No, what was the deal with the shoe?

No, what was the deal with the shoe? ...

Jordan Peele's latest film, Nope, features many strange and uninexplicable things. Many of them revolve around the alien being at the core of the plot, but the ones that involve a chimp named Gordy are more frightening.

OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and his sister Emerald (Keke Palmer) have noticed a strange UFO disappearing from the clouds over their ranch. It's owned by Ricky Jupe Park (Steven Yeun) and runs next door to Jupiters Claim, a tourist trap Western theme park run by OJ and his sister. He tells the brothers and sisters a story from his childhood on a sitcom called Gordy's Home.

The Gordy flashbacks are undoubtedly more terrifying than any other scenario involving flying saucers and alien beings.

Young Ricky hides under a table, unseen by Gordy as he smashes apart the cast. Ricky is frozen in fear as the blood flows and the carnage unfolds around him. Instead, Gordy approaches and offers a bloody hand to him, asking for a fist bump. It's a heartbreaking scene, to see an animal so disturbed and scared, but filled with compassion for this child.

What is the significance of a shoe standing on its own during a violent, murderous rampage? It's a bad miracle, right? OJ's father is killed by a coin falling from the sky, which is considered a terrible feat. The fact that the coin came from an alien being who had sucked up humans to eat then spit out their belongings from the sky is also a terrible miracle.

Peele never answers these questions, leaving it up to us to figure out. Does the shoe represent bad miracles or the idea that sometimes bad things happen to us, and we can't always explain them or explain them correctly? Sometimes animals attack out of nowhere, and sometimes aliens that look like flying saucers try to eat you. That's the cruel randomness of life. There's nothing you can do about it. Or does it suggest something more?