7 Mind-Blowing Movie Theories You Probably Hadn't Thought About

martes, 18 de abril de 2017 8:03

|Diego Cera

How often do you get a feeling of utter confusion and disbelief while watching a film?

If something characterizes human beings is their curiosity. We all feel the itch to find an explanation for everything that exists or takes place around us. It is because of this instinct that we have been able to reach the most unthinkable of places. For example, we have Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, or Sputnik 1, the first probe sent to space.

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This capacity is not limited to scientific breakthroughs. People also try to find deeper and alternative meanings to the everyday life or make sense of the different stories they hear. One clear example is what happened during 2012, when people claimed the Mayan calendar indicated the end of the world on December 21. The same happens with movies; there are and will always be many people who commit themselves to finding hidden meanings in movies they have just watched.

Forrest Gump (1994) by Robert Zemeckis

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This movie does not tell the story of a single individual. The main character represents all white American men, so all relationships he gets involved in are of great significance. Ironically, Forrest is named after a KKK member, although he couldn't be more different. He helps out a number of African-Americans on his way to a quiet life in the south.  In a very subtle way, the film enforces the idea that everything that is fair and good was produced by the bare hands of the average American. Therefore, some people either see Forrest as an example of determination and hard work or as a white man who gets far more credit than he truly deserves.

Braveheart (1995) by Mel Gibson

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Whenever you want to make an epic movie about a hero, the best thing to do is to focus on his feats, not on the woeful events that took place in his life. This is exactly what Mel Gibson did with this movie. Braveheart renders a story that turns away from traditional epic narratives. The clan that attains victory is the defeated one.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) by Stanley Kubrick

Some elements from this movie suggest that Kubric sought to represent the "Superman" (Übermensch) theory developed by Friedrich Nietzsche. For the German philosopher, the evolution of man is bound to go through three stages: primitive man, modern man, and finally, the Übersmench, being the modern man, who is a bridge between the first and last one. In the movie, every stage in mankind's biological and intellectual evolution is signaled by the appearance of a monolith.

Interstellar (2014) by Christopher Nolan

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When the movie hit theaters, it created confusion and left many unanswered questions. Spoiler alert: The ending could either be the happy reunion we saw or the protagonist's death dream. It would be more logical to think that after Cooper ejects out of his craft, he floats off into space and dies. His fifth dimension experience inside the black hole and his reunion with his daughter may well have been images flashing before his eyes as he was dying. His soul could also have traveled to a fifth dimension somehow after he died, and sent a message to his daughter as a result of his survival instinct and his awareness of the unresolved conflict. Anyway, Nolan has never confirmed anything about these possible outcomes, so the ending of the movie is left up to the audience's interpretation.

Die Hard (1988) by John McTiernan

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Some movies are still perplexing for the way they accurately predict the future. This movie is a faithful portrayal of current economic conditions in the United States. If you haven't seen the movie yet, you'll be surprised by the way an eighties film resembles so much the contemporary context.

Memento (2001) by Christopher Nolan

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It's possible that the amnesiac state of Leonard Shelby, Guy Pearce's character, is actually a permanent state of denial. The small tweaks that change the shots or the context of the movie reveal his incapacity to face his own memories. Leonard is consumed by guilt due to the tragic events that take place in his life, and as a coping mechanism, he twists the events so he can be the hero in the story.

Prometheus (2012) by Ridley Scott

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The title  reminds us of Mary Shelley's gothic novel Frankenstein. It is plausible that the humans and aliens appearing in this movie may have actually been the creation of scientists and engineers, who forced them to coexist in order to record their behavior. That's why the movie's outcome is determined by the two creatures.


The directors of these movies may or may not placed these hints and suggestions intentionally. But something I'm sure about is that these theories prove how a different perspective can change the entire meaning of a movie, even if the characters, settings, and dialogues are the same.


Taste of Cinema

Translated by Andrea Valle Gracia
Diego Cera

Diego Cera