With summer vacation right around the corner, there is no better time to relax and watch some movies but Netflix’s ever-increasing catalogue of films makes it a chore to decide what to watch so to help you decide we’ve made a list of the best of the best Netflix has to offer.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Directed by Taika Waititi, who also directed Thor Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople tells a story about the adventures of a misfit, rap-loving city kid Ricky Baker and his crusty and ill-tempered played by Sam Neil. Ricky has been bounced out of many foster families and given one last chance of staying with a couple in New Zealand. After tragedy strikes early in the film, the unlikely duo gets lost in the wilderness and becomes subject to a nationwide man hunt. Full of deadpan humour, warm-hearted mockery, great visual gags, a charming cast and spectacular cinematography. If you’re having a bad day then this movie won’t fail to cheer you up!
The Ivory Game (2016)
As the demand for ivory from the Chinese middle-class has increased so has hunted for elephants. To bring awareness to this threat, filmmakers went undercover for 16 months and followed the ivory from where it was stolen to where it hits the shelves in Hong Kong. The result is a genuinely thrilling and very gripping documentary. It shows the brave men and women trying to put a stop to these atrocities and the many obstacles they face. An extremely engaging watch.
Wadjda is a smart, spirited 10-year-old girl who wants nothing more than to own her own bike, something that is frowned upon in the Saudi Arabia suburb where she lives. Wadjda devises numerous schemes to earn enough money to buy a bike but gets caught by the headmistress at her school. The film is subtle and humane in how it handles the slowly changing cultural and gender dynamics in a traditionally conservative society and the journey of Wadjda to adulthood is both heartbreaking and inspiring.
This movie, although predictable, is very atmospheric and does not fail to give us a rush of excitement like any good thriller/crime movie should. Accused of murder, a wealthy entrepreneur hires the best witness preparation expert he can find. They have three hours before the trial to come up with the most solid, plausible defence but new witnesses surfaced. Although it doesn’t do anything new the things it does do it without question does best. If you’re ever looking for a movie that gets your blood pumping look no further than this.
On Body and Soul (2016)
On body and soul is the impeccably crafted winner of the 2017 berlin festival and Academy Award nominee for best foreign-language film. Is it possible that two people dream the same dream? This unique drama directed by Hungarian filmmaker Ildiko Enyedi studies this possibility against an unlikely backdrop of a slaughterhouse. This is one of the few truly unique and refreshing movies everyone should experience.
My Happy Family (2017)
This movie is a tribute to loving middle-aged women everywhere. The events are centred around a 52-year-old woman who decides to leave her family home live alone without much notice. She trades chaos and domestic disputes for solitude, and the prospect of sad old age for an opportunity to build a new life. A genuine and beautiful film with a lot of heart to it.