No: Have you seen this iconic anime reference in a Jordan Peele movie?

Jordan Peele’s third feature film, No, veers into the realm of science fiction and sometimes recalls the cinema of Spielberg or M. Night Shyamalan. But it also contains a big reference to a famous anime. has he seen

Warning – The article below contains spoilers as it goes back to the “No” result. So please go ahead if you haven’t seen it yet, better to keep the surprise intact.

Before Nope, after Jordan Peele’s new feature Get Out and Us, we sometimes think about Steven Spielberg’s science fiction films (War of the Worlds, ET, Encounters of the Third Kind). Or how M. Night Shyamalan pulls off suspense by playing off-screen and offering. But who would have expected to see a reference to the iconic anime in the story of a flying saucer that threatens a small farm in the United States?

However, the American director and screenwriter offers it, with a shot that immediately recalls one of Akira’s most famous: Kaneda’s motorcycle slide. In Nope, we owe Emerald (Keke Palmer) the end of the movie when she tries to lure a ship to Ricky’s amusement park, which turns out to be an alien creature. To trap him with a giant inflatable cowboy while taking his picture.

As the tweet above shows, it’s hard not to see the tribute with this striking shot in one of the trailers. And that Jordan Peele fully suggests: “Anime in general has been a big influence”explains this fan of the genre CinemaBlend. “But the choice to pay such an obvious tribute to him was a difficult one, because you can never do that.”

“But it felt really good. It’s a moment that animation has honored many times before, but I’ve never seen it like this. I was thinking about the idea of ​​the black woman on the white motorcycle who destroyed the police line earlier. I was doing Akira’s slide, I was like, ‘You know what Jordan? go!”” Was there a way for the director to make up for the disappointment of the piece?

Akira is one of my favorite movies

Because Jordan Peele was one of the directors approached for the live action adaptation of Akira. A veritable Hollywood sea serpent entrusted with Taika Waititi’s latest story, but one that may conflict with the director’s desire to direct Asian actors rather than American stars. At the same time, the author of Get Out and Us preferred to refuse the proposal.

“I think if history is right”he told her in 2017. “Akira is one of my favorite movies, and I think the story requires the biggest budget you can dream of. But the real question for me is: Do I want pre-existing material or original content? In the end, today, I want to do original things.”

Including this Nope, which proves his talent when it comes to social commentary and associating gender elements. Even if it means giving Akira a huge kick in the middle.

Source: allocine