Okay. Let’s talk film.
I saw Looper a few weeks ago, and a few minutes into the film I was struck by a certain word they used: “blunderbuss”. It was unusual, but I remember the word distinctly out of a hazy childhood memory of reading the book “The Three Robbers”.
It meant, as I remember, a kind of large old-fashioned gun, a meaning which I assumed Rian Johnson had recycled specifically to mean the Loopers’ guns. Interesting touch, I thought.
Throughout the entire film however, I began making more connections to this children’s book: the bad men cloaked in black with large hats, the orphan child, the obsession with gold….
It’s not a similar plot (naturally), but stylistically I noticed homages made in the ways of costume, cinematic motifs, and mise-en-scène.
You go, Rian Johnson! I’m not sure if all these are simply coincidences, but I was really happy to find this little connection to a very fond memory of childhood books.