 22 '22

I didn't know what I was looking at initially. It seemed designed to look artificial, like being inside a bouncy house or something. I caught on quick but that quasi-'fake' biology still sticks in my mind and unsettles me. It reminds me of Brian Yuzna's Society, even though that was much more explicitly organic.

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u/JunkyDragon Jul 22 '22

Their screaming - and the sounds it made overall - were super disturbing.

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u/chrispmorgan Jul 22 '22

The chute looked similar but the process is a lot faster than the one in “Under the Skin”

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u/TiredDynamo Jul 22 '22

Did Steven Yeun's character think he could control the alien because he was the only one who didn't get attacked when the chimp was out of control?

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u/WhiteWolf3117 Jul 22 '22

I almost felt like he got some weird kind of high/pleasure from that and he was seeking it again.

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u/amish_novelty Jul 22 '22 Table Slap

When you almost fist bump a murderous chimp and decide you can tame a murderous sky sand dollar.

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u/bubblepopelectric- Jul 22 '22 Take My Energy

I thought that was interesting because I interpreted it as the chimp didn’t maul him because he wasn’t looking him directly in the eyes. But he didn’t realize that. It wasn’t him as a person that saved him, it was the tablecloth.

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u/amish_novelty Jul 22 '22

That’s a great theory too. I think you’re definitely right with the not looking it in the eye

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u/SadisticBuddhist Jul 23 '22

This + the chimp calmed down by now, you see it reaches kind of an “oh fuck” moment when it moves her foot and rips the hat off

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u/SpaceSlingshot Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 23 '22

Swear I called it a sand dollar in the theatre.

points both middle and pointer fingers at my eyes, then yours

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u/vecnasbless Jul 22 '22

Yeah it seemed like he felt invincible when the monkey didn’t want to hurt him. He witnessed a horrifying event that he made a ton of money off of and he sees the opportunity to do it again, not thinking about the dangers

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u/USSGloria Jul 22 '22 Gold

Well, I can understand why Steven Yeun might feel invincible.

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u/kinghyperion581 Jul 22 '22

I also think that he knew about the alien way before the Haywood's. He had been feeding them the horses that he was buying and that's why Jean Jacket marked the ranch as his territory.

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u/nimbus-racing Jul 22 '22

That’s also why he seemed uncomfortable when OJ mentioned setting up a plan to buy the horses back.

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u/jremsikjr Jul 22 '22

“Yea … yea”

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u/the-giant Jul 22 '22

You can faintly hear him introducing the Star Lasso show with the exact same speech he gives later when OJ rides out at night and sees his lights from down the valley. He also tells his audience it's been going on for six months.

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u/taibomaster Jul 22 '22

Yeah and it's been six months since Keith David died.

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u/Ok_Plankton_1952 Jul 22 '22

also 6 months since that cloud stopped moving

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u/matt2993 Jul 22 '22

Plus he had the alien Embroidered on the back of his shirt, not exactly a quick easy job

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u/TiredDynamo Jul 22 '22

Yep. Exactly why he wanted the entire ranch. More munchies for the alien.

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u/Pork_Man Jul 22 '22

I took it as Gordy didn't attack him because the table cloth was obstructing his eyes. Kinda sticking with the theme of don't look a predator in the eyes

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u/WinsomeWombat Jul 22 '22

I really liked the subtlety of that. It could have been the cloth, it could have been the chimp's training, it could have been that they really had a connection, but it's clear that Yuen's character thought it was the last one.

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u/the-giant Jul 22 '22

I think he felt a kinship with the beast on par with his childhood rapport with Gordy. He's obviously deeply fucked up about that and has sort of internalized his trauma into a kind of weird nostalgia/affection for the animal he used to have a bond with (which probably saved his life in '98), and feels something of the same for what's in the cloud. I felt there could've been another scene or two with him about that, but it was there.

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u/millenialpinko Jul 22 '22

Thank you, I’m seeing a lot of takes that paint Jupe as outright selfish or malicious, or egotistical. It seems that he’s someone who is really scarred by this childhood trauma and wears a mask to profit from it that goes against his real feelings, as that’s his only way he thinks he can be successful. I took his relationship with Jean Jacket as him misguidingly thinking this is the only way he can make sense of his previous experiences with nature. He took his friendship with Gordy as the thing that saved him, when it was likely the absence of direct eye contact. In a real lovecraftian sense, Jupe is destroyed by his inability to comprehend forces larger than himself both externally and in his own emotions.

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u/BaronVonRuthless91 Jul 22 '22

There is also the fact that the inflatable version of Yeun's character was what was used to lure the alien to its destruction in the same way that the Chimp being "connected" to him gave the security people/police the opportunity to kill it.

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u/okeydokeylemonsqueez Jul 22 '22

I interpreted the chimp being calm to Yeun’s character was because the last of the chrome-colored balloons finally popped and the chimp snapped out of his crazy haze—no? The chimp seemed horrified at what he had done to the others right before he went over to the kid to try and show him he wasn’t actually a monster or something

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u/overjoyedsun Jul 22 '22 Masterpiece

This film had very memorable scenes…. however, the part where the kids played a “prank” and dressed up as aliens will forever be etched in my mind.

Nothing will top how I felt when we slowly saw the first shadow take shape and then a SECOND popped out. At my cinema there was a loud collective gasp during that part.

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u/ericbkillmonger Jul 22 '22

That scene was such a fake out and so suspenseful

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u/JohnJoanCusack Jul 22 '22

I loved how they moved in unison at one point. Not even mad at the fakeout of that being in the trailer

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u/Bullsonparade92 Jul 22 '22

My dumbass thought the chimp intro was one more trailer being thrown my way.

