I went for the really good movie this week, but this is probably my favorite solo commentary. This one was recommended by Amir, and it is amazing and terrifying, and I wish I hadn’t decided to watch it alone at 1:30 in the morning, but I did, so there. It deserved way more awards than it won, and I will probably see Nope in the theaters, something I almost never do. I yelled at the screen. A lot. It’s so good.
A few things: I think Chris was too hard on himself about his mom because if he had called 911, they wouldn’t have done anything until she had been missing for a certain amount of time. It’s 48 hours in most places. I mean, I know he can’t get over the guilt of not trying, but in hind site, it wouldn’t have helped.
I wish I could say that the way he’s treated like a novelty item and the awkward attempts to relate to him by all of Rose’s family and family friends is something that only happens in movies, but as a bartender, I can emphatically back this up. I also love all of the warning signs that Chris either missed or chose to ignore like Rose arriving with a full suitcase and leaving with only a messenger bag or that she didn’t ask him why he was in her closet.
This came out in 2017 from Universal Pictures. It was written and directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut and stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, Allison Williams as Rose, Lil Rel Howery as Rod, Bradley Whitford as Dean, Catherine Keener as Missy, Marcus Harfield as Walter, and Betty Gabriel as Georgina. In my opinion, Marcus and Betty carried the movie. It never would have been this good and scary without them and their incredible abilities to act with virtually no dialogue. This movie is on pretty much every best movie list from the 2010’s and won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It should have won more awards.