Over the years, Netflix has created a multitude of remarkable original series and films. Although there are plenty to choose from, here are the ones I find the most memorable (so far).
5. Anne With an E (2017-2019)
Presenting a classic tale to a modern audience is a very tough nut to crack, but Anne With an E does just that, expanding on the story of the famous orphan from Anne of Green Gables. Amybeth McNulty nails it as the lead, Anne Shirley, who I can relate to.
Anne With an E impresses me with its well-written characters, even adding new ones to the show. This period coming-of-age series also sticks the landing with its impressive visuals and fantastic acting.
Anne With an E is a series that, like Avonlea, takes you into its world. Seeing it reminds me of the wonders of the North American wilderness, since I go to a house in the countryside on weekends. It also makes me think of when my sister was in a school play of Anne of Green Gables, another adaptation of this classic tale.
Striking the right balance between poignant and whimsical, Anne With an E is truly worth checking out.
4. Okja (2017)
Before taking cinema by storm with Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho created this rollicking and touching adventure story.
What I enjoy about Okja is that it deals with serious issues in a way that doesn’t feel preachy or condescending. It also features the strong bond between human and creature. In addition, this film places emphasis on the consequences of factory farming, which speaks to me because I want to help animals.
It’s also amazing to see an Asian female in a lead role. This is something that means a lot to me. I love Mija, the protagonist, because she’s a far cry from characters like Tessa in Transformers: Age of Extinction and some Disney sequel protagonists. Simply put, this fearless child is anything but a cliché or a stereotype.
Courtesy of Joon-ho, Okja is a charming film that should not be forgotten.
Rating: TV-Ma (Mature)
3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Complex characters, sharp humor, witty dialogue, and dark elements of tragedy conspire to create this lollapalooza of a Western. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a reason why I love Western films. Adding its own unique touch to the genre’s tropes, it also delivers mesmerizing performances.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs reminds me of the time I starred in a Wild West film, Bulletproof. The Western is a dying genre, but this flick is a solid addition to it.
Despite being mostly dark throughout the film’s running time, it’s a must-watch topped with remarkable songs, and I can’t help but smile whenever Buster Scruggs shows up. In addition, any film set in the American wilderness (or in this case, the American frontier) speaks to me.
2. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)
Taking the number two spot on my countdown is this enchanting fantasy show—one that would make Jim Henson proud. This prequel series has its share of dark moments, but it also has a very optimistic side.
What I love about The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is its relatable main characters. For instance, I see myself in Rian and Brea because they are sometimes at odds with their families. Some of the characters even remind me of people I know. For example, the All-Maudra reminds me of my grandmother and Maudra Fara of my aunt and a head counselor at my camp.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a major part of why I love fantasy tales because of their ability to push the boundaries of storytelling. Because of this series, I’ve become a huge fan of The Dark Crystal. Although it’s sad that The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance has been cancelled, I will never forget it.
It’s no surprise that after a friend of mine watched the whole first season with me, she called it “exhilarating.”
1. Roma (2018)
The thing that causes this drama to earn the top spot on my list is pretty simple. Films that portray cultures in a kind and authentic manner mean a lot to me, and Roma is no exception.
Roma combines sharp writing with breathtaking cinematography and believable acting. It doesn’t just portray Mexicans beautifully, it also does a fantastic job of delving into serious territory. I can also see myself in it because it focuses on the trials and tribulations, as well as joys, of family. Simply put, Roma is a truly relatable film.
If there’s any film or show on Netflix I highly recommend, it’s this one. Roma is a masterpiece that no movie fan—or anyone else—should miss.
I hope you enjoy these films and shows! Looking for more movies to watch? Check out my previous blog post where I share some of my favorite movies for the summer!