It's not an insult to say that most movies are what they appear they are. The vast majority of the time, audiences use movies as an escape from the rigors of everyday life. We don't always want to have to completely dissect a movie to fully understand it. There are, however, films that appear to be one thing on the surface, but, somewhere down below, they actually mean something altogether different. These deeper meanings are not always "correct", if there is even such a thing, but they are interpretations that have enough supporting evidence that they seem plausible. Deeper meanings give new life to a film. Such allegory allows viewers the chance to go back and watch the film again under a new lens. Maybe it will give you a new appreciation for some of the films on the list.
In some of the films on this list, the surface meanings made them somewhat unsatisfactory. Some of them are just without allegory, but we've found it anyway. These multiple interpretations don't need to compete with each other. They are just new angles that you can explore the next time you watch these films. Every one of these movies were popular in their day. Their surface meanings were enough to make them box-office successes. Yet, the alternate meanings might show that the films are much more important than we first thought. Perhaps these interpretations explain something that didn’t make sense, give meaning to something that seemed, at first, meaningless or even make a silly concept into a potent one.
Whatever they do for you, they exist. We should mention here that there are spoilers, like a lot of them, so skip over a movie if you still plan on watching it for the first time. Here are 15 movies with a much deeper meaning than you thought.
15 A Bug's Life – Class Struggle
14 Coraline – Child Abduction
13 Spider-Man - Puberty
12 I Am Legend – I Am Villain
11 Funny Games – Critique Of Movie Violence
10 Alien – Assault
9 The Land Before Time – Finding Heaven
8 The Babadook – The Shadow
7 Wizard of Oz – American Economics
6 The Grey – Grappling With Death
5 Drag Me to Hell – Eating Disorder
4 E.T. the Extra Terrestrial - Jesus
3 Ferris Bueller's Day Off – Selflessness
2 There Will Be Blood – Evolution Of Humankind
1 Signs – Demons
It's very possible that M. Night Shyamalan's Signs has been misleading viewers all along. The general reading is that aliens have invaded Earth and are eventually eliminated by water. But that's a little silly, isn't that? Why come to a planet covered in something that kills you so easily? Well, what if the aliens were not aliens at all? That's just how we interpreted them. What if they were actually demons? Go back and listen to how each person describes what they saw. Everyone sees them as something they personally fear: the bookstore clerk (TV hoax), policeman (pranksters), army recruiter (invading military), kids (UFOs) and the Priest (a test of faith). The title Signs isn’t referring the red herring of the crop circles but the religious signs throughout. Bo (Abigail Breslin), the little girl who puts water throughout the house, is described as "an angel" by the people who have seen here. What if she's making that water "holy" by touching it or drinking a little of it? Then, at the end, we hear that, in three small cities in the Middle East, the center of the religious world, a method to kill the monsters has been found. It all adds up.
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB
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