While most people tend to consider Netflix a home for amazing television shows, it’s also a hub for some of the most exciting films of the 21st century. In recent years, Netflix has built up its reputation as a platform that isn’t afraid to experiment with genres and cinematic techniques by producing films that can make viewers think about deeper perspectives or even beyond. With that being said, these are the best Netflix Original movies from 2021 –
Malcolm And Marie
Released during the COVID-19 pandemic, Euphoria creator Sam Levinson’s Malcolm & Marie was one of the first films released into theaters during that phase. The movie follows the relationship between the title characters (played by Zendaya and John David Washington) as they struggle to not lose their strained relationship in the middle of a meltdown test. Though at times it is aggravatingly slow, this film has earned many positive criticisms including a Critic’s Choice Award nomination for Zendaya’s performance.
The Power Of The Dog
Benedict Cumberbatch is a great and consistent actor who became famous and earned significant recognition after portraying Sherlock in the series of the same name. He also happens to have another blockbuster movie on his resume with The Power of the Dog, which earned him several big nominations for Best Actor at the Golden Globes among other awards. Cumberbatch really delivers his best performance when portraying Phil Burbank alongside Kodi Tiger-McPhee, Kirsten Dunst, and Jesse Plemons in this drama about a family dealing with themes such as disloyalty, betrayal, and ultimately love.
Netflix excels where it creates numerous partnerships to show original content. With that being said, The Dig features Carey Mulligan, Lily James, and Ralph Fiennes among others who have proven to be talented actors in several outstanding productions. Although not their biggest release of the year, this movie was extremely entertaining not just because of the excellent cast but also because the story is based on the Sutton Hoo discovery. The fabulous cinematography certainly contributed to making this movie more memorable than what some critics originally assumed it would turn out to be.
The White Tiger
One of the most exciting films of 2021, The White Tiger was a sleeper hit and it’s based on a novel of the same name by Aravind Adiga. It starred actor Adarsh Gourav and other big names like Rajkummar Rao, who stole near-every scene he had roles in. There were several great things about this film, such as the unique storyline and the even more unique story behind how it came about! The film especially won fans for its bold portrayal of honesty amidst corruption; something that’s definitely not commonly seen in Bollywood films.
Don’t Look Up
Last but not least, it is the latest arrival on Netflix – Don’t Look Up. The film tells the story of two astronomers who discovered a planet-killing comet heading towards Earth and their eventual successful efforts to get the world’s leaders to listen to them. This made for a refreshing take on this type of movie and it featured an impressive ensemble cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Jonah Hill, and Ariana Grande.