First ‘No’ reaction: director Jordan Peele praised by critics


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Initial reactions to Jordan Peele’s No have been pouring in as the film continues its Los Angeles premiere, earning praise for the director’s turn towards science fiction and comparisons to directors like Steven Spielberg.

Expectations are high for No, given Peel’s emergence as one of the most beloved directors of the past five years. His film debut, Get Out, received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture for director Peel and actor Kaluuy. Peel won an Academy Award for Original Screenplay. The film’s worldwide gross of $255 million was comparable to Peel’s sequel Us, which was critically acclaimed and had fans immersed in spirals of theory and explanation.

Despite having built a brand for himself with just two films, Peel assured that he entered No relatively free of the public’s expectations of him.

“We tried to make a big summer blockbuster that you can enjoy however you want,” Peele said. Diversity Angelica Jackson at the movie premiere. “You want to come in and just smoke a big joint and talk to a friend about social issues, you can do that. If you want to come and just relax and get away from it all and see Keke Palmer in the middle of a UFO, then this is what we have for you.”

No reunites Peel with his Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya in the story of two siblings (Kaluuya and Keke Palmer) who discover an alien spaceship hovering over their family’s horse farm. The duo intend to capture the spacecraft on camera, but the mission does not go according to plan.

Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott, Wrenn Schmidt and Keith David round out the cast of No. The film marks Peel’s first collaboration with cinematographer Hoyt van Hoytem, ​​best known for Christopher Nolan’s films Interstellar, Dunkirk and Tenet.

On Tuesday, No begins screening for critics in most major markets, but some members of the press have already seen the film in previews.

Collider Editor-in-Chief Steven Weintraub did not praise the details, but assured that his opinion was a “thumbs up”.

CNN entertainment reporter Frank Pallotta called the film “out of this world”, peppering his praise with references to Alfred Hitchcock, John Carpenter and Adam McKay.

People’s senior news editor Nigel Smith called No a “decisive YES”, calling the film “an exciting and strange spectacle”.

Daily Dead News managing editor Heather Wixon called the film “absolutely phenomenal”, praising the combination of the genre with “Hollywood calculation”.

Huffington Post senior cultural reporter Candice Frederick is still working on the film. This seems to have given her a lot of food for thought.

A member of the Hollywood Critics Association praised No’s ambition, with the caveat that he felt the film was Peel’s weakest work to date.

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