5 Brilliant Netflix Original Movies That Deserve More Attention
Netflix pumps out original content so quickly that diamonds continue to get lost in the ruff. While Netflix is home to many groundbreaking TV shows – including Orange Is the New Black and The Umbrella Academy – it also houses a commendable selection of original films.
While several Netflix originals receive adequate marketing funds, including Murder Mystery and Triple Frontier, others find themselves lost in the system of endless scrolling. The list below will highlight five Netflix original movies that deserve more media attention.
‘The Perfection’ (2018): 74% on Rotten Tomatoes
The Perfection has so many twists and turns – all grounded in inevitability tied to the characters at hand – that even providing an explanation seems risky. So, to avoid spoiling any scintillating turns, just know this: the movie follows a troubled musical prodigy and a new star student who wind up walking down a very dark path.
The movie is built on suspense, and – though functioning as a gripping thriller – manages to insert heart without forcing it abruptly down your throat, and triggering a tonal shift as a result. The performances are stellar, and it will leave you trapped inside its warped world for days to come. This one is not for the light of heart.
‘See You Yesterday’ (2019): 94% on Rotten Tomatoes
See You Yesterday is a sci-fi time-traveling adventure that defies all your preconceived notions of the genre. Unlike Back to the Future or Hot Tub Time Machine, at its core, this movie is a film about loss, grappling with police violence to deliver a socially relevant exposé on grief.
The movie manages to be comedic at times, yet deeply heartfelt and poignant at others. Taking time-traveling tropes and eschewing them, See You Yesterday brings a level of solemnity uncommon to films of its kin.
‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ (2019): 63% on Rotten Tomatoes
Jake Gyllenhaal as a pretentious and judgemental art critic anyone? While this movie faced backlash for a silly premise, it’s worth watching for Gyllenhaal’s performance alone. As a film reflecting the art-world back on itself, Velvet Buzzsaw offers violence atop its satire, which sometimes feels odd, but most of the time works.
Velvet Buzzsaw is as bizarre as it is captivating. Though you will be totally aware of the fact that you are watching one of the weirdest movies as of late – and may not understand why you keep watching – you won’t be able to look away. The performances pull you in for the wackadoo ride that it is.
‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ (2019): 92% on Rotten Tomatoes
You can’t beat a tale about Bob Dylan told through Martin Scorcese’s genius lens. Did you think this movie would be anything less than brilliant? This Netflix original takes an unorthodox look at the musical legend and Nobel prize winner’s career.
Rolling Thunder Revue is part documentary and part concert; thus, the entertainment value and informative mission go hand-in-hand, pairing beautifully for an enjoyable and educational viewing experience.
‘Gerald’s Game’ (2017): 90% on Rotten Tomatoes
We see you, Carla Gugino. Boy, do we see you. Based on the book by Stephen King, this movie is suspenseful and downright “remember-to-breathe” scary. When a husband and wife attempt to rekindle a little lost romance at a remote lake house, a dangerous sex game leaves the husband (Bruce Greenwood) dead and the wife (Gugino) handcuffed to the bed.
Receiving praise as one of the best Stephen King adaptions in recent years, Gerald’s Game is a horror movie that never forgets about its characters – who they are, why they matter, and how they wound up in such a place. The movie is smart, suspenseful, and well-acted.