OK, let’s finish with one that actually breaks the rules for this list. Here’s a movie that’s based on an idea that’s really more kid-friendly than how it objective up being interpreted. Though the source material is still pretty bizarre…
Ask anyone what Alice in Wonderland is truly about, and youre bound to get an answer about a girl who takes a journey down the rabbit hole, detecting herself in a surreal world where animals talk, she eats some mushrooms, gratifies a hyper white rabbit, and a stoned caterpillar smoking a lot of hookah.
There will probably be some winking and nudging involved. But in spite of the fact that Alice in Wonderland is often seen as a metaphor for rampant drug use and its consequent hallucinations, the trippy-dippy tale is actually the squarest tale ever .
Lewis Carroll was the pen name of a super conservative Anglican deacon and mathematics prof, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. When he wrote Alice in Wonderland in the 1860 s, 100 years before it became a symbol of counterculture, the revolutionary notions passing were about complex mathematics .
Yep, thats right: math .
And Carroll, being a mathematician, believed the new-fangled mathematics would result us all right to Hell!
You see, up until the mid-1 800 s, math was pretty straightforward. It was grounded in the real world, where 2 bananas+ 3 bananas= 5 bananas. But new ideas about math were being introduced, like imaginary numbers and Carroll thought that was utterly bananas .
So he wrote a book set in a world that followed only the abstract laws of mathematics, in order to point out how totally insane it all was. Alice represented a Euclidian mathematician, and Wonderland represented the university where Carroll worked, the Christ Church College at Oxford.