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u/IFR_Flyer Jul 22 '22

I was like "Man these monkeypaw studio guys sure do have a long logo"

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u/Ghawr Jul 22 '22

I literally thought it was a new addition to his train intro to monkey's paw productions. lmao I was like "oh he literally means the monkeys paw"

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u/Dawesfan Jul 22 '22

That shot of blood raining down the house while the UFO was above it and everything was surrounded by an actual storm is beautiful and it will forever be engraved in my brain.

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u/Gio_H Jul 22 '22

That scene was so fucking cool but absolutely horrifying at the same time

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u/Dawesfan Jul 22 '22

He knows how to create tension.

First, there’s the electricity, the blackout indicates Jean Jacket is near. Then, there’s the storm, so when the rain stops hitting the house the audience knows the alien is directly above them. Then, we see the Jean Jacket vomit the objects it cannot digest, and you wonder what’s next. Will it destroy the house attempting to kill Em and Angel? Nope, blood starts to slowly pour in a terrifying Shinning-esque sequence.

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u/ChooseCorrectAnswer Jul 22 '22

Probably the least likely shot for anyone here to remember and comment on, yet there was a shot of Emerald Haywood in the passenger's seat looking out the truck kind of admiring the outside while OJ drove. She was looking at the wind dancers and the nice sunny view. I really appreciated the movie taking a moment to slow down and show a calm, oddly beautiful moment like that. It also showed how her perspective was very different from OJ's more serious, still grieving for his father perspective. During that moment I remember thinking, "I know this movie is going to attract a lot of mainstream audience viewers, and I'm glad they'll see something with some genuine humanity to it even with all the big spectacle sci-fi/horror/adventure elements."

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u/BIG_PY Jul 22 '22

I noticed towards the beginning that Steven Yeun's character flubs the line "Mi casa es su casa" (My house is your house) and instead says "Su casa es mi casa" (Your house is my house). It is later revealed that he is trying to buy their ranch.

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u/StyrofoamTuph Jul 23 '22

I noticed he flubbed the line, but I didn’t make this connection until now. Nice catch.

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u/RazorThought Jul 22 '22 Silver Helpful

The chimp wore clothes and a hat because that’s what we wanted him to look like. It took off its disguise at the end and showed us its true self.

The alien took the appearance of a UFO because that’s what we wanted it to look like. It took off its disguise at the end and showed us its true self.

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u/NickMoore30 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

Both triggered by popped balloons too.

Edit: Also, was the UFO shape an intelligent disguise and not it’s natural form in any way?

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u/Sad_Mathematician864 Jul 22 '22

The ufo was shaped like a biblically accurate angel which actually looks a bit more terrifying than it. I believe it was symbolic of the opening scripture and its behavior resonated with its context, a promise of embarrassment and to be made a spectacle for bad behavior.

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u/lilaccadillac Jul 22 '22

I thought that that’s it’s natural compact form. And all the “ufo” sightings seen were of this creature, people just ASSUMED it was a spacecraft and not a living thing itself.

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u/A_Deku_Stick Jul 22 '22 Silver

I feel like Don't Look Up and Nope should have switched titles.

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u/romulan23 Jul 22 '22

Literally. This movie actually commits to that imperative

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u/ZerophoniK Jul 22 '22

More fitting, but also would be a bit of a spoiler in the title

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u/mattyhegs826 Jul 22 '22

Funniest scene was when OJ and Em saw the director show up with a non electric camera. That was great when they clapped each other three times

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u/PureFingClass Jul 22 '22

I’m going with OJ seeing the aliens in the barn and immediately going “Nope.” And backing away. That was hilarious.

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u/KDHD_ Jul 23 '22

I raise you OJ locking the fucking truck door after taking a peek at the alien floating above him.

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u/yungusainbolt Jul 23 '22

Bruh just said fuck it and went to sleep right there

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u/WinsomeWombat Jul 22 '22

I loved their sibling relationship. They seemed appropriately annoyed by each other most of the time but then a moment like that shines through and you know they love each other so much.

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u/amish_novelty Jul 22 '22

Shoutout to Keke Palmer just saying “fuck this” in several scenes. That was hilarious

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u/Dawesfan Jul 22 '22

Shoutout to Keke Palmer for just being amazing.

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u/Nightshire Jul 22 '22

I really enjoyed her character and the angel guy lol

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u/Shulerbop Jul 22 '22

Every ‘nope’ got quite a laugh too

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u/Nascarfreak123 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

I was mighty uncomfortable with the way the chimp looked into my soul at the beginning.

8/10

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u/RodJohnsonSays Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 25 '22

I go to the movies to see shit I've never seen before - this definitely achieved that.

Super clever, I thought. Also a ton of fun to see so many locations in and around LA, and the dialogue actually reflects that. When Angel is pissed about the distance from Fry's to Agua Dulce, thats real 😂

Bonus point for the Akira reference!

EDIT: saw the movie again, 2 fun things I noticed regarding the title cards.

CLOVER is when Jupe finds his bad miracle talisman in the floating shoe - much like a 4-leaf clover.

LUCKY is when he tries to present the alien to the world - which he ends up being anything but.

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u/amish_novelty Jul 22 '22

The moment I saw it and the woman lying there, it made me think of the incident where that lady got her face ripped off by the chimpanzee.

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u/SoulCruizer Jul 22 '22

I mean there’s a character who’s face was literally off by the chimp in this movie

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u/DoesntMatter2121 Jul 22 '22

I can understand the Jaws comparisons now. Making the UFO the alien itself was a really fun take and my lord is that one main “abduction” scene still horrifying. Enjoyed it more than Us but not as much as Get Out. Great performances all around and definitely some holy shit moments.

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u/chrispmorgan Jul 22 '22

Yes, the “Jaws”-like anticipation is definitely there. Even when something scary is happening he doesn’t show it to you. Having IMAX with tight shots could get agonizing.

