Was it a dream? Was it a hallucination? Is anything in the world actually real? These are the fundamental questions that many filmmakers have tackled from the beginning of cinema to regale audiences with mind-bending twists and confounding tales.
The concept of “was it all a dream” is a common trope in films that can help characters learn crucial lessons, find hidden truths, unveil dark secrets, or simply find the meaning of life. Movies like “The Wizard of Oz,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Inception” take audiences on wild rides in which guessing what is real is part of the fun and the mystery of the film.
While some movie critics deride the dream concept as a cop-out that allows a movie to get away with certain plot holes, audiences can never seem to get enough of them as everything from “The Matrix” to “La La Land” allows viewers to lose themselves in other worlds for a couple of hours.
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