Netflix has constructed a strong base of original programs in a few short years. Under Netflix Originals, Netflix has produced different series, films, documentaries covering various genres: drama, comedy, animations, thrillers, science fictions, etc. The television series are obviously the more popular shows on Netflix, but to overlook some of the equally good original movies will be an injustice. These original movies do cover various genres and features star-studded casts; in short, there is a film for everyone in Netflix Originals.
Check our list below for some of the Netflix Original movies that you should not miss out!
Top 5 Best Netflix Original Movies 2017
After breaking up with boyfriend, a homeless young drifter steals a baby from a wealthy but negligent housewife, and this triggers a police manhunt. A successful woman, whose husband left her for a man, gets shocked when the baby shows up outside her door, with the kidnapper who claims herself to be the grand-daughter of the woman. Tallulah, a Netflix Original movie, has the premise of a Lifetime original film, but the graceful and detailed characterization of the protagonists makes the movie to stand out. Ellen Page plays a free-spirited main character in the movie, which tells three different stories on motherhood and avoids trite clichés. The plot drives the audience on the very edge of their seat until the kidnapping mystery of the child is solved. Tallulah is all about three different women who find themselves unfit for motherhood for various reasons. Director Sian Heder has dared to explore various flaws in the characters but is equally careful in passing judgment and drawing any moral conclusions.
The Siege at Jadotville
The Siege at Jadotville is a film on the war between small U.N. troops from Ireland and hundreds of Belgian/French mercenary forces tied to a cruel Congolese leader, fought in 1961. This movie by Richie Smyth is all about the six-day battle that has been forgotten by the history, contains a fair amount of combat suspense but full of clichéd dialogues. This movie represents an exciting story of ingenuity and bravery in the face of doom, also spotlighting the political leadership callous enough to let a bunch of young soldiers to stand their ground for the war period without any external help. Though the film could have done better by avoiding the conventional approach of entirely explaining the real Africa through a white’s perspective, it does justice in reclaiming some pride in Irish Military History. The movie has still ignored who these Irish were fighting for, and this drags the movie a little back.
In a nutshell, a good Netflix Original movie to watch out.
The Fundamentals of Caring
After the tragic death of his son because of his mere negligence, Ben (Paul Rudd), a retired writer, finds his life falling apart. His wife has demanded a divorce from him, and his career is almost over. Ben, desperate to land a new job, becomes the caretaker of an 18-year-old boy Trevor (Craig Roberts) who is suffering from Muscular Dystrophy. These two make a road trip to the World’s Largest Pit and reconnect Trevor with his father. On their way, they come in contact with an orphaned runaway girl (Selena Gomez) and a pregnant woman, Peaches (Megan Ferguson). The plot develops and circumscribes around the life of these characters. The Fundamentals of Caring is based on the book by Jonathan Evison, but sadly, simplifies too many themes and chooses to wallow in the forced clichés instead of the characters. Paul Rudd, however, saves the day with his natural acting and does a commendable task to find the truth in the over-written scripts. But, this heartwarming dramedy cherishes the unlikely friendships in the life and is one of the must-go movies in the Netflix network.
The Little Prince
‘Le Petit Prince’ by Antoine de Saint has been translated into more than 250 languages, and around 140 million copies have been sold worldwide. Millions of parents have read this to their children and have been adapted into radio plays, TV shows, and different film versions. Then what is the purpose of this story being told again? Did Mark Osborne, the one who directed ‘Kung Fu Panda’, have anything new to add to this timeless story? Yes, he had. Through The Little Prince, he can create an excellent feature film which will keep the kids entertained, and the adults entranced. It is a big-hearted tale of friendship, adventure, and imagination which can treat its audience with the respect that most American family films forget to do. Not a pop song or a forcible humor joke in the movie and it still manages to do what most of the films fail to do – it doesn’t talk down to its audience, lets them do their interpretation and imagination! If you were disappointed with The Angry Birds and Ice Age: Collison Course, do watch The Little Prince and fall in love once again with a feature film.
Beasts of No Nation
The director Cary Fukunaga proves himself as the master of original but dynamic images through the award-winning Netflix drama Beasts of No Nation. We walk in the shoes of Agu, an eight-year-old child soldier of a non-existing African country, and through the journey of the film, we may feel that the shoes that we thought we were once it is long gone and we make a bare feet trip over the time. This masterpiece work is based on the novel, entitled the same as the film, by Uzodinma Iweala, a Nigerian sociologist, and doctor. The movie is a raw, despairing story of the child warrior Agu. He laments how peaceful his life was before, how happy he was with these parents and three siblings. A civil war takes the life of his father and brothers and after his mother and the younger siblings flee, Agu runs, for his life, into the forest and comes under the influence of Commandant, a brutal rebellion leader. Agu feels like he has found a mentor, a father in Commandant who will teach him to lead a better life, but what was he teaching – murder, rape, and violence. Thus, he decides to revert himself to the boy he once was, but will his past haunt him, or will he reach his ‘better life’? Watch out to find out. A must watch Netflix original movies.
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