i’ve noticed on places like Reddit (NB, this isn’t a dig at DiS) that a lot of discussions around films centre around all the symbolism that people picked up on. it almost turns into a willy-waving competition sometimes where people are competing to see who can pick up on the most subtle, obscure reference or metaphor.
maybe it has always been so? or maybe it’s a recent trend. if it is i’m inclined to blame Breaking Bad and its ‘Walt’s jumper represents his inner conflict’ daftness.
now don’t get me wrong, symbolism and subtext is obviously great and enhances a movie - but call me simple-minded, things like plot, characterisation, tension, even (abandons indie points) action shouldn’t be playing second-fiddle to it.
TL;DR: stop being clever and just make good movies