We still have no idea what no is really just days away from its release, but we can at least tell you all about one of Jordan Peele’s film’s mysterious settings: a fictional theme park which has been moved to Ann actual Hollywood-next-door amusement park.
When Jupiter’s Claim opened on July 22 (the same day that no editions), Universal Studios Hollywood visitors will be able to travel through the idealized, carefree city of the Gold Rush as part of Universal’s studio tour, the nearly hour-long tram ride that weaves its way through a mix of camera-ready sets and theme park theatrics. Jupiter’s claim falls somewhere between the two: it was actually used at a shooting location no and then rebuilt at Universal and (if our pre-opening experience is any indication) will at least feature a sudden flurry of eerie noises and flashing lights as you make your way through.
Based on our many rewatches of No trailers, the layout of Jupiter’s Claim here looks almost identical to its use in the film, with the exception of one or two buildings missing – and without the backdrop of the Santa Clarita Mountain Valley where it was originally located (the scenery from Universal’s hilltop studio certainly doesn’t is sloppy though). Production designer Ruth DeJong’s transition from film to theme park on set was clearly planned early in the film’s production, and it really shows how fully realized the entire city feels. Its saloon-style facades replicate the kind of storefronts you’d expect to see in a restored settlement: signs advertise ice cream, candy, leather goods and a convenience store (none of which are real stores, to be clear), as well as civic staples such as fire station, station and bank.
For our visit, we ventured across on foot, so we can’t speak to what it’s like to experience it with a view from the tram vantage point. Additionally, Jupiter’s Claim was thrown into a party filled with carnival games and lots of lovelorn actors (both absent from the tram version) who rewarded us with “Jupe Jangles” that we could exchange for no merchandise – and frankly, we’d pay unreasonable amounts of money to recreate the experience. Hopefully Universal will decide to put something like this on in the future for audiences. Otherwise, it seems the only option guests will have to experience Jupiter’s claims at a more leisurely pace is a premium VIP studio tour, which includes some walking tours through the backyard.
As we initially explored the fake frontier town, we kept wondering when this element of Jordan Peele’s subversive work would become known: Was this all a cover for commentary on the displacement of native populations during the Gold Rush? The mistreatment of Chinese miners? Alien Invasion as Allegory? Ultimately though, the set is just a set piece until we find out what’s going to happen in the Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer-led film; it’s a colorful, over-the-top Western town full of illustrated, blinking facsimiles of Steven Yeun’s character, theme park owner Ricky “Jupe” Park.
This is very likely no will add a lot of context to Jupiter’s statement. But we visited when all we still know about the secret movie is that it involves a ranch run by a brother and sister, people who are sucked into the sky, and possibly aliens. When Jupiter’s claim opened to the public, no will be released, so we won’t waste too much time dissecting together what clues the movie set might have (whether the mention of “we wish you well” hints at some ominous significance to the town’s well, or what to do with the crashed motorcycle, torn a pig pen, a collapsed rodeo arena, or a truck with a horse statue crushed into its roof). We will, however, at least give a shout out to the eerie, faceless puppets that are scattered around the Star Lasso Experience – something we certainly hope the film can explain to ease (or escalate) our nightmares.
The Jupiter’s Claim set from ‘Nope’ has been rebuilt at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here’s what it’s like. Source link The Jupiter’s Claim set from ‘Nope’ has been rebuilt at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here’s what it’s like.