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First reactions land for Jordan Peele's Nope with Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya

Can it match the success of Get Out and Us?

The first reactions have arrived for Jordan Peele's sci-fi horror Nope and it's looking good for the new movie.

We've got a glimpse at how critics have responded to the film, after its world premiere last night (July 18) and it seems to be positive news for Peele's film fans so far. Following on from the success of the director's 2017 debut Get Out and his 2019 horror Us, Nope has already been flooded with praise.

daniel kaluuya, nope trailer
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Sharing his thoughts on Twitter, Collider's Editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub ensured he kept tight-lipped on any plot details but made it clear he was a fan of the new movie.

"Not going to spoil any aspect of @JordanPeele's #NopeMovie except to say *big* thumbs up," he said. "And cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema shot the movie using @IMAX cameras so if you're going to see Nope see it in IMAX."

Daily Dead News managing editor Heather Wixson also gave high praise to the film, describing it as "absolutely phenomenal".

"So #NopeMovie is absolutely phenomenal in so many ways. Perfectly blends together a sci-fi spectacle with a story that is also something of a Hollywood reckoning and it blew my expectations away. Gorgeously shot, the sound mix is thunderous and the cast all shines. Love love loved it."

steven yeun, nope trailer
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The sci-fi horror was hailed a "resounding YES" by People senior news editor Nigel Smith, who added that the film is a "thrilling and strange spectacle".

"#NopeMovie is a resounding YES. See it on the biggest screen you can find. A thrilling and strange spectacle unlike anything else out there. I'll never look at the sky the same way again."

Similarly, Fandango critic Erik Davis claimed: "Jordan Peele's Nope is one of the best films I've watched this year! It's frightening and ferocious, but also very funny and unlike any UFO movie you've ever seen. It is a wholly unique and VERY entertaining horror epic full of wild surprises and an unforgettable Keke Palmer performance."

keke palmer, nope trailer
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However, it wasn't all positive for Nope as Hollywood Critics Association's Scott Menzel suggested it's Peele's "weakest" movie so far, despite insisting he enjoyed the first act.

"Nope is Jordan Peele's most ambitious film but also his weakest. The first act is superb but by the second, it loses its footing and becomes a bad M. Night Shyamalan movie with Spielbergian elements. It lacks a sense of focus with a story that is never fully realized."

Nope sees Peele team up once more with Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya, who led the cast of his debut movie Get Out in 2017.

The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun and Scream Queens star Keke Palmer also feature in the film, which tells the story of two siblings who discover an alien spaceship hovering over their family's horse ranch.

Nope is set to be released in cinemas on July 22, 2022.


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