Nothing beats the thrill of watching a brilliant movie for the first time. But you can come close to recapturing that magic if you’re willing to watch that familiar film from a different perspective.
Many movies leave unanswered questions – and the occasional gaping plot hole – and it’s up to the audience to fill in the blanks. Often, the movie theories that fans come up with to explain a weak plot point or curious bit of character development are more imaginative than the filmmakers themselves claim to have intended. Nevertheless, these theories are based on hints – however subtle – that keen audiences have picked up on, viewing after viewing.
Check out these mind-blowing movie theories, and get ready to re-watch your favourite flicks with fresh eyes.
1. ‘James Bond’ is actually a code name
Fans of the James Bond film franchise may have noticed that even as the decades pass and the technology changes, Bond himself is forever young and ready for action. Some have attributed this to the production teams updating the character to keep him relevant, while others have a more cunning explanation. Have you ever considered that ‘James Bond’ is merely a code name for various 007 agents? This would certainly explain why the man never seems to age, and why he isn’t shy about introducing himself with the iconic “Bond … James Bond” in the presence of potential foes.
2. Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord
Jar Jar Binks is probably the most hated character of the Star Wars prequels, and this theory gives us a reason to hate him even more.
Some have suggested the gullible, dim-witted and clumsy character is in fact an evil Sith Lord, pulling the strings in the background to help Senator Palpatine become emperor.
Where’s the proof, you ask? Well, his prowess on the battlefield and ability to escape Episode 1: The Phantom Menace unscathed is one piece of evidence. More insidiously, however, is the fact that in many scenes, Jar Jar appears to be mouthing the words other characters are saying and using subtle hand gestures – suggesting he may be using the Force to manipulate those around him. What’s more, Jar Jar is also the one who urges the senate to give Palpatine supreme power later on in the series.
Still not convinced? You might recall Yoda is portrayed as an old, naïve and somewhat silly character when he’s first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, but we quickly learn that despite appearances, he’s a wise and powerful Jedi knight …
3. The Hunger Games takes place in a parallel universe
Reddit user TheMartianManhunter developed a theory that argues that the popular book and film series takes place in an alternative universe where Britain won the American Revolutionary War of 1775-1783. According to this version of history, Britain defeated the Americans and struck fear into the hearts of the 13 colonies by destroying one – District 13. To continue demoralising the remaining colonies, the British developed the Hunger Games. They also established the Capitol and installed a ruthless governor (President Snow) to oversee the colonies.
What do you think?