Movies have a theme or meaning they are trying to convey, or are based on. Action flicks are mostly about the sequence of wild events, but every once in a while one with a deeper message surfaces from the crowd. In the film circle, deeper meanings are often referred to as “sub-text”, which is the meaning behind the words or actions.
There are some movies that include hidden meanings that you may never catch if the clues aren’t a part of your own cultural beliefs or knowledge-base. There are also movie makers who intentionally bury symbolism and hidden meanings for their own enjoyment or to speak to a select group of viewers. Here are 12 films with hidden meaning and messages.
12. Coraline | Films That Are Much Deeper Than You Thought
Coraline was a little dark, especially the bold and sinister graphics that depict the little girl who moves to a remote home with her parents only to escape into her own world of fantasy. Her world of fantasy is metaphorical for child abduction and mind control programming, according to many film theorists who cite the article Origins and Techniques of Monarch Mind Control, as the model.
11. Truman Show
The Truman Show is an adventure into human nature, which shows how typical the voyeur characteristic is in the average human being. Watching someone else in a variety of situations is addicting for many reasons. The Truman Show shows us what humanity may become by living through others vs. living life.
This is the kind of movie that you have to watch a second time to be sure. Most online film buffs feel the real and deepest question the movie begs to answer is, “Why was I created?”.
9. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
This cleverly produced movie was a one-of-a-kind blend of animation and actors, when it premiered in 1988. The story was really an allegory about the finale of the public transportation trolley lines in the 1930s. Evidently, National City Lines, Inc. was a front company for General Motors, circa 1922.
The sub-text or “story-behind-the-story” is about Jesus Christ and how he was murdered to “protect the innocents” and later resurrected and heralded as “the savior”. Toward the end, RoboCop is seen walking across water, almost as though he is walking on top of it.
Writer/director James Cameron is always full of surprises and the Aliens franchise was one of his best. Aliens is a science-fiction film with an overlay of horror, as many parts in the story appear to be shades of our possible future. The movie was really about motherhood and all of its emotional and physical facets.
6. Pulp Fiction
Although Quentin Tarantino is always full of surprises, it is no surprise that his movies contain deeper meanings. Pulp Fiction was one of the first in a series of films that had messages conveyed in bizarre ways. One of the most loving of the film’s deeper meanings is that all people have good within them and all people live normal lives, doing normal things and having normal conversations.
5. Jurassic Park
There was quite a bit of noticeable symbolism in the Jurassic Park movie, but have you ever stopped to wonder how much you may have missed? It is more than a story about humans being attacked by prehistoric beasts. It is about genetic engineering and becoming so obsessed with science that the importance of life and lives is diminished until danger becomes imminent.
4. Wizard of Oz
The movie is actually laced with deeper meanings and theorists have come up with more than ten over the years. One of the most common cites the myriad of religious undertones that are included throughout the movie. The wizard behind the curtain symbolizes a supreme being. Another common interpretation is about self-doubt and gaining the inner confidence and strength to get to where you want in life.
3. Lord of the Rings
The adventures in the Lord of the Rings are actually so satisfying that a deeper meaning easily escapes us. Over 20 years ago, a recording was discovered that was made by J.R.R. Tolkien himself, “That seems more like an allegory of the human race. I’ve always been impressed that we’re here surviving because of the indomitable courage of quite small people against impossible odds.”
2. Man of Steel
This film is about a planet that is not attentive to the signs of extinction (Krypton) and a warning to those on our planet. Clark Kent is caught between acting on his blood father’s vision and his adoptive father’s determination to keep his powers a secret. The deeper message also predicts how earthlings might deal with aliens from other planets.
1. Groundhog Day
The depth of this story is in Phil’s (weatherman) desperate attempts to find a purpose out of life after all of his other failed attempts at creating change. There are definite connections to metaphysics, with a wonderful and strong reference to the fact that life is “what you make it”.