March 18, 2014 by arbaldauf
I love fan theories. I spent quite a bit of time after finishing the fifth book of A Song of Ice and Fire (the name of the series is NOT Game of Thrones, people. Read a book.) looking up theories about where the story was going, what was going to happen to characters, etc. A lot of these theories are kind of stupid and seem like they were written by fourth graders, but some of them are actually well thought out and interesting and make you do this:
These are the theories that I’ll spend hours reading.
I saw a theory (#1 in the list below) a little bit ago that got me thinking about cool movie theories I’ve seen, and I decided to compile a list of such theories. So here it is, a list of five of my favorite theories about movies or movie universes.
1) James Bond is a Code Name, Not a Person
In recent years, a theory has popped up as to why the actor playing James Bond changed even though the actors playing supporting roles (like Dame Judi Dench as M) didn’t. The theory basically says that not only is 007 a code number, but that James Bond is a code name as well. So when one James Bond dies, the name and the number get passed down to his successor, meaning that each actor is in fact an entirely new James Bond. It’s definitely not just because the actor was old or terrible.
What do I think? I’m sticking with the theory that James Bond is a Time Lord. Same person, same memories, different faces…
2) Every Pixar Movie Takes Place in the Same Universe
Writer Jon Negroni developed a theory that every Pixar character from A Bug’s Life through Monsters University inhabits the same planet but at different points in time. It would take much too long to type all of this out, so here’s the original post. I know it’s long, but the font is big and there are a bunch of pictures, so you should be able to make it through with minimal Facebook/Twitter breaks.
3) Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, and The Nightmare Before Christmas are a trilogy (or one really, really long movie)
This isn’t really a developed theory, but I came across this picture and thought it was mildly interesting, and there’s definitely similarities between the how the characters in Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride look. Although I can’t decide if I think the similarities are because they’re the same character or if it’s just because Tim Burton animation is all the same. Regardless, it’s fun to think about.
4) Ferris Bueller = Tyler Durden
This is one that I don’t really believe but is kind of fun to think about. Essentially, this theory says that Ferris is a figment of Cameron’s imagination, embodying everything Cameron wants to be, much like (15-YEAR-OLD SPOILER ALERT) Tyler Durden is to Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club. Sloane is a girl who Cameron is secretly in love with but never worked up the guts to talk to. This theory also explains how the three were able to see so much of Chicago in one day — Cameron was just imagining it all in his head.
It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (“He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl who Cameron knows he can never have. Again, don’t really believe it, but it’s kind of cool.
5) Every Tarantino Movie Takes Place in the Same Universe
Of all the theories I’ve come across, this one is the most legitimate, partially because Tarantino has pretty much confirmed it. A little ways back, he confirmed that film producer Lee Donowitz, from the film True Romance, is supposed to be a descendent of Donnie “The Bear Jew” Donowitz from Inglourious Basterds. There are also a lot of connections between Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, including the fact that Tarantino confirmed Vic Vega (Reservoir Dogs) and Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction) are brothers. Then people started making connections that the “Fox Force Five” pilot from Pulp Fiction is actually Kill Bill, and it all kind of spiraled from there. Overall, this is a cool theory, and I wouldn’t put it past a filmmaker like Tarantino, who, in between waves of blood, puts some pretty subtle clues and foreshadowing into his movies.
Well there you have it! Five of my favorite movie/movie universe theories. Let me know if I missed one or just what you think in the comments below!