12 Movies That Absolutely and Totally Missed the Point They Were Trying to Make

Sometimes we don’t understand a movie… But other times the writers seem to completely jumble what they’re trying to say. Here’s some examples of 12 movies that totally missed the point they were trying to make leaving us confused and annoyed.

Raya and the Last Dragon

Raya and the Last Dragon.
Image Credit: Disney.

According to folks online, the point of this Disney movie was to learn to put your trust in other people. Yet the movie seems to apply the theme to toxic traits that really shouldn’t be trusted – namely the villain that betrays the main character several times.

Not a great message and kind of misses the point of learning to trust!

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman.
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

It felt like the plot of Wonder Woman was figuring out how to stop the god of war in a unique way… Since apparently you couldn’t just kill him. Then the movie’s climax contradicts this plot point. At the end, we’re left wondering what exactly was the point of the movie since the lead up contrasted the ending so badly.

I Am Legend

I am Legend.
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

The movie isn’t awful but if you look at the source material it feels like the movie totally missed the point. In the book the main character hates the monsters so much because they kill people while they sleep, but eventually starts doing the same thing. So essentially he becomes the monster he despises.

The movie is just a regular zombie flick and not nearly as deep.

Soaked in Bleach

Soaked in Bleach.
Image Credit: Daredevil Films.

This was a documentary with one goal: to make the viewer believe that Kurt Cobain was murdered. I guess they didn’t do a very good job with this one, though. By the time some viewers go to the end (after looking at the evidence presented in the movie) they were certain that his death was, in fact, a suicide as we have always been told.


Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel during the live-to-film concert experience Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl. Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl, from Disney Branded Television, will premiere on Dec. 28 only on Disney+.
Image Credit: Disney/Temma Hankin.

Another recent Disney film for the list (maybe kids movies aren’t fleshed out well enough these days?) some folks felt Encanto totally lost the plot towards the end. They felt the point of the movie was the family learning to come together without their powers – but they end up regaining them at the end.

American Sniper

American Sniper.
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While this can be said of a lot of war movies, American Sniper was especially poignant at the time for its attempt to show the viewer how horrific the war, and violence, is for everyone involved. Unfortunately, it seemed to have the opposite effect and all those brutal scenes also glorified violence – which totally contradicts the goal of the film.

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street.
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

A cautionary tale of what happens when you get greedy and fly too close to the sun… Right? Well they did tell that story, but what actually happened was they made that lifestyle look really fun and cool. Oops.

Jurassic Park

Laura Dern in Jurassic Park (1993).
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

It’s not as much the first movie that misses the point as it is the later films; especially the Jurassic World franchise. If the point of Jurassic Park was to tell us that these experiments were wrong and we can never control natural killing machines that went over the writers’ heads in those sequels.


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Another that missed the point of the source material when they brought it to the silver screen, the point of the Watchmen comics is how little the characters enjoyed using violence (aka action scenes) despite being superheroes. The movie, on the other hand, had plenty of glorified combat.

The Hobbit Trilogy

The Hobbit.
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It’s pretty hard not to lose some of the original source material when you stretch one short novel into three movies so this one really isn’t surprising. In the original version of The Hobbit the point was mainly to anti-greed and being merciful to others.

In the Hobbit movies, though, we lose the main themes of the story in place of action and mindless filler. Even worse, the real-life irony of how Warner Bros’ corporate greed when it comes to this franchise isn’t lost on the viewer.


Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures.

Spoiler alert here: the point of Signs was that all the bad things that happened to this family led up to them being able to fight off the aliens. AKA: there are no coincidences. Unfortunately this was executed pretty badly – mainly the part about the wife telling him to swing the bat. Who needs a flashback to think about using a weapon to defend your family?

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Image Credit: Disney.

What was the actual message in this movie? For some it amounted to “don’t try anything new” or even “don’t assume you’ll be good at everything automatically.”

You were probably supposed to take away a message about being yourself, but it doesn’t really leave a lot of room to build up those of us who might want to make a change.

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