Film Language Tag: leitmotif (sound)
Term derived from nineteenth-century opera and applied to film music; when a musical theme (usually short) is developed (varied, reorchestrated) within a film, the theme acquires some of the properties of a word or symbol, with independent meaning or associations that can be called up when the theme is repeated. The signification of a leitmotif is specific to a particular film (or set of films) and is opposed in that sense to the musical topic, whose signification is more general. Leitmotifs are often also musical topics.
Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) confronts Red (Lupita Nyong'o) who has captured her son, Jason Wilson (Evan Alex). As Adelaide creeps up behind Red, weapon in hand, Red begins a monologue about her life as a tethered. The monologue is overlayed with images of Adelaide and Red as young girls. The twist that Adelaide was originally a tethered is revealed.
Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o), Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke), Jason Wilson (Evan Alex), and Zora Wilson (Shahadi Wright Joseph) begin to sing along to the car radio playing "I got 5 on it". The mother tells her son to "get in rhythm", but she proceeds to snap her fingers off beat.
As Anthony's (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) girlfriend Bri (Teyonah Parris) attempts to fight the Candyman, she realizes the two are linked. If the Candyman is harmed, so is Chris. She cradles his body on the floor. When the police arrive at the scene, they ask no questions and shoot Anthony dead while arresting his girlfriend. Trapped in the police car, the girlfriend summons the Candyman so that she can escape and be freed.