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Jordan Peele Nope came out on July 22, and there’s one scene that I still can’t get out of my head.

The film follows the story of a brother and sister who run a horse farm outside of Los Angeles that also has extraterrestrial life hovering above in the sky. With this strange combination, it was hard to know what to expect.

In his third film, Peele gave audiences his craziest take on reality yet.

Not just horror and not just psychological thriller, Nope really has it all. With killer performances from actors Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, Peele creates scenes to make his audience laugh, scream in frustration and, most importantly, leave the theater asking “What exactly did I just watch?”

While the movie as a whole leaves a lot of room for interpretation, viewers – myself included – are most likely asking questions about a very specific scene. For people who have seen it, you understand. For everyone else, leave now and head to the theaters where Nope play again before continuing to play. This is officially a spoiler alert.


Now let’s move on to the scene in question. Throughout the film, Peele tells the story of a young chimpanzee named Gordy who goes on a rampage on the set of a sitcom some time in the past, brutally murdering some of its actors and leaving others seriously injured. . All but one of the actors come out unscathed.

Ricky Park (Steven Yeun), is a cast member of the sitcom, as many have probably noticed. Miraculously, however, he escapes the entire disaster unscathed.

Why is Ricky getting away with it? Why is it necessary to add this scene in the middle of the ranch scenario?

These are just a few of the many questions many people have been asking since Nope hits theaters in July, and I hope this column provides one of many possible answers to these questions.

For me, the answer lies in the floating shoe in the middle of the room. For more context, as the chimpanzee begins his rage, a shoe somehow flies through the air and lands on his toe, hanging upright as if suspended by an invisible thread. There’s obviously a one-in-a-million chance it’ll land that way, and the move is catching the public’s eye amid all the chaos surrounding it.

But this strange shoe phenomenon is the reason Ricky survives the chimpanzee’s attack. The rest of the cast focus on the murderous chimp running around, and they make the mistake of looking the chimp in the eye, which ultimately causes him to attack them.

All the while, Ricky never pays attention to the chimp because he’s so focused on the shoe. Ricky poses no threat and therefore the chimpanzee never pursues him.

Some might say it was Ricky’s hiding place under the dining table that saved him from attack, but that wouldn’t explain why the chimp doesn’t attack Ricky once he finds him. It all comes down to Ricky’s hyperfixation on this shoe which ends up being his saving grace.

A common idea that runs throughout the film is not to look the monster in the eye. It’s what allows OJ (Kaluuya) and Emerald (Palmer) to defeat the alien at the end of the movie, and it’s what keeps Ricky from being brutalized by the chimp.

If you are able to turn your gaze away from the evidence and the spectacle, then you will be saved. A murderous chimp and an alien in the sky may seem impossible to look away from, but the people who do are the ones who are alive to tell.

But why is all this necessary in the grand scheme of the film? In addition to providing backstory to the characters on the farm and adding to the themes of the film, it also tells the story of someone tragically wrong.

Ricky may have survived the chimpanzee attack because of the shoe show, but he gets the wrong idea about it all. Ricky seems to believe he is the only one capable of taming Gordy. When Gordy comes in for a punch after the attacks, Ricky feels a sense of superiority.

All of this appears later in Ricky’s life. Flashing to the present day, Ricky thinks he may be the one to tame the alien. He directs the daily shows for visitors who come to the farm, creating a show out of the alien’s presence and his own taming power. He believes he may be the only one to domesticate an alien.

His idea goes completely wrong, however, as the alien ends up consuming Ricky and the entire audience during one of his shows. Ricky’s fatal mistake is that he looks the monster in the eye. What he didn’t do when he was young, he does as an adult, which ultimately led to his death.

The whole story of Nope is a story of caution. It is a worldwide warning not to get caught up in the spectacles of life. If you are drawn in, you can easily be blindsided and end up paying the ultimate price.

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