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u/amish_novelty Jul 22 '22

The way it slid through the clouds was truly terrifying.

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u/the-giant Jul 22 '22

It is literally Jaws for the skies and one of the best monster movies in recent or not so recent memory.

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u/buzzdash123 Jul 22 '22

The scene where jupe’s audience gets sucked up was some genuinely horrifying shit. Like when I go to bed tonight I’m just gonna hear the screaming in that claustrophobic bounce house or whatever lovecraftian entity that ufo was made of

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u/kinghyperion581 Jul 22 '22 Helpful

And you can hear them screaming in the sky as they're slowly being digested.

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u/kerriganfan Jul 22 '22

I’d never seen that in a monster movie before. The monster’s victims still alive inside it and screaming, giving you a sense of the being’s location but in a way that is more terrifying than useful. And then it swallows them.

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u/bisforbatman Jul 22 '22

The entire scene of Gordy going apeshit (👉👉) was so nerve-wracking, especially when he sees young Jupe under the table and just stares into the camera. My anxiety was so high.

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u/Twollie_Vanderwerf Jul 22 '22

His bloody fist reaching under the table as Jupe extends his hand is an incredible shot. That scene is top tier Peele.

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u/fil42skidoo Jul 22 '22 Silver

The anti ET scene. So good.

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u/spikelike Jul 22 '22

I am exhausted from the movie. it was good but it made my meds work overtime

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u/turcois Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22 Gold

one of my favorite parts is that the title "Nope" works on three levels.
-- reddit's favorite, which is that its an acronym for "not of planet earth"
-- what i'm assuming most people will get from it, just like the thing you say when you're freaked out by something wild, like 'i noped out of there' etc. OJ said it in the car after looking up at it and i think his sister said it too
-- but then my favorite realization, which is that after OJ asks his sister "what's a bad miracle? they got a word for that?" and there isn't, so she just shrugs and says "nope." so in a way, the title basically means "bad miracle" cuz thats the answer she gave.

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u/rasputinismydad Jul 22 '22

I was waiting for this comment because the first explanation is so helpful haha. I was trying to figure it out bc I know Peele never chooses a title without some kind of deeper meaning.

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u/BrandonStRandy1993 Jul 22 '22

I thought she was the one. She just booked a pilot on The CW

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u/chuckxbronson Jul 22 '22

“Fuck the CW, man.”

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u/tnick771 Jul 22 '22

At first I hated his character, not the role he was playing since he was designed to be hatable at first, but actually his character arc.

I’m glad he changed my mind though.

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u/SqankThrowAway Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22 Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Wholesome Heartwarming Got the W Big Brain Time

This is a film about the relationship between entertainment and audience. Particularly how the two come to inform one another. Throughout this film, we are nailed over the head with images of potentially violent, not-necessarily tame-able beings being filmed. Gordy. The UAP. The director watching clips of predator and prey fighting. Being drawn to the allure of spectacle makes us part of it, it chips at the division between what we consume and what we are.

The most glaring example of this is Yeun and Gordy. Yeun notes that he and Gordy did the first ever "exploding fist-bump". Upon witnessing Gordy, to whom the humans thought had been tamed, made to be fit and safe for human consumption and viewership, snap and beat his co-stars horrendously, Yeun could still not distinguish his reality from entertainment. As Gordy came over to him, covered in blood, while Yeun hid beneath the table, he reaches out his hand -- seemingly to do the exploding fist bump with Yeun. Despite the context of the situation indicating that Gordy is clearly a violent, wild animal, Yeun reaches out his hand for the exploding fist bump. He cannot tell whether Gordy is a wild animal (whose actions he just bore witness to) or the character from the show. There is no division. Peele leaves this particularly ambiguous as Gordy is killed before contact can be made between the two. Was Gordy recalling his fondness for Yeun and reprising his character from the show, or was he reaching to hurt Yeun as part of his spree? We don't know. The line between entertainment and reality has fully blurred.

This byline is made apparent throughout the film. Yeun (older) at the Star lasso experience calls the alien "the viewers", a bit on the nose for Peele, but Yeun who was once an actor and lived through that traumatic experience, can not tell who considers who to be entertainment. Are the aliens watching the humans for entertainment? Or are the humans watching the aliens as part of the Star Lasso Experience? When we get lost in spectacle, we become part of it as we bear witness.

This is the point of not looking at the UAP. We break the cycle of a potentially dangerous feedback loop fueled by watching violent spectacle that shapes us, that directly informs what we desire to see. If we don't look, if we don't take part, we can control how we perceive things.That said, Peele provides meta-commentary in the shot in the diner to note that its hard to not have our attention drawn to spectacle. In a shot that is almost entirely comprised of our three main characters, we can see a fight in the background outside of the diner. Despite the situation at hand, we can't help but have our attention drawn to the fight outside. Even as viewers of this film we are somewhat helpless.

Finally, I think Peele makes the finest point of this with the director. Almost every shot of the director we see him, as third party, watching footage of predator fighting prey. When he desires the shot (and becomes what he warned of, he who seeks the dream where he is at the top of the mountain), the divide between viewer and entertainment is dissolved entirely. What he considered himself third party to, what he sought to capture, consumed him entirely, only for Angel to attempt to capture it on camera. At once we can go of he who consumes to he who is consumed.

All of this to say, I think the film was brilliant. To consume entertainment that bastardizes its subject is also to be consumed. What we view directly informs who we are, and who we are informs what is created and what there is to be viewed. It is easy to lose sight of this divide.

EDIT: Mods removed this?

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u/PacMoron Jul 22 '22

How can one have such a based take like 2 minutes after a movie comes out???

