Writer-director Jordan Peele follows his genre-bending thrillers Get Out and Us with this western-horror adventure about a strange phenomenon.
Writer-director Jordan Peele follows his genre-bending thrillers Get Out and Us with this western-horror adventure about a strange phenomenon terrorizing a California movie ranch from the skies above.
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More than 20 years after a bizarre incident during a TV production, rancher OJ Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) struggles to keep his business ― Haywood Hollywood Horses, the only Black-owned horse trainers in Tinseltown ― afloat. OJ’s sister and assistant, Emerald (Keke Palmer), arrives late for a commercial shoot by esteemed cinematographer Antlers Holst (Michael Wincott), and things unravel from there. To save them from financial ruin, OJ considers selling his horses to former child star Ricky “Jupe” Park (Steven Yeun) to use at his nearby alien-themed carnival. But as strange occurrences begin in the skies above, a failing family business may be the least of the Haywoods’ concerns.
With his latest hit, writer-director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) — who guested for a special IMAX screening of the film last month at TIFF ’22 — once again blends and subverts multiple genre tropes to achieve incisive social commentary. Nope is at once a western about race and labour, a comedy about trauma, and a monster movie about our addiction to celebrity culture.
Content advisory: frightening scenes, violence, violence involving animals (CG), mature themes