Cinema is much more complex than we think, even the most popular films have their share of subliminal messages that fans revel in detecting. If we look in particular at the costumes, there are many varied analyzes that allow us to better understand a character, in any case to go beyond our simple first reading. Here are some leads and if you have other analyzes to share with us, they will be welcome.
1. In Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Luke’s costume shows that he is suicidal
- 1 1. In Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Luke’s costume shows that he is suicidal
- 2 2. In Jurassic Park: the color code of the characters is full of biblical references
- 3 3. In Zootopia, Nick and Judy’s costumes reference the racist past of some Disney films
- 4 4. In Get Out, the costumes refer to the flag of the United States
- 5 5. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, several clues show us that Walter Donovan is THE big bad guy in the story.
- 6 6. In Kill Bill 1, Uma Thurman’s outfit references Bruce Lee
- 7 7. In Scream, Wes Craven makes an appearance dressed as Freddy Kruger
- 8 8. All of Black Panther’s costumes are infused with Afrofuturism.
- 9 9. Black Widow’s Necklace in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- 10 10. Rachel’s outfits in Friends evolve according to her professional development
As we know, Luke, after playing “I’ve got you, you’ve got me by the lightsaber” with Adam Sandler and realizing he’s trained a guy to kill everyone, is more of a “I don’t really like jedi anymore, it’s soooo years ago in a galaxy far, far away.” Yet when Rey surprises him on his Irish mountain, he’s wearing his jedi clothes. Then it changes into something that looks like an ugly 70s teacher’s jacket.
Why was he dressed as a Jedi, if he doesn’t want to hear about the Jedi anymore? Especially since when he decides to set fire to the sacred books that talk about the force and all the rest, he puts on his jedi costume… From there to think that he puts on the suit for ceremonies, there is no just one step away. But what was the ceremony he was doing when Rey landed? Ah, yes: probably his suicide. Since he came to his island to clam and moreover, at the end of the film, when he dies for real he wears the costume of a Jedi, we can reasonably think so.
2. In Jurassic Park: the color code of the characters is full of biblical references
Jurassic Park is much more than just a slightly wacky dinosaur story. Everything in this film offers a rewrite of the allegory of the Garden of Eden. Starting with the park whose intention is all the same to recreate a form of life eradicated from the planet. So we take ourselves a bit for God. Now John Hammond is an archetype of God in this film. Dressed in white, nice bearded, he totally corresponds to the criteria of representation of God in the common imagination. Facing him, Mike Hill (Jeff Goldblum) all dressed in leather and black, black curly hair, is the exact opposite of John Hammond, moreover his role is to validate (or not) John’s scientific project. Between them we find the man and the woman Adam and Eve (one in blue, the other in pink) who will have to survive in this park plunged into chaos, this same chaos that Mike Hill theorized to Dr Sattler in the famous water drop scene.
3. In Zootopia, Nick and Judy’s costumes reference the racist past of some Disney films
It’s not necessarily obvious if you don’t have a sharp mastery of The Melody of the South. Indeed, in this old Disney dating from 46 and known for its frankly racist character (Uncle Remus as a happy slave), two characters from the stories told by Uncle Remus the fox and the rabbit wear the same clothes as Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps. A way to make amends on this dubious past? Maybe yes.
4. In Get Out, the costumes refer to the flag of the United States
In this thriller with a particularly polished aesthetic, no detail has been left to chance. Starting with the outfits of the characters. The colors of the clothes of the couple of Chris and Rose at the beginning of the film recall the flag of the United States: she with her red striped t-shirt and he with his shirt in blue tones. It’s discreet but the reference is there. Similarly, when Chris is hypnotized by his stepmother he is in a gray outfit which no doubt symbolizes the blurry border between white and black, gold for a black character who is about to be hypnotized in order to become the mechanical slave of a white character, it’s quite well seen.
5. In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, several clues show us that Walter Donovan is THE big bad guy in the story.
Already if we are a little careful we can understand that the first and last scenes of the film work in mirror. More or less the same things happen, and all the symbolism rests on Indiana Jones’ ability to reconcile with her father by putting aside her greed. But apart from that we can see that the villain of the first scene which therefore refers to the past of Indiana Jones is dressed exactly the same as Walter Donovan at the end. But already in the first appearance of Walter, the latter wears a red flower on his jacket just like the villain of the beginning which can constitute a clue on the real intentions of the character (a guy who sold his ass to the Nazis, not nice) .
6. In Kill Bill 1, Uma Thurman’s outfit references Bruce Lee
Well OK it’s not really a hidden message but more a reference to the actor Bruce Lee in the film The Game of Death (the last film he starred in before dying of cerebral edema at age 33, sniff sniff). However, for those who have not noticed it, it is a detail of major importance in the analysis of Kill Bill and its many references to martial arts films.
7. In Scream, Wes Craven makes an appearance dressed as Freddy Kruger
The guy goes straight into self-quotation by using himself. We are a little in the meta-masturbation but after all why not it’s true that he laid us pretty happy little horror movies. This is how he plays a very small role in Scream, his character is even called Fred and he wears the same more-stylish-you-die striped sweater in Freddy’s Claws of the Night.
8. All of Black Panther’s costumes are infused with Afrofuturism.
Afrofuturism is a cultural and aesthetic movement that combines science fiction and African culture. gold the movie Black Panther clearly claims this movement by offering in particular in the costumes of each of the characters references to different tribes such as the Masais or the Ndebeles.
9. Black Widow’s Necklace in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
In this opus the widow carries around herself with a silver arrow pendant. A simple detail which is nevertheless very important because it refers to her attachment to Clinton Barton, also called Hawkeye with whom she had an affair. This arrow shows the link that unites them. It’s beautiful fucking love.
10. Rachel’s outfits in Friends evolve according to her professional development
It’s hard to find a more influential figure when it comes to the look of clothing. Rachel was an it-girl in spite of herself and the evolution of her outfits over the seasons, more and more sophisticated, highlights her social rise in fashion.