American director Jordan Peele has been impressed with his last two feature films. “Get Out” won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture. “We” was also a haunting horror film that held up the mirror of society. With his new “No,” he goes one step further. Now danger comes from the sky. His real UFO appears on his ranch in California. And things are hungry.
First scene: We are in the living room of a television studio. Someone is lying on the floor behind the sofa. I can only see her two bare feet. Plus a chimpanzee in clothes. His face is covered in blood. Slowly turn his head towards the camera.
Second scene, California desert ranch. His father and son are saddled their horses. There is a company called Heywood Hollywood Horses that trains and rents out horses to the film industry. Suddenly, objects of all kinds fell from the sky and his OJ, his son, saw his father falling a short distance down from his horse and dead. It seems he was struck by a coin that pierced his brain.
“No” starts like this and the tone is set immediately. Eerie and mysterious. It’s a Jordan Peele movie. Better be careful then.
At first, researchers thought the planes flying above had lost part of their payload, but OJ soon realized there was more. He is sure they were all exhaled by the spacecraft. When he tells this to his sister Emerald, who moved in with him after the death of his father, she has a bright idea. It’s good news and they can take advantage of it. The two decide to film a visit from outer space and seek professional help. And it doesn’t go according to plan.
Jordan Peele wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t say anything about society in this movie. This time, we take a closer look at the world of cinema itself, and our addiction to entertainment and spectacle. And again, he subtly addresses racism in Hollywood and beyond.
The first film image ever made (“Horse in Motion” by Eadweard Muybridge in 1878, check on youtube) is the jockey. It’s about black men, but as is often the case, that “detail” has disappeared into the folds of history. Peele is now correcting this in his film. He gives Rider an identity. He is the great-grandfather of OJ and Emerald Heywood. The man who founded the ranch nearly 150 years ago is actually world famous. and he is black
Horses also play an important role in this film. OJ is a bit of a talkative cowboy who usually mutters something softly to himself. But with his horses, he speaks best, and he senses anomalies from interactions with horses, which sense danger before humans.
Lead actor Daniel Kaluuya, who won Best Supporting Actor for Judas and the Black Savior last year, learned to ride horses for the film.
galloping horse. majestic landscape. A secluded house on the prairie. “No” is a western that justifies the genre. But cowboys are black, no Indians. No shootouts, no flapping saloon doors. This is not a classic western.
A Jordan Peele movie without the horror is like a pub without the beer. Again, he uses horror movie techniques such as: jump scares, to scare the viewer. There are times when the tension drops. Still, fear is not an end in itself.
You can also classify “no” as science fiction. Because this time the danger comes from outer space. For Jordan Peele, meeting aliens was a childhood dream. Thanks to the reputation he built on his previous films, he finally got the chance (and money) to capture such a magical moment.
Jordan Peele’s third feature film is a lot at once. Arguably the most ambitious film ever made. Is it his best too? Do not. Maybe he played his hand a little too much. Finals leave you a little dizzy. Finally, what do you think he wants to tell us?
But it’s terrifying. And interesting. and bold. And it always deserves applause.
Nope hits theaters today, August 17th.