Netflix: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Films To Listen To
Grow Talk by Sofy Robertson
If you’re anything like me, you may spend far too much time browsing what’s on Netflix rather than actually watching the great stuff that (can) be on there. So we at Grow thought we’d save you a little time and give you our run down of what to watch, what to avoid and a special mention for horror and gore as Halloween is fast approaching.
We’re kicking off this three-part feature with our first instalment of ‘The Good’. It’s time to Netflix and chill, but what to put on? Whether you fancy binge watching a series or delving into a great movie, we’ve got our top picks for you.
Films to listen to
Few things rival my love of Film but as a self-confessed Spotify addict, a film that packs a stellar soundtrack in addition to being a great movie is worth a mention any day of the week. Films like Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and its sequel really celebrated the impact that a soundtrack can have on a film and the nuances of its storyline as well as being a stand-alone bit of genius for us Spotifyholics to add to our playlists.
One of Netflix’s newest offerings, Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018), has a solid soundtrack to accompany this coming-of-age meets Catfish comedy-drama. With Shannon Purser (Stranger Things’s Barb) playing the lead character, a teenage girl with popularity and body issues who aspires to be a singer, you wouldn’t be blamed for easily dismissing the film as just another teen movie. You would, however, be missing out. Sierra (Purser) is a witty, seemingly confident young woman who gets tangled in a cruel trick and tries to make it work in her favour. As the film progresses, Sierra’s character opens up, just like the Sunflower that she sings about at the end of the film (and yes, she can actually sing). The film manages to avoid the cliché of slipping into some kind of musical and retains a lot of integrity regarding Sierra’s character. The scene of her emotional breakdown where she admits to her family and to herself that she is not “the magnificent beast” that she has tried so hard to portray is heart-breaking and literally reduced me (and my husband!) to tears. Similar to the series where she made a name for herself, Sierra has a real Stranger Things vibe in terms of the soundtrack. Despite its modern setting, plenty of synth and eighties-feel music brings echoes of Barb, chopper-style bicycles and beat up bangers and the costume for Sierra herself seems to accompany this slightly out-of-time feel that the character has. In short, the soundtrack got added to my Spotfiy immediately after watching and I would recommend both soundtrack and film equally.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 61% Grow Talk rating: 👄 👄 👄 👄
Offering a fantastically varied soundtrack featuring The Smiths, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Sonic Youth and David Bowie to name a few, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) is a film that will tug at your heartstrings as well as your smile. The film follows an introverted and socially awkward freshman Charlie (Logan Lerman) as he tries to deal with the suicide of his best friend, his own mental illness and the discovery of a first love in Sam (Emma Watson). This brings up repressed memories that change the film’s tone as it skates a fine line between drama, romance and comedy. With fantastic performances from its young leads, Perks is both modern and classic in terms of its visual and audio presence. It holds wide appeal; on the surface it seems to be targeted at teens and young people but on closer inspection I would argue this film is more about the sense of nostalgia of good (and bad) times pas. The film therefore holds more sway with a post-30s audience who can identify with the struggles some of the characters face with the added security that they have come out the other side. With a lack of specificity regarding time and place, Perks has a timeless feel and an uplifting message that we can get through anything with a little help from our friends.
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Grow Talk: 👄 👄 👄 👄 👄
Stay tuned for our next instalment, Worth a Giggle, for films to bring out the funny.