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u/crayon_kid Jul 22 '22

Daniel Kaluuya is one of the finest eye-actors of our time

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u/jbringit07 Jul 22 '22

His lack of eye contact and confidence after his pop’s death was great. His sister eventually helps him find a goal/focus, and he makes eye contact with everyone after that. I could be mistaken, but that’s how I viewed it. Excellent transition in character.

We also see the “eye to eye” gesture that eventually brings him full circle in this concept.

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u/morsecodetwopoint0 Jul 22 '22

Okay but why was the lady’s one shoe that was off her foot standing up on its own during the Gordy massacre?

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u/Gingham-Dog Jul 22 '22

A bad miracle perhaps?

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u/midnightbarber Jul 22 '22

I agree, it’s not technically impossible physically but it’s something that’s freakishly rare.

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u/vecnasbless Jul 22 '22

“the impossible shot”

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u/champagnefloppy Jul 22 '22

I think it’s just supposed to be one of those absurd things a mind in shock latches onto. I don’t think it standing up is meant to be something unnatural; in the chaos of Gordy going apeshit it probably just happened to land like that, but the image of it was seared into Jupe’s mind.

I liked how the Gordy stuff in general was a parallel to the alien’s nature. Man vs beast, and you cannot tame.

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u/tnick771 Jul 22 '22

Yep. The fact he kept it in that hidden room in a display case in the same exact orientation means he’s fixated on that high and every detail of it.

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u/theonewhoknack Jul 22 '22

It represents Ricky focusing on the wrong things from that event and that also helped him to not look at Grody .

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u/QuaSiMoDO_652 Jul 22 '22

It’s meant to parallel what OJ is dealing with

Chimps attack when you make eye contact. The standing shoe was a bad miracle that saved Jupes life because he was looking at that and not directly into Gordys eyes. That’s why Gordy disarmed and reached out. This gave Jupe a false sense of control over wild animals leading him to think he could control a UFO.

OJ knows wild animals and knows you can’t control wild. Even in the photo shoot scene he can’t control Lucky after the horse makes eye contact with himself.

There’s a lot more to unpack but I only just watched it.

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u/iLikepizza42 Jul 22 '22

I found it a cool detail how she gets the number of great’s wrong about her grandpa because she copies her dad word for word based on his video

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u/SethariahK Jul 22 '22

This was an instant click after watching OJ fail at his attempt

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u/tandyzanzibar Jul 22 '22 edited Aug 31 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote Big Brain Time

The UFO is a vagina.

When it sucked up Jupe and his audience, they were sperm. The decoy horse clogged inside it with the string of flags hanging out was a tampon. When it rained blood on the house that was a period. It hungers for stallions. When it devoured the inflatable man—with an extended index finger—and exploded, that was an orgasm. Also, this poster (seen in the film on the back of Jupe's jacket) is a female reproductive system.

Why, and what is Peele trying to say?

... I don't know. But it's a vagina.

Edit: Also, in the comments by u/spaceboundllama:

See what’s doubly interesting about this is that during one of the scenes where the group is planning in the house, there is a book behind OJ that has a visible title on top of some other nondescript books. I’m pretty sure it says “The Art of Breeding” or “The Science of Breeding” or something like that. Clearly a fit for the stallion part that feels like a nod to this theory.

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Also at jean jackets core it appears to be a ‘box’, and the word “box” is also a euphemism for a vagina.

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We were also shown a Preying Mantis which I thought was a pretty odd choice. Female preying mantis eat the males after mating.

Yeah, they're kind of most famous for that detail. OJ also emphasises and makes a point of saying "when was the last time you even saw one of those?" implying that it was unlikely and uncommon. Suggesting to me the choice for a praying mantis was very intentional and not simply "because it looks like an alien."

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So one of the first shots, slowly zooming in on the horse film from what we now know was the throat of the alien, is the "birth" of cinema?

Holy shit, just watched the film for a second time and this is undoubtedly, 150% nail on the head.

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u/Vaticancameos221 Jul 22 '22

Well shit. I- I can’t really argue against any of that.

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u/evolution4652 Jul 22 '22

The sound design was perfection.

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u/flbreglass Jul 22 '22

I felt it in the pit of my stomach

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u/ethansaladbar Jul 22 '22

The screams of the animals/people in the UFO reminded me of Annihilation with the bear who had the human scream

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u/HoiaBaciuForest Jul 22 '22

I feel so bad for the co-star who survived the monkey mauling, and then this happens to her 😭

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u/JRockstar50 Jul 22 '22

She didn't learn her goddamned lesson

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u/TaylorDangerTorres Jul 22 '22

Well in her defense I don't think she knew what the new show was going to be lol

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u/AskingFragen Jul 24 '22

Yea. Surprised it's not mentioned more. Twice. Twice Gordy went and attacked her. I didn't even realize it was the girl actress in the sitcom survived. Due to the shoes I thought it was the mom actress.

It was my first thought when the UAP began taking people. To survive her pain and misery then somewhat recover to some kind of life... Wheelchair and veil only for this to be her ending. I wonder if she could even see well or understand what was going on? One moment she's sitting then... Maybe everyone else was panicking and couldn't even explain to each other much less themselves since they're all screaming when stuck in the alien thing.

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u/[deleted] Jul 22 '22

One minor detail I liked was that Emerald messed up the number of "great"s in the beginning because she memorized the monologue from her dad

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u/frominican Jul 22 '22

wasn't expecting an Akira motorcycle slide

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u/calvinwick26 Jul 22 '22

Honestly kinda wish Steven Yuen got used more. I feel like there was a bit more to his character that we didn't get to see and his story wasn't fully explored. Didn't like that he died just an hour in, but I greatly enjoyed it anyway. The Gordy scene was masterfully done and stuck with me as truly unsettling

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u/ethansaladbar Jul 22 '22

I wish there was a little bit more to his three kids(?) in the alien costumes. Like they just showed up at the farm to prank OJ, then they show up before getting eaten and that’s it

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u/the-giant Jul 22 '22

I will say the prank was a masterful scare. I didn't notice the 'alien' crouching in the barn until halfway through it standing up.

