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Exploring Grief as a Major Theme in Jordan Peele's 'Nope'

Jordan Peele’s new feature film  “Nope ” killed (baduntss) at the box office, raking in $148.7 million. As with any Monkeypaw Productions flick, there’s been a lot of conversation about different themes in the movie, with everyone landing on spectacle, the relationship between animal and man, and tragedy as the major themes worthy of discussion. I’m wondering why no one has spoken about one of the strongest themes of the movie, grief? 

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In Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” the first scene of the movie shows Otis senior dying due to a nickel that falls from the sky. Right before his death, he’s speaking to Otis Jr. (OJ) about how their next movie venture will truly set them up for life and get rid of all their financial problems. In a six month time lapse, we see OJ trying to continue his dad and family’s legacy by continuing in the horse entertainment business with his sister Emerald (Em), and it doesn’t work out due to OJ’s lack of people skills and Em’s irresponsibility. OJ wants to save the ranch from going under to preserve what his dad would have wanted, meanwhile Em is bitter that her dad didn’t let her train one of the horses when she was younger, thus making her spiteful about the ranch, the horses, and the legacy.

There’s a line earlier in where she’s talking about Jean Jacket, the horse her father said she’d be able to train, where she explains how that broken promise broke her, but she stopped saying that OJ didn’t get the point.

Their money woes are what ultimately propels them forward towards trying to get pictures of the alien they encountered that killed their father, which once again would grant them financial security. 

While yes, this movie is about a brother and sister taking down a giant

relationship character man

Jean Jacket

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