Review | No, Don’t Look! teases and delivers another Jordan Peele classic

Jordan Peele has been in the headlines for a few years now, especially after Run, a film he directed and wrote, shook critics, caught the public’s attention and surprised the industry. Just after, We it was released to the buzz of acclaim of the previous film, but met with more resistance from the public, who were divided in opinion.

Now, No, Don’t Look! (NOPE, original title) hits theaters and finds an avid and curious audience. The film, which explores in its theme the appearance of extraterrestrial beings, escapes from the two previous deliveries and hits a lot in everything it proposes, being a pleasant surprise.

No, Don’t Look! distributed by Universal Pictures (reproduction)

With just over two hours long, the film takes us along OJ (Daniel Kaluuya)) e Emerald (Keke Palmer), orphaned children of a horse breeder who were used in film productions. The father, killed in a mysterious accident in which common objects (such as keys and coins) fall like rain from the sky, leaves the ranch and horses in the care of OJ, who feels he needs to carry on his father’s legacy, even though he is still traumatized by the recent death.

Emerald, on the other hand, is expansive and trying to achieve in one of its dozens of ways, is a counterweight in the relationship with her brother, and is the one who makes him provide filming equipment to try to capture the mysterious object that terrifies them one night, in an attempt to earn thousands. dollars with the footage and change their lives.

No, Don’t Look! distributed by Universal Pictures (reproduction)

Unlike the director’s other films, where the atmosphere of mystery and suspense is carried on until a revelation at the end, here the mystery and suspense remains even when you see what is the reason for fear and distrust. There are no eye-opening and surprising plot-twists, and yet Jordan manages to create an addictive and magnetic atmosphere that holds us to the film from beginning to end.

Keke Palmer it’s impeccable, making the film lighter, more relatable and, frankly, more enjoyable to watch. Her character is human, endearing and extremely real. Daniel, on the other hand, seems to play the same role again — even when we can be empathetic about the emotional charge he carries. It doesn’t disappoint, but it made us think that if it weren’t for Keke, we’d miss out on a lot of the film’s shine and great moments.

No, Don’t Look! distributed by Universal Pictures (reproduction)

The direction and script are extremely right: nothing is left or missing in the film. It’s exciting (in many ways), it’s modern, and it’s very well-paced. It shows us that Jordan is on an excellent path to becoming even bigger and more acclaimed, while reasserting himself as one of the greatest directors of our generation.

We left the cinema eager to return, to disobey the order not to look up, and to linger longer in the excellent moments delivered by the film. Looking forward to what Jordan still has in store for us in the future!

92/100

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