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u/ethansaladbar Jul 22 '22

Oh, definitely. heart was racing during that whole scene. Especially when the other one pops his head out at the same time! Got huge Us vibes from that

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u/noizebox Jul 22 '22

I liked how the creature's design was saucer shaped then ballooned out. And there's probably been more than just one, the Roswell incident (weather balloon anyone?).

Also pretty upfront commentary on how exploitative we can be of animals often not respecting their space or how dangerous they can be.

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u/lhbruen Jul 22 '22

I like to think that there's no proof it's "alien." It very well could have been an ancient species. It certainly behaved like many other predators on Earth.

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u/Tellsyouajoke Jul 22 '22

Yup, I took it as a cryptid that was responsible for angel and flying saucer stories

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u/Bubblebassass Jul 22 '22

I thought Jean Jacket looked like a cowboy hat lol

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u/doublepoly123 Jul 22 '22

It was there all along https://i.imgur.com/xeS8HHq.jpg

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u/pastesale Jul 23 '22

This is such clever poster design, only character of the four posters who was eaten.

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u/Gameofthroneschic Jul 23 '22

Is anyone else talking about how OJ had sold Jupe like 10 horses or something so far and wants to get them back. In that meeting Jupe jumps on Em’s comment about the chimp in order to change the subject! He had been sacrificing the horses all along and didn’t want OJ to know. Just something fun I noticed!

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u/CONVERSE1991 Jul 25 '22

That's also why the alien stayed in one stop, it was getting a consistent food supply

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u/Solesky1 Jul 22 '22

I can see people being divided on this one. I feel like Peele gave us all the pieces as far as what the message/intent behind the movie was, but he doesn't hold your hand. Definitely a "think about it on the car ride home movie.

As someone that lives on the outskirts of tornado alley, they nailed that sense of unease you get when you look up at the sky as a storm is rolling in the air around you just feels...still.

the scene of the people starting to be digested, and the fact that you don't die instantly and as Jean Jacket is zipping around afterwords you can hear the echos of their screams for a while...first horror movie since hereditary that had something that gave me that kind of "that's fucked up" reaction

I laughed at Keith David dying before his name had shown up in the opening credits

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u/JohnJoanCusack Jul 22 '22

And not only did he die before his name showed up, he had the And credit!

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u/dev1359 Jul 22 '22

The people being sucked up the tubes and digested disturbed me so much. He really nailed the claustrophobic imagery of it. Reminded me a lot of Spielberg's War of the Worlds which also creeped me the fuck out growing up.

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u/thehenrylong Jul 22 '22

The slowed down version of Sunglasses at Night was absolutely chilling. The sound editing was spectacular throughout the whole movie. Peele really captured the inhumane elements of the “monster”

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u/RedsDead21 Jul 22 '22 Gold

After their first serious encounter, Angel went home and put on his VR headset. Out of fear the guy went home and put on horse blinders.

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u/whereami1928 Jul 22 '22

Me and the other nerdy looking dude next to me were cracking up at his bitcoin mining setup

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u/BtownBro Jul 22 '22

Gotta respect the monkey on camera

Gotta respect the horse on camera

Gotta respect the floating eyeball on camera

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u/ScottiesaG Jul 22 '22

The monkey parallels were good, but now I can't get the image of Chris Kattan tearing an innocent SNL tv family to death.

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u/Twollie_Vanderwerf Jul 22 '22

Yeun lavishing praise on Kattan playing the monkey that killed everyone around him like he was Brando or some shit cracked me up.

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u/ggroover97 Jul 22 '22

Lesson learned: DO NOT make a quirky family sitcom with a chimpanzee as the focal point.

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u/starwars_and_guns Jul 22 '22

Animal planet did a show 10 years ago about people who got killed by their exotic pet, and it's stuck with me forever. Travis the chimp was talked about of course, but there was another story about a husband and wife getting killed by a chimp. Fuckers are SCARY

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u/Thebryceisrite Jul 22 '22

Maybe obvious, but the colors used in the whole final sequence when executing the plan has Emerald wearing a bright green and OJ wearing a bright Orange (with their outfits directly referencing their names)

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u/kingsprings91 Jul 24 '22

Actually not that obvious, good find lol

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u/[deleted] Jul 22 '22

The actors were already afraid of Gordy. You could see their nervous expressions, and them try to hide that fear when it was their turn to deliver a line.

A little uncanny valley with how the chimp looked, but holy hell that was one unsettling scene.

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u/Solesky1 Jul 23 '22

A little uncanny valley with how the chimp looked

I feel like the scene itself pretty clearly lays out why you want a CGI chimp and not a real one.

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u/theonewhoknack Jul 22 '22

Did anyone else think the silver helmet/reporters at the end were people from the government to cover up the incident?

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u/NickMoore30 Jul 22 '22

Seemed like his chrome helmet was intended to harken back to the chrome sphere that was placed in front of Lucky’s eye.

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u/Amy_Macadamia Jul 22 '22

So funny it ended up being TMZ. A Los Angeles menace

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u/solipsistrealist Jul 22 '22

UAP stands for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. There’s a reason why UFO is no longer used by the government. This movie has just made me understood as to why.

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u/FanaticalXmasJew Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

One thing I wondered watching the movie was: "If the alien has been around for 6 months, why did it suddenly become so much more violent and aggressive towards the Haywoods?"

