These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Wall
Alternative Character Interpretation: The Trial sequence: Pink's personal despairing nightmare of being judged, or his subconscious' moment of personal triumph in having the strength to look at himself honestly at last and then destroy the Wall with the help of the "Bleeding Hearts and Artists" outside who never lost faith in him?
The album runs on it. Pink's biggest failing is that he never really stopped to think about why his bricks acted the way they did.
The film does this with "Young Lust." On the album, the song (which details Pink having casual sex with groupies while on tour) ends with Pink calling his wife from America only to have a man answer the phone and the phone operator having a very concerned reaction to the situation. In the film, the song starts with the phone call, which leads Pink to attempt to have sex with a groupie rather than already having him cheat.
Awesome Music: While the entire album is a good contender, some song examples include: Another Brick in the Wall (Parts All); One Of My Turns; Hey You; Comfortably Numb; and The Trial.
Unfortunately, it quickly turns out that it's not enough to redeem Pink from his eventual isolation-induced breakdown.
Breakaway Pop Hit: "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2", a #1 in the US and UK. The film is well known, but the song even more so. It's also the band's Black Sheep Hit, since they never did anything as dancey as "ABITW Part 2" before or since.
Creator Worship: The reason this album was created. Roger (and the audience) started seeing himself as a godlike being, above and disconnected from the fans. This culminated in the spitting incident that inspired this album. As the analysis linked to on the main page put it:
Waters was obviously horrified both by his own actions and the idea of an audience so blindly obedient to the idea of celebrity that they would gladly be "blown to bits"...or even spit upon.
The original demo lyrics of "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1", as heard on the 2011 Immersion box set edition make the theme more obvious.
First verse: We don't need your adulation
We don't need your starry gaze
How the years have come between us
You should have seen them in the early days
Second verse: They don't need your reminiscing
They don't need your memories
They don't want to hear who's missing
Ya should have seen them when the boys were young
Fanon: Though Roger Waters has never confirmed or denied this, many fans believe that the titular song in The Final Cut is also told from Pink's perspective, and that it serves as a sort of epilogue to The Wall.
Faux Symbolism: A relative aversion in that the mind screw imagery actually has well thought out meaning behind it.
Fridge Brilliance: Why is there a long pause in "In the Flesh" between the rock section and the start of the singing? In the plot, this song is played at the start of the Neo-Nazi rally Pink hallucinates himself to be performing at. Adolf Hitler was known for taking up to a minute before beginning his speeches at rallies, just to keep his audiences in suspense.
When Pink sings, "If I had my way, I'd have all of you shot!" in "In the Flesh", he's not talking about just the minorities. He means all of his fans.
Fridge Horror: Those are real neo-Nazi skinheads in the movie smashing up an Indian-owned cafe and attacking an interracial couple.
Waters' worries about unruly audiences at rock concerts in 1977 would be even more ominous with the incident in Cinncinnati in 1979 at a Who concert.
Heartwarming In Hindsight: Bob Geldof playing the lead role of Pink seems even more fitting today, since he's the man who managed to reunite the four core members of Pink Floyd on stage in 2005 for the Live 8 concert.
Not only that, but Michael Ensign, who plays the Hotel Manager. It's funny if you consider that he might have quit LA and moved to New York City, where he would suffer another series of migraines as manager of the Sedgewick Hotel.
Less Disturbing in Context: Sometimes understanding the meaning behind the bizarre imagery makes it a little less disturbing, or in some cases, just makes it more fucked up.
When Roger Waters took his solo Wall tour to Europe in 2013, concertgoers misinterpreted Waters' use of the Star Of David (along with other logos and symbols such as the Christian cross, McDonald's logo, hammer and sickle, Shell Oil logo and the Mercedes logo being dropped like bombs from airplanes) during the "Goodbye Blue Sky" visual, along with a Star Of David printed on the inflatable pig which is destroyed, and the Hammers/Nazis scenes, as being Anti-Semite and Pro-Nazi. Waters denied this, stating he was protesting it as a "symbol of the state" rather than the Jewish religion, and that his issue was with Israel conducing a state of Apartheid within its borders since 1967.
To a lesser extent, grungy teenagers who use songs like "Another Brick In The Wall, Pt. 2" as an actual rallying cry for their own social isolation are kind of not getting the message.
"We don't need no education." has several meanings, to believe it is a song against learning or education is to miss the subtlety. In fact, the sentence is a double negative, which literally means "We need education", suggesting that yes, education can be a good thing in developing well-rounded individuals. The song is a protest, however, against cruel teachers and systems who mold the school children into mindless drones of society. It is saying "We don't need this type of education." It's a criticism against the types of teachers and systems that, as in Pink's case, ridicule an imaginative child for writing poetry, and are aimed mainly at crushing students' individuality to mould them into an "acceptable" shape.
Roger Waters explains that "ABITW2" isn't anti-education, but against the kind of strict, demoralizing, condescending, conformist schooling like Waters suffered through, which discourages free thought and expression in attempts to keep its students in line and keep them subservient. This was more evident in the demo, where the original lyric was "We don't need your education".
Waters: "Obviously not all teachers are what we have to fear. The school I was at — they were really like that. They were so fucked up that what they had to offer was their own bitterness and cynicism. Some of them, I may say, were very nice guys and understood what was going on."
Narm: In a movie filled with horrific and visceral imagery, the "meat" coming out of the grinder the kids fall into in "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" is remarkably unconvincing.
The Gerald Scarfe animation sequences, namely "The Trial".
The flowers animation for "What Shall We Do Now?"
The meat grinder.
The Teacher in the live show. The sheer size of it changes it from being a simply creepy character into a particularly horrifying one, while simultaneously being a Moment Of Awesome in the show.
During "Another Brick," the puppet visibly deflates when the kids stand up to him. He reinflates, as if trying to get his power back up, but keeps deflating until the song ends.
When seeing the film with someone who's seeing it for the first time, gleefully await their reaction to when the shadow of Pink's wife suddenly transforms into a Freudian monster, complete with Last Note Nightmare.
Tear Jerker: "Hey You", "Comfortably Numb", "When the Tigers Broke Free", "Is There Anybody Out There?" and manymore.
In the live tour, the footage of soldiers being reunited with their children in "Vera" and the memorial images of people who'd died in wars during the first half of the show are bound to have the audience in tears.
"I've got a strong urge to fly, but I've got nowhere to fly to..."
Unfortunate Implications: In the solo shows during "Goodbye Blue Sky," a bunch of copies of the Star of David are shown being dropped out of a plane (along with other symbols of war, including the Christian cross, the Muslim crescent, and the Shell logo) like bombs. This, the Nazi allusions, and Waters' vocal support of the BDS movement against Israel could give rise to charges of anti-Semitism, though the album is quite clearly anti-racist.
Unfortunate Names: Let's be honest here, you'd have issues if everyone called you "Pink" or "Pinky" your entire life.