It appears that Guillermo del Toro has comparable emotions about this, saying on the Q&A:
“To anybody that’s confused concerning the plot and what it’s about, my condolences. The truth is the film’s known as ‘Bardo,’ which suggests limbo, and it begins with a man that tries to fly however the path weighs him down, and ends with him lastly flying, they usually do not f***ing get it? I’m amazed.”
Both in story and theme, “Bardo” is pretty easy. Now, for some individuals, the movie’s simplicity is a part of the issue, considering that Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s huge canvas and implementations of abstraction aren’t justified by what the movie is about. On some stage, I agree with that. However, my appreciation for “Bardo” goes past what the movie is about. Plot is simply a part of what makes cinema the particular artwork type that it’s. Sometimes, the pleasure comes purely from aesthetics and the work that went into crafting it.