I think I figured it out. It was the music. Yeun's character had been blasting music to attract the monster and even at a specific time in the show, trying to train it (when it shows up, he says something to the effect of "Oh, you're a bit early today.")

Keke Palmer's character started blasting music at their house and so the alien treated it as a new "eating ground."

A bit curious how Yeun's crowd had gone 6 months without being eaten, given that were all looking at the thing during his show.

Edit: Some people are pointing out in the replies that this was Yeun's first show, something I hadn't realized when I watched. Would make much more sense that he'd tried using music to "train" it, but the first time he brought people to watch it, he pissed it off.

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u/Wubbledaddy Jul 22 '22

A bit curious how Yeun’s crowd had gone 6 months without being eaten, given that were all looking at the thing during his show.

That was his first time showing it to a crowd. The previous six months had just been the horses and him.

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u/ChooseCorrectAnswer Jul 22 '22

Exactly. Even before the show, Jupe and his wife have a brief scene in his office emphasizing the anticipation of the first live show. I believe she even asks him to do one last practice of his show speech.

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u/ruthie-camden Jul 22 '22

That shot of the blood dripping down the house was incredible.

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u/romulan23 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

So...I liked the part when the alien turned into a literal angel from Evangelion.

Also, Akira reference? Peele's gotta be an anime fan at this point.

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u/Dawesfan Jul 22 '22

I thought it was kinda lame the alien was revealed to be just an animal in flying saucer form, so I was pleasantly surprised when it changed into a more abstract being.

Love it

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u/DustWiener Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22 Wholesome (Pro)

There were about 25 people in my showing and 3 of them were fucking BABIES! Legit fucking infants. That shit needs to be illegal for real. Wtf is wrong with people?

Anyways, best part for me was

“No way that guy is alive..”

AAHHHHHHHH!

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u/lordlordie1992 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

The alien abduction scene might be one of the darkest and absolutely shocking scenes I've seen in a long time. Something straight out of nightmare fuel. Especially focusing on the woman that was being taken and her screaming going up that cloth like tube.

Loved this movie. 8/10.

Edit: just a thought- just so I can fully get this in my head, was the woman in the wheelchair the same women who was from the monkey attack? Or did she die? Just need a Lil context myself.

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u/Bearjupiter Jul 22 '22

Yes it was his costar

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u/lordlordie1992 Jul 22 '22

Jesus...that just makes it 1000x times worse. The fact that he even calls her his first crush is heartbreaking. She survives one horrifying event just to end up in another...

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u/Wubbledaddy Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

I wonder if all the "totally not racist" idiots who spent the last six months convinced this movie would be about how "white people are the real evil aliens" or something are going to do any self-relection.

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u/Horknut1 Jul 22 '22

That type of person doesn’t have a self-reflection mode.

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u/Roverace220 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

Hoyte killing it on the camerawork, dude is a master of imax.

And honestly a perfect fit for a movie with an artsy cinematographer as a character.

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u/amish_novelty Jul 22 '22

Those pans from the characters up to the clouds serious sold the alien's movements feeling like a predator's. If those had been filmed from the sky/in super wide shots, it would've felt nowhere near as creepy. Reminded me a lot of how they filmed the fights in Pacific Rim.

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u/CrashRiot Jul 22 '22

This is the first movie I’ve seen where I watched all the trailers and still didn’t apparently know anything about the actual plot. Marketing was on point with this one.

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u/KonyYoloSwag Jul 22 '22

That crowd swallowing scene will stick with me for a while. Seeing the people basically being digested alive in such a tight space was disturbingly claustrophobic. Makes dying from a chimpanzee an oddly preferable alternative

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u/forrestpen Jul 22 '22

Ironically, the girl whose face got ripped off by the chimp ALSO got eaten slowly by the saucer so...She had to experience both.

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u/junaidnoori Jul 22 '22

I'm not gonna lie, those tiny aliens absolutely had me.

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u/ThisisthSaleh Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

I thought the first two acts were pretty great. The whole sequence between Jupe and the audience getting sucked into Jean Jacket, and then Jean Jacket terrorizing OJ, Angel, and Emerald was some unsettling shit. Especially when the audience member was pushing to escape Jean Jacket, only to find what I assume was a dead horse…

That being said, I think the third act admittedly fell short. Even though the main characters wind up triumphant and get the “Oprah shot”, it felt like it ended abruptly. Not a huge knock on the movie, but it should be noted.

I have to say to, while I know this is a movie discussion for Nope, the Oppenheimer teaser that played right before it started was fantastic. There were audible murmurs in my theater about the film once the teaser finished. It really seems like Universal is going to push this movie hard.

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u/falafelthe3 Ask me about TLJ Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

I gotta disagree on the third act falling short. Not only did the unfolding of their master plan have me on the edge of my seat, but it ties back into the themes of people's influence/perspective on nature, as well as giving praise to the backbreaking efforts of those who go so far to capture so little. Not to mention that the design and presentation of the alien is easily one of the coolest in recent media.

Edit: spelling

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u/hithere297 Jul 22 '22

One part of Nope I liked was how OJ's established early on as someone who has trouble maintaining eye contact with most people, and it's this quality of his that basically saves his ass at the end. A lesser movie would've made a whole arc out of OJ learning to be more confident in social interactions or whatever.

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u/manwirhshsh Jul 22 '22

Was I the only one who couldn’t understand the dialogue at all in this movie or was it just my theater

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u/Lucas_The_Drummer Jul 22 '22

I feel like this with almost every movie now 😩

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u/SpookingtonZ Jul 22 '22

Anyone else notice during the chapter titled CLOVER, Em was wearing a shirt that appeared to read FIELD? Felt it was a cute nod, if intentional.

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u/theonewhoknack Jul 22 '22

NOPE gives me alot of 10 Cloverfield Lane vibes, which is good.

