Peele’s ‘Nope’ is a thrilling, layered summer sci-fi spectacle

From left, Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Brandon Perea star in Jordan Peele’s “Nope,” now in theaters.

Of the different types of movies, the one that’s going to get the most people into the theater is some sort of spectacle. Think of the most popular and technologically influential movies of all time — “King Kong,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” to name a few — and they’re all about showing audiences something amazing that works best on the big screen.

The undeniable king of the spectacle for decades was Steven Spielberg with “Jaws,” “Close Encounters,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “E.T.” setting up the 1970s and ’80s as the perfect summer blockbusters full of wonder and adventure … as well as a little bit of horror.

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