Complex Movies No One Gets:
Fans love to watch a movie that sticks with them and makes them think about it for a long time. But some movies have reached a point even beyond that. These movies are nearly impossible to understand and sometimes even multiple viewings don’t help. No one truly knows the real meaning behind these movies and the fans have their own explanations as to what happened. On the other hand, you don’t have to understand these movies to enjoy them.
#1: Eraserhead (1977)
Eraserhead is a brilliantly bizarre movie and it contains zero meaning to a random movie-watcher as the events depicted in this movie seem completely random and unexplainable. Everything about this movie is surreal and sometimes even disturbing. David Lynch has publicly refused to provide any explanation for the movie as he wants us to form our own opinion.
#2: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This movie is hailed as one of the greatest Science Fiction movies of all time even though only a handful of people truly understand it. The movie is shrouded with mystery and gets complex and trippy quickly. It makes you wonder if the stories are related to each other, and the last 20 minutes depict something entirely different. It is a classic Kubrick movie with several interpretations.
#3: Mulholland Drive (2001)
David Lynch is a master of madness and not even the movie veterans can interpret what is going on in this movie. Mulholland Drive only gets more complicated as it progresses, and it becomes surreal after the first act. Fans have struggled to make sense of this movie’s story for years but to no avail. The only explanation is that there is no explanation.
#4: American Psycho (2000)
The most popular theory about the ending of American Psycho is that all the killings only took place inside Patrick’s head. It was all a part of his vivid imagination and he was not really an evil person. But as it turns out, the director Mary Harron never intended the movie’s ending to be ambiguous, meaning Patrick was a deranged Serial Killer after all.
#5: Donnie Darko (2001)
A movie featuring Time travel, Parallel universes and wormholes is bound to be baffling and that is exactly the case with Donnie Darko. The fans still wonder if Donnie was able to save the world or not. But no one truly understands the philosophical and scientific implications depicted in this movie. There have been countless debates on this movie but there is no concrete explanation as to what truly transpired.
#6: Birdman (2014)
This Oscar-winning movie gave us a lot to think about thanks to its bizarre ending. The movie ends on an ambiguous note, and there are a lot of explanations as to what happened. Some believe that the last scene is metaphoric, as Riggan finally leaves his alter ego, Birdman behind. Whereas some people think that Riggan jumped off the window and ended his life as he had already achieved everything he wanted to. No one truly knows what actually happened.
#7: Enemy (2013)
Enemy is a strange movie as it becomes more confusing once you invest more attention. It starts off as a simple movie but soon becomes more cryptic as it goes on. Some people believe that there is no doppelganger, but instead, the protagonist is suffering from an identity crisis. Some fans even question the chronology of events depicted in this movie and there is no consensus as to what actually happened.
#8: Primer (2004)
We don’t even know where to start with this movie as it has such a mind-bending plot that can confuse even the brightest. Fans could not understand this movie even after multiple viewings, as time-travel, body doubles, and alternate timelines make the movie very complex. The movie is so smart that no one can keep up with it.
#9: Tree of Life (2011)
At first glance, Tree of Life seems like a simple tale about the relationship between a father and son but it suddenly turns into something very deep. Some people believe it to be a movie about a man’s acceptance of God whereas some see it as a movie about humanity’s place in the universe. There are several other fan-theories as to what the movie is actually about, but no one truly knows.
#10: Cloud Atlas (2012)
It is bound to be confusing when you try to intertwine six different stories. The fans believe that the characters are connected to each other by birthmarks and even reincarnation. The non-linear structure of the story makes it even harder to understand. Actors portray multiple characters in this movie which does not help the audience one bit. A few fans even believe that the stories are not supposed to be linked.