Did you know, milk has a lot to do with movies? Think about the characters you’ve seen in movies chugging down milk, not the kids, the adults! It’s definitely not something you would expect an adult to order at a restaurant right? So when they do, drink milk, what does it really mean? Here’s what YouTube channel Now You See It thinks about the symbolism of milk in the cinema.
You’ll probably want to keep a watch on the character next time you see a movie. According to Jack Nugent of Now You See It, milk is basically a symbol of purity and innocence but it also represents creepiness of the character, depending on the context.
We understand, it’s not odd at all to drink milk as an adult, in real life that is. But in a movie, nothing is normal and milk is a choice. For instance, think about it, James bond is out and he gets his signature drink when he’s having fun/with a woman/on a mission. Right? So when a character does want to choose MILK, it’s interesting to look into why they would show that and give them such a plain everyday drink.
Milk is a powerful story-telling device. It can show someone as a child, show character strength or it could also give you information about the plot. Filmmakers are well aware of the intuition of how odd and creepy it may look for an adult to drink milk. Let’s go back to Anton Chigurh sitting on the couch bottle of milk in hand staring blankly in No Country for Old Men. How creepy is that?