A film’s plot is typically what makes or breaks it in the eyes of many moviegoers, as viewers should be entertained or captivated by the basic story a director is telling. If the general narrative doesn’t work, then there’s a good chance the movie won’t be successful. But sometimes, even the simplest tale can have layers of intriguing subtext that add layers to the film.
Often times, these instances are fairly obvious to audiences (see: Nightcrawler and the indictment of the “if it bleeds, it leads” news model), but others require a little bit of connecting the dots. And when you realize what was really going on in that film you love, you see it in a whole new light that makes it feel fresh and interesting.