Money Heist is Much More Than a Heist

Xochitl Marin

On April 3, Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel in its Spanish title, released the much-awaited part four of the popular Netflix series bolstering the popularity and love the show has gained from its viewers.

Money Heist is a Spanish series about a character viewers come to know as “El Profesor” or “The Professor”, who has a genius plan to rob billions of euros from the Royal Mint of Spain with the help of eight criminals with aliases of cities around the world for professional purposes.

According to The Guardian, Money Heist has become one of the most-watched series in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, France, and Italy.

The show’s success has allowed for the directors, producers, and of course, the characters to continue to keep fans like myself at the edge of our couch seats or beds with the second heist the beloved criminals try pulling off in the Bank of Spain that parts three and four focus on.

If you belong to the percentage of society that hasn’t watched an episode of Money Heist, you might ask yourself, “Why has a show based on a band of criminals robbing establishments in Spain won the hearts of people all over the world?” The answer is Money Heist “is much more than a heist” as El Profesor said.

Despite the plots revolving around an attempt to pull off a close to impossible robbery and trying to navigate the difficulties El Profesor and his crew face, the show gives viewers shocking and wild climactic action scenes. The show leaves space for impactful lighthearted moments of laughter, smiles, and tearjerkers. 

The emotional and lighthearted scenes all play a huge role in the character development and the love watchers inevitably begin to feel for the city code-named thieves.

There was a significant thought process the creators of Money Heist went through to live up to the motto of the heists being much more than a heist.

Symbolic details of the show’s theme are displayed in the now-iconic red jumpsuits and Salvador Dalí masks the robbers use.

According to Screen Rant, the jumpsuits were chosen to be red because the color signifies resistance, violence, and passion, tapping into the theme of revolution The Professor and his band stand for.

The meaning behind the Dalí masks comes from the Spanish painter’s importance in the surrealist art movement. Like many surrealist artists, their work was thought to be out of the norm, making Dalí a symbol of revolution like the robbers.

These red jumpsuits and masks have become an image of resistance and are used by civil rights protesters in places like Chile, France, Italy, and Lebanon as mentioned in Meaww.

In addition to the costumes, the song ‘Bella Ciao’ or ‘Goodbye Beautiful’ is another symbol of resistance fans have fallen in love with.

With origins tracing back to World War II, this Italian folk song was sung by members of the anti-fascist resistance “as a hymn of freedom” as said on The Orphan Magazine. The song is often played in the background in scenes that are vital to the resistance The Professor and his robbers have created.

From the characters to climatic and emotional scenes to the powerful message Money Heist is all about, it’s hard not to fall in love with the show and want to suit up in a red jumpsuit, grab a Dalí mask and become a member of the band.

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