sORRY I cannot stop thinking about Jupe and Em in the scene about the fucking horse decoy. Jupe pulls up and already knows that the decoy is his, Emerald knows he knows that she stole it. This scene is literally two high charisma characters both rolling nat 1′s and standing looking at eachother all stupid. It’s SO AWKWARD AND FUNNY because despite the fact that everyone knows that the decoy is stolen he just!!! leaves it! he chickens out and changes the subject to the star lasso experience. what a gem, what a scene, I want this scene burned into my brain.
yeah the social commentary and underlying themes were great but what really made me love NOPE was the chaotic lesbian, her quietly hilarious brother, the scrunkly little customer service worker they adopted, and the eldritch horror that followed them home like a stray cat
What does it mean to be consumed? I am thinking of the moment after Jupe and the tourists are swept into the maw of Jean Jacket. When they are screaming, confused, trapped. As Jean Jacket hovers over the Haywood house, someone shouts and begs to be let out. Of what? Do they know that they are in Jean Jacket, the beast? That they are being digested? When Jean Jacket silences them, do they understand finally? There is something so horrifying, so visceral, about being in the maws of something and not even knowing it. Having your fate known by everyone but you.
And then I am thinking of the Haywood ranch. Of OJ and the horses, him slowly selling them away to Jupe, and thinking he can just buy them back. But the horses are already gone; Jean Jacket eats every single one of them. Jupe knows this, but lets OJ make his plan. He doesn’t tell OJ that his ranch is half-eaten, bleeding out in front of him. That he and Jean Jacket have been chewing on the Haywoods the whole time.
I am thinking about that horror, of being someone else’s meal, profit, plan, and of not knowing.
em haywood blorbo of all time. punkass little sister who bugs her brother to take her places and wails that he doesn’t love her if he grumbles. motorcyclist lesbian. canonically makes cheese. constantly hustling. so smart and so quick thinking. daddy issues. always late. probably also mommy issues. literally fucks a therapist instead of seeing one. charismatic enough to follow social cues but struggles to understand them. immediately believes her brother saw a ufo. rides shopping carts. throws sour patch kids at a bug. loves fiercely, with her whole heart. would die for her brother. vapes.
oj haywood blorbo of all time. literal cowboy. begrudging drives his punkass little sister places when she whines. follower of the Esteemed Path Of Not Messin With You. noped his way out of getting eaten. so smart and analytical. can stare an alien bigger than a skyscraper down but can barely speak to strangers. loves his horsies. probably has never left socal let alone california. DIFFERENT daddy issues. probably the same mommy issues. dedicated. protective older brother. king of fuck eye contact. talks to people like horses when he’s stressed. nailed the biohazard that killed his dad to his bedroom wall. rides like it’s woody’s final round up. quietly delighted by a praying mantis instead of a ufo. understands social cues but struggles to follow them. loves steadily, without hesitation, with his whole heart. would die for his sister.
it probably doesn’t have to be said but adhd/autistic siblings
its about being SEEN, man. the horrifying ordeal of being KNOWN, okay? em and oj see each other, they know each other. the reward of being loved, they get out alive BECAUSE of it, while working within a narrative that encourages you to think twice before looking (before seeing), a narrative that spends two hours reminding you of the weight your gaze holds, the power you wield. they have been subjected to the horrors of knowing, of seeing. they know the weight, the power, the consequences, they KNOW.
and they look at each other, and make sure the other looks back, make sure the other knows they are seen. because there is WEIGHT, there is KNOWING. they wield their gaze at each other with every bit of understanding, with the reminder of their power hovering above their heads ready to punish them for it. they SEE each other!! they fucking LOVE each other!!! god!!!
My favourite thing about Nope is how Jordan Peele presented behaviour created by trauma because you never really see it in horror movies beside a mention and maybe a little cry.
So to see Jupe so affected by the Gordy incident that it affected his behaviour with Jean-Jacket was fuckin fascinating. Like the whole reason he kept feeding JJ was because in his head, he related Gordy reaching out to fist bump him to their "bond".
He tried to establish a bond with Jean-Jacket via feeding, basically Learning Theory of Attachment, but this was due to his misunderstanding of why Gordy didn't attack Jupe in the first place. Because the table cloth stopped him from having direct eye contact with him.
And this misunderstanding created his one-sided bond with Jean Jacket.
Really really like the fact that we never see the tmz guys face in nope. It really proves the point how inhumane the parapazzi act in their pursuit of the story and how they in that pursuit often seem to lack basic human decency and how in turn it makes them seem unhuman.
How as soon jean jacket dies all the media shows up to capitalize on the pain and tramua that em, oj and angel went through....