Movies are always more than what they appear to be. They touch us on a conscious and subconscious level. They speak to our inner being. When I wrote plays and stories in college, I remember I use to have sub-themes, symbolism, subplots, and all that. And I wasn't a professional writer. This is why I am certain, professional writers and scripts have sub-themes, and subplots, which form their symbolic and subliminal messages or themes. I'll use the Lion King to illustrate my point. How many of you saw it? The Lion King was an extremely popular movie, both children and adults alike were enraptured by it magic, its meaning. But the Lion King was not simply another good versus evil children's saga. It was the story of Jesus the Christ! And this is why it resonated so well with so many people. We felt in on a subconscious level and Christians in particular, identified on a subconscious level with its special truth, its message. The following are just some of the parallels between Simba's life and Jesus':
Opening scene: The Nativity
Mufasa is the King of the Pride Land: God and his Kingdom
Simba is Mufasa's only son: Jesus, God's only begotten son
Scar “kills” Mufasa: Lucifer's Rebellion
Simba leaves pride land: Lost in the Wilderness
Simba thought to be dead: The death of Jesus
Simba comes back to defend and defeat Scar: The Resurrection
Scar falls down a cliff: Lake of fire and brimstone
Simba, like baby Jesus grows up, goes through the "Circle of Life" and eventually become king: Redemption
There are many additional parallels, but they are outside of the scope of this article.
Now, many readers will have a problem with me drawing these parallels. And there are many people who believe the Lion King is Shakespeare's Hamlet. Well, the truth is that Hamlet and the Lion King are based on the same story--the life of Jesus. Okay, to be truthful and more exact, the Lion King is actually based on the life of the Kemetic deity, Heru. It is Christ's life that is based on Heru's. (This is documented in my book, Distorted Truths.)
Returning to the question of the subliminal, in the above example, it just so happens that the subliminal message is positive, unless you're a diehard Christian ideologue and take offense to the "pagan" elements in the movie, totally disregarding the film's essential message. The point is, that when it comes to cinema, the symbolic and subliminal are always at work; so be careful what movies you watch. What your conscious mind sees when awake, your subconscious mind revisits in sleep. What if the subliminal message is negative? And in sleep you are defenseless: no defense mechanisms, no ration mind, no conscience to filter the ideas. The question is, “When you watch a film, when you awake the next morning, which has affected you more, the movie's obvious or its subliminal message?” And was it positive or negative?