Almost everybody loves watching movies, whether it is at the cinemas or just at home with their Netflix. We all see the cast doing a great job, the screenplay was wonderful, the direction was good, the special effects were simply amazing, the set was incredible, we notice almost everything, except for one thing, and those are the symbolism each film represent. Symbolism is usually hidden, thanks to the amazing writers, the viewers get amazed when they actually find out there are hidden symbols in the films that they watch, they could see it but not exactly get into it.
Symbolism lies beneath the story, it’s very subtle. It doesn’t normally affect the film itself or the story for the matter, but filmmakers and screenplay writers still do it. Sometimes it serves as their basis or source material.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY – Christianity
This very first one is not just your ordinary fantasy film. Peter Jackson, did an exceptional job in this trilogy, that is actually based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels of the same name. They even won multiple Academy Awards for these films. A few people may have had noticed it, but most people still seem surprised when they find out about this. It turns out, that The Lord Of The Rings, is about Christianity.
Yes, you read it correctly, let’s break it down, shall we? Gandalf and Saruman are basically Jesus and Satan in the world, which is the Middle Earth. Gandalf being Jesus actually made sense since on the first film, he was Gandalf the Grey, then he was reborn because he made such a huge heroic sacrifice for the brethren. That is exactly almost the same as Jesus dying because he sacrificed himself for the people and was resurrected. However, it gets deeper with the layout of Middle Earth.
There was a moment in the film where they were waiting for the King to return, and he indeed returns, just like Jesus. It sounds very vague but when Tolkien actually used the ghosts who helped the King to return, it then symbolizes the Christians. The Middle Earth also centers with battles against good and evil, the citizens of Middle Earth, which all belong to different races, basically joined forces just like what people do.
“Myth and fairy-story must, as all art, reflect and contain in solution elements of moral and religious truth (or error), but not explicit, not in the known form of the primary ‘real’ world.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
SPIDER-MAN TRILOGY – Teenage Struggles
This film has got to be one of the most successful superhero trilogies in film history, even if you’re just watching a teenage boy swinging around, dressed in blue and red tights, and save damsels in distress. One of the reasons why Spider-Man films were so loved is the fact that anyone can relate to them. It basically symbolizes a teenager’s struggles’ to adulthood.
Anyone has gone through Peter Parker’s problems but of course, they exaggerated it a bit. His transformation from being a loner to a cool superhero symbolizes the transformation of a person from being a teenager to being an adult. Also, when Aunt May was suspecting that Peter was hiding something from her, symbolizes that being a teenager, you can actually tell your guardians everything. He was embarrassed, scared, yet it is completely normal. He was basically unprepared from his responsibilities, and it symbolizes that every teenage is not prepared for adulthood, but that’s just how it’s supposed to be, and just like Spider-Man, it’ll turn out fine.
X-MEN SERIES – Gay Rights/Equality
Bryan Singer obviously did such an amazing job in the first couple of films in the X-Men franchise, these films were released when the world is still fighting over rights and equality. Which was basically what X-Men is all about, fighting for their rights and fighting for equality.
There are basically two types of mutants in the film, Magneto and the others, the ones who are fighting hard for equal rights between mutants and humans, because they’re tired of hiding and thinks they’re not supposed to hide, then there’s Professor X along with the X-Men, who are simply trying to blend in even if they knew they were different. It simply symbolizes how gay people have struggled so much just so they could be accepted and be treated as equal.
INCEPTION – Beauty of Filmmaking
This Christopher Nolan film is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time, but what actually it symbolizes is pretty fascinating. In the film, they basically need to work as a team, whereas each of them has talents and abilities, they have designated roles, and they’re following rules. They also follow a story with a certain goal, and that goal wouldn’t be reached if it wasn’t for the team, each person on the team is significant. Does that sound familiar? Well, obviously, this film symbolizes filmmaking itself. Still not following?
Let’s break it down, shall we? Dom Cobb, who is portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, put together a team that symbolizes a production team, he oversees everything going on and making sure everything is in order, making him the director. Then there’s Ellen Page’s character where she basically created the world in a dream, making her the screenwriter.
Tom Hardy’s character, on the other hand, is the actor, since he could portray other people. The producer is obviously the boss, and that makes him, Saito. Who’s basically the reason why they all agreed to be a part of this, he technically pays for everything. The other characters play a part as well, making it a film that symbolizes filmmaking even if that film doesn’t have anything about filmmaking in it.
If you life films as an art, then you must astonished at how well they actually hid these symbolism, even if it doesn’t really have anything to do with the films itself.
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