There is a movie called Nope that hit theaters this weekend. Heard of it?
Jordan Peele’s latest film is a genuine summer blockbuster, a creature feature featuring electric performances, exhilarating visuals, and the requisite resonant ideas that we’ve come to expect from the filmmaker. It stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who inherit their father’s Hollywood horse-training business and, while isolated in the California hills, suspect a UFO has been lurking around.
When this UFO—beast, alien, monster, spaceship…whatever it is—begins stalking them, they hunt it in return, hoping to secure “the Oprah shot”: footage that proves aliens exist, and will lead to a cash windfall.
Are we going to spoil what happens in the coolest movie to hit theaters this summer? (Nope.) Are we going to go into major detail about the sequence when the main characters finally confront the monster? (Nope.) But if you’ve seen the film, should you read on to see what our entertainment staff thought said monster looked like? (Yep.)
Like everyone who’s seen the film, our team hasn’t stopped thinking about it. When the final act reveals exactly what the alien/monster/we’re-still-not-sure-what-to-call-it looked like, we were spellbound, impressed, and confused. What, exactly, did it remind of?
We posed the question in an open forum, and here are our answers.
A fancy squid (obviously)
Yet also Squidward?
A regal, yet menacing labia
That fun parachute game we’d play in gym in elementary school
That one villain from Pirates of the Caribbean with the octopus face
The tentacles from The Mist
The spaceship from Arrival
A vagine, tbh
Big honkin’ belly and cavernous belly button
The Fifth Element blue alien diva (when miss Nope is in her final form in the sky)
The giant eyeball that watches you in the Super Mario 64 level that scared me so bad as a kid I had to stop playing.
A color guard team in the middle of their routine
This beautiful dress Zendaya wore
A bizarre, beribboned gift you might find at the wedding party in the Corpse Bride
A hairstyle Effie Trinket would sport in The Hunger Games
An extremely elaborate kite that no one could fly
A sand dollar (when it’s not showing off its tentacles)
A gorgeously labial vagina, obviously
A drag queen who’s very into reveals
A mutant butterfly
A Rorschach test blob
A shapeshifting alien-movie camera monster (due to its square, bursting “eye/lens”)