There’s not much that more frustrating than going to the movies, hoping to be entertained and/or amused, enlightened, etc, and walking out two-plus hours later without one single clue what you just watched.
It feels like a waste of money and time, and not only that, it can force us to wonder whether we’re just not smart enough to figure it out.
If it makes you feel any better, at least in the case of these 11 movies, you’re not alone if you’re still totally baffled what it was about.
11. 8 1/2
This film about filmmaking wanders through reality, imagination, and dreams, and you’ll really have to try hard to keep up.
10. Synecdoche, New York
I don’t think this movie is meant to be for everyone, but also…it might not be quite as smart as it wants to be.
This dark film with an insistence on self-reflection isn’t obvious at first glance…and maybe not at the second or third, either.
David Lynch’s first film put him on the map, but looking back, the best was definitely yet to come.
7. The Mirror
If you’re interested in Soviet politics you might want to attempt to parse this one – it’s all about memories that are real, and some that have been re-made over time.
You’ll do better with this one if you sit back and enjoy it, and don’t expect the science to make sense.
5. 2001: Space Odyssey
This might have been too gargantuan an effort, even for the talented Kubrick.
4. Upstream Color
This surrealist venture isn’t what it first appears, but if you have the patience to unravel it during more than one viewing, you might “get” it eventually.
If you’re totally into solving puzzles, you can give this twisted science brain teaser a shot.
2. The Tree of Life
Some people say this film changed their life, but I don’t know…it might be a bit too ambitious for its own good.
Time travel movies were made to break your brain, but honestly, this one works even more poorly than most.
I hate that there are so many examples of movies that confuse folks, you know? Do better, Hollywood!
What’s a movie that totally confused you, despite your best efforts to understand it? Rant about it with us in the comments!