There are more movies than people on Earth, don’t try to count, just assume I’m right and you’ll be fine. So there are plenty of films and obviously since it’s an art form everyone goes there with their little interpretation and their personal feelings about each of them. That’s why sometimes you hear someone say “ah but that movie how shit was” when it’s your favorite movie. Alongside all this there are films that the vast majority of people have seen without understanding their true meaning.
1. The end of “Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind”
If the whole story of the film shows us the character of Joel struggling with the erasure of the memories of his ex Clementine, the end of this one shows us simply answering “okay” when she tells him that their relationship could once be over. more fail if they get back together. While most people wondered if it was going to work or screw up, the real thing that a lot of people missed was that Joel realized that happy memories were worth more than others and that trying to recreate new ones. good memories even if it ends badly is reason enough for him.
2. “Shining” and alcoholism
If we watch the film or read the book “Shining” we realize in subtext that the subject is not really that of a haunted hotel, but that of a father who sinks into alcoholism and madness. . Most of the ghosts that intercede with him represent a connection to alcohol and the lack of it, moreover things go awry for Jack Torrance the moment he visits the bar and takes his first drink of alcohol. Stephen King had himself said that he had written the novel while he was battling his addiction and the whole story represents the terror of a child facing his alcoholic and violent father.
3. The glorification of violence in “Born Killers”
When it was released, the film “Born Killers” was heavily criticized and even censored and banned from broadcasting. Frontally shocking, the film is actually a huge critique of the media’s glorification of violence and serial killers. But the opposite effect happened: the public glorified the two protagonists of the film and some newspapers even supported that it had inspired real killers thereafter. Like what it’s dangerous not to understand sometimes.
4. “Fight club” and hyper masculinity
The fact that real “fight clubs” began to spring up after the film’s release is proof that many people have not grasped its true meaning. Tyler Durden represents unhealthy hyper-masculinity: he carries the hero into a spiral of violence and anarchism that gradually turns into terrorism. It’s obviously a critique of violence and the cult of masculinity and what it can create, but obviously it was easier to find the character cool than seeing him as a psychopath for some people.
5. The freedom of fish in “Finding Nemo”
Want a sad story? Take the one from the movie “Finding Nemo”. Not the script, but the fact that people didn’t understand it at all. We see young Nemo being taken away from his father to find himself in a human’s aquarium and the whole story shows us the adventure of the father to find his son. The problem is that after the release of the film the sales of clownfish simply exploded, which caused overfishing of the species and a threat of extinction. Even sadder when you know that there is a case of plagiarism behind the film.
6. The true meaning of “Mother!”
Mother! is the kind of film open to everyone’s interpretation which has sometimes shocked and scandalized certain spectators who saw in it gratuitous violence. Director Darren Aronofsky, however, said that the character of Jennifer Lawrence symbolizes the Earth and the people who come to her house humans, which shows a very poor image of us, but at the same time quite realistic. Suddenly the character’s violence and impotence immediately become more justified and that’s why the film has so many stressful scenes.
7. The version of the story in “300”
Seen as an action film based on a historical battle, 300 is good entertainment, but it’s the very last scene of the film that gives the story a different meaning. We realize that the only survivor of the battle who lost an eye there tells the heroic story of King Leonidas to a whole army which is about to go and fight against the Persians. And therein lies the subtlety of the film: everything we have just seen has been embellished, glorified, tinged with heroism and made epic for the simple and good reason that this story is told to motivate soldiers who are also about to die in battle.
8. The last scene of “Taxi Driver”
In the last sequence of Taxi Driver the character of Travis can be seen looking in the rear view mirror of his car and this scene has often been interpreted as a figment of the character’s imagination or a dream. And it rather annoyed the screenwriter of the film Paul Schrader who replied simply by saying that no, the character had not solved his problems and that you could clearly see in his look that he was on the verge of freaking out. again, which changes quite a bit the vision of the film.
9. “To Hell” and Power Problems
If we look at Sam Raimi’s film as a simple basic horror film about a woman who receives a curse then we are probably missing one of the meaning of the film (an interesting interpretation anyway). For some people it represents a view of the main character’s bulimia and eating problems. When she was a child Christine was overweight, the demons that torment her make her swallow stuff by force, as soon as she eats something the food turns into a horrible thing, she lies about the fact that she nibbles between the meals and no one seems to see or understand what is happening to him. Seen like that, it’s no longer the same film.
10. The spinning top in “Inception”
At the end of the film Inception everyone wondered if the spinning top was going to stop and if Cobb was in the real world or if it was going to keep spinning and therefore he was still in a dream. The thing is, it’s not important at all, Nolan himself said that the fact that Cobb turns his back on the top means that he doesn’t care, he ends up with his children and that’s it. is all that matters to him, whether he’s still dreaming or whether it’s real, and that was the thing to capture in the end.