Nope Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

Jordan Peele started out as a comedy actor, and his comedic talent is best seen in the famous sketch show Kay and Peele. All the more interesting is his transition to the position of director and screenwriter with The Trap and Us, in which Peele demonstrated his innovative approach to horror, thrillers and cinema in general. “Nope” continues the vector set by the director, in which the main thing is to surprise the audience. We tell you in the review below how well it turned out for Peel the third time.

Nope / Nope

Genre horror, science fiction
Directed by Jordan Peele
Starring Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Stephen Ehn, Michael Wincott,
Premiere cinemas
Release year 2022
IMDb site

The main characters of the film are Otis Jr. “OJ” Haywood (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald Haywood (Keke Palmer). They are a brother and sister who run a horse ranch specifically for filming Haywood Hollywood Horses. Half a year before the beginning of the events, their father dies due to a mysterious tragedy: a coin crashed into his head at high speed, the wound turned out to be fatal. After that, the family business declined, the ranch was in danger of being sold. At the same time, the Haywoods notice something very similar to a UFO hovering over their house. And they decide to film it to make money.


Turning to a rather trivial connection with UFOs, Peele again uses a familiar image to convey his unconventional vision of the world. Even within the framework of some specific genre, it will not be possible to drive “Nou”. There is a place for horror, thriller, science fiction, western and social drama. And if you delve even deeper, it turns out that the entire film is almost an ode to cinematography and the madmen who make it.

However, you still have to guess the last one by comparing all the phrases and pieces from the film. And no, it’s not that Peele made a puzzle film, which most often challenges the mental abilities of the audience. On the contrary, the central storyline of “No” is as clear and prosaic as possible.


Relatives come across something unknown in the middle of the American prairie and see it as an easy way to get rich. But it quickly turns out that it is not so “easy”, but hides a deadly danger. However, even then, the Heywoods do not back down from the idea of ​​shooting a UFO, even if they have to risk their lives for it.

In this development of the plot, Peel’s somewhat unusual approach to history is already hidden in the chosen topic. The people in his film are also victims who are powerless before UFOs. But they are fighting not for survival, not for world peace, but rather from purely personal motives. Their motives are understandable and extremely human, which increases the overall veracity of the story.

The heroes’ courage and desperation arise from life’s problems, their moments of heroism are fleeting flashes, not a continuous line of behavior. For the third time in his work, Peale looks behind the scenes of human souls – and finds rather dark aspirations and dark, cruel thoughts there. Which will still be able to find feedback from the audience, because something like this is hidden in many of us.

And it’s all the more sad that in its last third, “No” trades the general poetics and mystery for a simpler “man vs. beast” plot line, where the beast is played by an alien from outer space. The story then becomes primitive, the general tension comes to nothing. This is given how competently Peel plays with the nerves of the audience in the middle of the timeline. One of the scenes turned out to be as stunning as possible and clearly not for people with weak nerves (and who suffer from claustrophobia).


But even then, Know does not change its main reference, doing everything to exalt the talent and genius of the man, which often borders on madness. Only from this point of view will the key flashback of the film, which seems to be completely unrelated to the main story, become clear. And if “history” for you is a set of some events that have a certain result, then there really will be no connection.

After all, “Nou” speaks to you in the language of cinema, not dialogues or thoughts. Somewhere at the intersection of colorful shots (and the film is really insanely beautiful), outstanding work with sound, thoughtful script, truthful acting and other nuances of film production, the true meaning of the film is born.

In which Nou is a story about overcoming the urge to say the infamous nou and run as far as you can, instead staring danger straight in its distorted eyes. How to put your head in the mouth of a metaphorical lion and not take it out, even when the predator’s teeth and claws are already embedded in your body. Not for the reward or fame, but just for the grandeur of the moment itself.


Peele, in his third personal film, celebrates the talent of man and his desire for creativity. But he does it without too much romance. On the contrary, “Nou” through the image of a UFO clearly demonstrates how destructive and deadly art in general and cinematography in particular can be. Art in the film does not save, but only destroys and kills. But its irrational magic still beckons—and will continue to do so as long as humanity exists.

Pros: technical performance, non-standard and bright ideas, acting Cons: the final part of the film, which lacks tension and imagery Conclusion:

Jordan Peele has done it again, no argument. Using the classic horror tie-in, he gave us all something unusual and provocative. “Nou” will clearly not be liked by everyone, and some of his thoughts may escape the viewer altogether. But there is no other UFO movie like this on any schedule.

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