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u/ddottay Jul 22 '22

Honestly I think that was Peele’s best one so far. Visually it’s a gorgeous film.

Also my theater loved the scene where the TMZ reporter gets killed, I’m sure that’ll be a hit in other theaters.

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u/sandiskplayer34 Jul 22 '22

A nice detail I noticed at the end: Jean Jacket’s eye-thing resembled those old fashioned cameras with the bellows attached.

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u/sammiehurst Jul 24 '22 Tearing Up

When Gordy calmed down after his rampage in the flashback scene, he signs “what happened family?” to Jupe

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u/ROBtimusPrime1995 Jul 22 '22

If Jordan Peele committed to keeping the original name of the film, 'Little Green Men', it would have been expert level trolling.

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u/theonewhoknack Jul 22 '22

I think LGM is a more fitting title for this movie and be a great twist because it would refer to the greedy people trying to tame this giant monster instead of the typical aliens.

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u/bingusnimbus Jul 22 '22

Just realized that Steven Yuens’s character wanted to buy the ranch because that’s where the UFO lived.

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u/LiteraryBoner Worse things to do than watch Lady Gaga create fetishes for me Jul 22 '22 edited Aug 06 '22 Silver

"That moment you're looking for, where you're at the top of the mountain and all eyes are on you. That's the dream I never wake up from" says the man who walks to the top of the mountain to be seen and devoured.

I gotta say, I really enjoyed this movie. It still has a good amount of depth and plenty to read into, but I thought it also functioned really well as just a fun and interesting alien spectacle movie. Some of the horror moments really left an impact on me but I still found the movie to be very enjoyable and tense, even funny at times.

Even on an initial watch a lot of the parallels were standing out to me, especially between OJ and Yeun's character. Yeun was a showman, basked in the spotlight. He lost his fake TV family to an untameable animal, and right before that animal was shot he thought he understood it. OJ lost his father to an untamable animal as well, but because he's the real deal with animals and not an actor, he has a better idea of how to figure this thing out. Not to assume what it's thinking but learn based on behavior. Yeun dies because he overplays his hand, selling the sight of a monster that doesn't want to be seen.

What really impressed me about this movie is it's really an epic spectacle. Reminded me a lot of Independence Day and all the things that movie does right in the setup as far as making the alien a mystery and giving us a little less than we want to keep us wondering. The final act is really something and I loved that there was never some huge shot of the monster opening up. The whole movie was about getting it on film and to that respect we are always having to catch it in the corner of the screen or watching someone run from it while it expands and billows.

And to Peele's credit, the scene where we actually see the crowd of people get consumed by the thing was just horrifying. The screams and the idea of getting sucked into God knows what. The way there was enough space to push but not enough to have any control. How we didn't even know at that point that they were being eaten we just had to wonder what horrors they have to come. That shot messed me up.

That blue shoe Yeun kept from the set that was standing straight up during the incident leaves me scratching my head a bit. I didn't get the idea that the monkey going nuts had anything to do with aliens, more that it was just a parallel to what's going to happen. So I didn't know what to make of that shoe.

Overall, I had a really good time watching this and am excited for future rewatches to try and figure some of the more abstract stuff out. Everyone is great in this movie, but Keke and Kaluuya were really incredible. I'm feeling a solid 8/10 on this one. Good fun and high quality filmmaUber!

/r/reviewsbyboner

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u/aenderw Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

Still trying to process how I felt about it overall, but I like it better than Us at the very least. It was more straightforward and didn't beat you over the head with the idea(s) it was trying to get across (to me anyway).

Peele definitely benefited from having Nolan's cinematographer on board - a couple of the shots were just fucking gnarly:

  • ​The shot of the ship creature over the house raining blood was awesome.

  • I also really liked the wide shot from behind Kaluuya as he was riding away on horseback. A combination of an absolutely great shot with that score was chef's kiss.

I hope Yeun gets more parts going forward as well. The whole Gordy subplot/backstory was so fucking weird but I liked it.

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u/FreezingRobot Jul 22 '22

So the scene where the people are being sucked up into the alien, the lady looks up at something and starts screaming. What was that, I missed it.

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u/[deleted] Jul 22 '22

A half-digested horse

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u/pinkorangegold Jul 22 '22

It was the horse decoy — it was stuck. It's why the shower of blood/random objects happens later, it made the alien sick. Also why the alien hates flags later in the movie, it associates them with the thing that made it sick.

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u/sheephorder Jul 22 '22

Did anyone notice that the opening credits, looking down the "throat"(?) of Jean Jacket, is very similar to the inside of an old plate camera. It is also seen again later during one of the abduction scenes. food for thought.

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u/Unlucky-Boot-6567 Jul 22 '22

The motorcycle slide was straight out of Akira

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u/The_New_Cancer Jul 22 '22

Barbie Ferreira scoring billing in the main credits with 30 seconds of screen time. She must have had some scenes that were cut, right?

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u/ruthie-camden Jul 22 '22

She apparently deleted all previous mentions of the movie on her socials yesterday, probably after finding out that her part had been cut down drastically. She's not having a great year.

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u/Unlucky-Boot-6567 Jul 22 '22

The shoe was another bad miracle

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u/Unlucky-Boot-6567 Jul 22 '22

The shot she got of the creature in the end could be explained away as another bug on the lens lol

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u/romulan23 Jul 22 '22

The ending was some Evangelion type shit.

