What’s thought-provoking for one person might not be all that thought-provoking for another. I’m not saying I’m smarter than you, but I’m obviously a pretty big deal. Sometimes a movie plays with a very simple idea but makes it much more complex, or going the other way, many movies take complex issues and attempt to make them more manageable for the masses, breaking them down into bite-sized pieces so that everyone can enjoy them. So which way is better? For me, the most thought-provoking films are the ones that make you think about the issue at hand in a new way, one you’ve never even considered. The best movies will show many sides to one issue, no matter how simple they may at first seem. These films force you to look at all sides, no matter how uncomfortable one side is to face; they make you consider how you would deal with the situation at hand, ponder why or how that issue comes about. I think there also has to be real potential for this issue to actually exist, otherwise, why bother?
For many of the movies on this list, it all starts with a really interesting, even far-fetched premise or context. Yet, rather than simply highlight how cool this idea is, the filmmakers use it only to develop an issue that would possibly stem from this premise. This combination causes the audience to think about the existence of this fictional world and then think about the different issues that would grow from within it. It’s a beautiful relationship that the best science fiction stories have benefitted from since the origin of the genre. Showcasing a world that seems wonderful on the surface but one that would be infested with the same or similar issues that we face on our world or in our time. It’s not enough to envision a new world. You need to populate that world with complex issues or it isn’t real. If it isn’t messed up, we won’t recognize it as real life.
14 The Prestige
11 A.I: Artificial Intelligence
10 Children of Men
8 Under the Skin
6 The Road
3 Mulholland Drive
2 Ex Machina
1 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is, in my most humble opinion, one of the best movies ever made. I think it deals with the issue of love, loss and memory better than anyone or anything else. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are simply brilliant, and the film forces you to confront your own life and past, whether you want to or not. It puts relationships under the microscope, looking at what they do to two people, how we change when we’re in them, and how two people can become one thing over time. The film looks at the imagined process of stripping back the influences of one person from another, but it also looks at how complicated that process is and what it leaves behind.
Sources: Wikipedia; Rotten Tomatoes; IMDB
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