We all misunderstand elements in film. Often, the better a movie is the more complex it is, and the more complex it is the more room there is for interpretive error. Following along? Let's look at characters in film in particular. It's not your fault you've misunderstood some characters in films. We all do it constantly. We've been programmed to allow filmmakers complete control over the way we interpret things. From the actions we see, the thoughts and motivations we're given, hell, even the music that is played for a character, all of these things influence the way we interpret characters. If you're struggling with this, just think about all the "good guys" you've watched who were bank robbers, outlaws or prison inmates. What separates them from the bank robbers, outlaws and prison inmates who were "bad guys"? Not a whole lot usually. Only the lens you're using to look at them.
So we can reason that some of the best characters in film are also some of the most complex. That's a concept that we all can probably get behind. Complex characters are very rarely black and white. They are difficult to understand, and, because of that, people misunderstand them by placing them in one box or another. So let's try to mix it up. Let's change the lens or adjust the focus or whatever other clichéd term you want to use. Here are 15 movie characters that everyone misunderstands and why.
15 Sid – Toy Story
14 Loki – Thor
13 Khan – Star Trek Into Darkness
12 V – V for Vendetta
11 Frankenstein and his Monster – Frankenstein Films
10 Erik - Phantom of the Opera
9 General Zod – Superman/Man of Steel
8 Leonard – Memento
7 Elijah Price – Unbreakable
6 Guy Montag/The Captain – Fahrenheit 451
5 Xenomorph Queen – Aliens
4 Tom and Summer - 500 Days of Summer
3 Jenny – Forest Gump
2 The Driver – Drive
1 Samwise Gamgee – The Lord of the Rings
You'd be forgiven for assuming Frodo is the main character of The Lord of the Rings and that Sam is his lap dog, but that just isn't the case. While every character is relatable in their own way, it's Samwise who is our eyes and ears, the everyman. Bilbo was legendary in Hobbiton, whether he was liked or not, he was famous. Frodo, as his nephew, is as well. When Frodo gets sent on his journey, he's a fish out of water, but he's not the character who truly represents us; that's Sam. The average Hobbit with a normal job, a gardener. It's interesting to note that Frodo had the fate of the world driving him forward as he went straight into Mordor, the epicenter of Evil, while Samwise had only the fate of his friend. While you can’t fault Frodo for giving in to the power of the ring in the end, it still is incredible that Sam walked beside the ring for much longer than anyone else, save Frodo. He even wore the ring, killed Shelob with a wrath that had never been seen, saved Frodo from the Tower of Cirith Ungol, then freely and easily gave the ring back to Frodo. He benefitted from the power of the ring, saw his own potential with it and still withstood its magnetic pull. Then, after the story had finished, who do end with? Good ol' Sam, returning home from his journey like the rest of us.
Sources: FilmInquiry; Reddit; WeGotThisCovered
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