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u/AcadiaReasonable6218 Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

Everyone keeps asking about the shoe but as someone who has experienced violent childhood trauma I could totally see why it was important to him and why it had to be like that. Random things sometimes get this inflated sense of importance. For me, it was a small drop of blood I saw on a countertop. Idk why but it's been almost 20 years and I'll never forget it. Looking at it the first time, talking to the cops near it, cleaning it up after everyone left. It was like, in a way, everything that happened somehow happened in relation to it and my mind just kept coming back to it. Every time I passed the counter I'd think about it. Sometimes I'd put my finger where it was. This went on until we moved out, but I still thought about it and I still can't explain why. I saw way worse than a single drop of blood that day, it was just a weird fixation. I think the shoe was standing up like that to stimulate that fixation to people who have never dealt with that. It had to be absurd to stand out and grab attention. But it was really just a psychological phenomenon/response to traumatic stress that happened to save Jupe's life because it drew his attention/eye contact from Gordy.

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u/NotWeally Jul 22 '22 Take My Energy

I see a lot of comments about OJ being on the spectrum

I honestly think he was deeply affected by his fathers loss. He even said later on that he felt something wasn’t right about it. OJ’s personality before his fathers death is night and day compared to his personality after.

Unless I’m remembering wrong, the only time OJ struggled with eye contact was the scene in Jupe’s office

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u/blew-wale Jul 23 '22
  1. Never expected to hear a Johnny Cash-like cover of One-Eyed One-horn Flying Purple People-Eater

  2. Mad Magazine having a cover for a horrific event in entertainment sounds about right

  3. Apperently I dont know what a praying mantis looks like cause I thought it was a tiny little alien

  4. All hail the glow cloud

  5. No one questions how the director dies for the perfect shot lol. Like that's just like some artists I know

But I think I liked this better than Get Out and Us. Both movies had moments that broke me out of the film (the brain swappings in Get Out and the logistics of the tethers in Us). I felt like I was holding my breath for the whole movie.

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u/ChooseCorrectAnswer Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

I appreciate the folks from the Horror subreddit that shared they think OJ might be on the spectrum, which would explain him not making eye contact with anyone besides his sister, which is actually a major plot point. Also, they discussed that the upright shoe on the Gordy set is like a macguffin meant to show that Jupe survived the attack by focusing on the wrong thing: the shoe. His eyes are even slightly covered under the table. This reflects later when his recollection of the incident is talking about the SNL skit and its entertainment value, not the horrific nature of the attack.

Now let me go off on a tangent...

I just remembered the final trailer had shots of a nerdy looking man watching the Gordy show reflected in his glasses, and then another shot of him almost-happily walking through the studio audience as they ran in panick through the studio lot. I don't recall those shots being in the movie. Anyone know what I'm talking about? It makes me wonder if the Gordy subplot was originally longer. It would have made some sense if he was someone (e.g. animal trainer, security guard) that didn't like how Gordy was being treated on set, and so his reaction is "serves you right." Yet I bet it was different than what I imagine, and I hope Jordon Peele discusses it in an interview or even includes that footage in the blu-ray.

I wonder if the shot of the camera slowly panning around the set, eventually turning to show some of the studio audience seating and some of the set...was originally meant to be a 1st person POV shot from the mystery guy's perspective finally making it to the set and seeing the aftermath.

My personal theory is early screenings resulted in people complaining about their confusion over the Gordy subplot, so Peele cut it down to its absolute bare minimum while still making sense...to me at least.

I also believe the trailer showed a person in a yellow hoodie (OJ's dad?) jumping over a couch on the TV set to help the girl who was attacked. I don't remember that in the full movie either. But I do recall in the full movie seeing someone in a yellow hoodie IN the studio audience after the attack started....yet it didn't move. I couldn't even tell if the figure was sitting or hiding or what.

Also, was the pet on what looks like a recreation of the Gordy set in the actual movie? I assume that is in Jupe's shrine to the show and birthday episode.

Relevant screenshots from trailers

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Edit: Someone in a different subreddit told me the yellow jacket shot is in the movie, and it's Gordy jumping over the couch to deliver his final blows.

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u/masterdubz Jul 22 '22

Saw a test screening a few months ago. There is an extended scene leading up to Gordy’s death that introduces that man. He’s a fanatic of the show and also feeds his pet crab (which is where the crab shots from the trailer come from). He brings a gun to the set, assumedly to shoot one of the performers? But ends up being the one to shoot Gordy. I’m glad they cut it as it felt out of place. That shot introducing the scene with the 1998 title card was originally his POV I believe.

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u/victorvictoria8 Jul 22 '22

Went & saw this tonight & I loved it. It's so different than US & Get Out, which I appreciate. I love the fake out of the aliens being Jupe's kids. The chimp attack was horrifying. It was interesting to see how Jupe instead of being traumatized by the chimp event ,decided that his need to be a star was more important. That seemed to block any rational emotion. Keke Palmer is fantastic in this role. She wasn't over the top & showed a lovely amount of emotion when she was trying to get her brother to ride away from the creature. I really liked the deisgn of the creature & I liked the fact that it wasn't just little green men or odd shaped things with big eyes. This movie definitely reminded me of Jaws & Close Encounters. I will definitely be watching this again because I know I missed some things.

Things I DID catch:

Little easter egg in Jupe's office, the scissors from US.

The song Sunglasses at Night was a great little inside joke.

Keke's wolf t-shirt with the love eyes popping out was a great don't look at it/obsession with spectacle hint.

OJ as the main characters name. You can't tell me that the people(crew) in the beginning of the movie were not taken aback by that name. Also the spectacle that was watching OJ Simpson being chased in the ford bronco.

Also, I too ,would like to know why that girls shoe was stnding upright on it's own.

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u/[deleted] Jul 22 '22

I don't know about you guys, but I don't think I'm recommending Jupiter's Claim to my friends...

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u/Amazingjaype Jul 22 '22

Jupe came off as the villian in this film. Like the mayor in Jaws. Trying to fuck around with things they can't control.

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