Eagle-eyed fans were delighted to spot a subtle reference to a Vietnamese word in Jordan Peele‘s latest psychological thriller “Us.”
Much like his phenomenal directorial debut “Get Out,” “Us” is chock-full of pop culture references and easter eggs.
Throughout the film’s two-hour runtime, nods to movies such as “The Shining,” “Jaws” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” among others, are not difficult to notice.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker also makes use of visual symbols and metaphors to convey the film’s themes in subtle ways.
One of the most noticeable recurring motifs found in the movie, alongside scissors and jumpsuits, is the use of rabbit imagery.
In the film, rabbits are everywhere, being strongly associated with the creatures called the Tethered (demonic versions of the lead cast).
Kept in cages underground by the Tethered, rabbits are apparently what they prefer to eat.
The story progresses with Lupita Nyong’o’s character, Adelaide Wilson, going down a literal and metaphorical rabbit hole when she enters the tunnels in search for her son while learning more about the Tethered.
The idea of rabbits being lab animals are also implied in the treatment of the Tethered.
Adelaide’s daughter, Zora (played by the talented Shahadi Wright Joseph), is first seen in a T-shirt with a rabbit design, and then in her pajama sweatshirt is emblazoned with one word, “Thỏ” — which is the Vietnamese word for “rabbit.”
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Based on the comments, that hidden shout out to Vietnamese fans is enough to get them excited and watch the film.
Peele has been vocal about his fascination with rabbits in the past and his views about the animals kind of explains how he uses them in his thriller movies.
“I’m not afraid of them but I do find them scary,” he was quoted by BBC as saying.
“They’re very cuddly but they also have a sociopathic expression and they kind of look past you in a creepy kind of way. Not the biggest brains, rabbits.”