There’s no doubt about, there’s a lot out there on Netflix. To help you guys work out what to keep an eye out for, I’ve selected a few top picks for you to read about.
This is a fairly recent addition, having been around for about a month and a half, and it’s no secret that I love the series. It’s now about six episodes in, and a good for a binge watch before new episodes come out. The series is a “dark re-imagining” of the Archie comics characters we all know and love, taking Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica and turning them into teens of today. At heart, the series is a teen drama, but also has a mysterious element, due to the mysterious disappearance of Archie’s classmate Jason Blossom.
This the original movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, which in turn is based on the 1920s comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The musical follows Annie, a young orphan who gets the opportunity to go and live with a millionaire to help him improve his image. Annie’s endless optimism ends up changing both her life and Warbucks, the millionaire, as well as the people in his life. With catchy tunes, this is the sort of movie you need for a good pick me up.
The whole premise is a little morally ambiguous, but it totally works. After his father is discovered to have embezzled thousands from his private school, a teenager decides to essentially rob the US Royal Mint, to help save the school. He and his “ragtag” band of misfits team up together. The film totally works, both a traditional heist movie as well as a good teen movie, with some very sweet romances going on. Whilst the idea may seem far fetched, the film manages to just pull it off.
This is the of the best adaptations of Young Adult books out there. Based on the novel by Veronica Roth, the series follows 16-year-old Tris, who lives in a society where people are sorted into five factions, based on their personalities. Tris faces much conflict when she discovers that she’s “divergent”, someone who doesn’t fit into one category. Tris is brought to life by the amazing Shailene Woodley, who has heaps of chemistry with Theo James, playing Tris’ love interest Four. Whilst we’re still waiting on the final part of the book series to make it to the big screen, it’s nice to catch up with where it all began.
Kingsman: Secret Service
Based on the comic book series by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, this spy action comedy film is like no other comic book adaptation seen before. The film follows unlikely teenager Eggsy, who is recruited into a secret service and joins a mission to take down Internet billionaire, Richmond Valentine. Whilst met with some mixed reviews, at its heart the film is a good comedy and a whole lot of fun. Whilst we’re waiting for the sequel towards the end of the year, this is a good film to catch up on Netflix.
The story of how this film came about is inspirational in itself, with star and producer Reese Witherspoon deciding to produce it herself after many Hollywood executives rejected the film. The film turned out to be hit for Witherspoon. Based on the memoirs of author Cheryl Strayed, Wild follows Strayed as she hikes across the Pacific Crest Trail, and reflects on her life, especially her relationship with her mother. This adaptation is very faithful to the book, and Witherspoon portrays Strayed with wit and brutal honesty. This is the sort of the film to watch if you want to feel empowered.
This the live action remake of the Disney animated classic. Starring Lily James and Richard Madden, the film is just as enchanting as the original, expanding more of the characters. The film gives more life to Prince Charming, named Kit, as well as exploring the relationship between him and the King (played magnificently by Derek Jacobi) and gives some sympathy to the Evil Stepmother. Whilst the film has garnered some criticism for its apparent “non-feminist” values, it’s still a charming, nostalgic film to bring you back to your childhood.
When this film first came out in 1993, it was met with modest success. Nowadays, it’s regarded as the one of the best comedies of all time, with the term “Groundhog Day” even being used by the US military. The film follows arrogant weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray), who finds himself stuck in a time loop on Groundhog Day, forcing him to relive the day again and again. The film has spawned many parodies, and now even a stage musical. The film managed to create a whole new way to tell a story, and will always make you laugh.
The Good Lie
Particularly poignant in times like today, this film follows a group Sudanese refugees siblings, who set the chance to start a life in the US. The Good Lie follows each of them as they adjust to their new surroundings, and cope with the losses and hardship they have faced in their lives. Based on a true story, the film has met some criticism for making the story more “Hollywood”, but overall produces a good drama film that explores the plight of immigration to the US, a now hot topic issue thanks to Trump.
The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
This series is award-winning, and it’s not hard to see why. This series follows the case that captured the attention of the world in the 1990s, the case of American football OJ Simpson and whether he really did murder his former partner and her new husband. It’s gripping, with the cast being stunning in their roles, especially Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark and Courtney B Vance as Johnnie Cochran, as the defense and prosecution for Simpson himself. Even though you already know the outcome, the series manages to grip you and make you think about the American justice system.
Of course, there are lots of new additions to Netflix out there- these are just the best ones to look out for. Whether you want a binge watch, a drama or a bit of a laugh, these new Netflix hits have it all.