We seriously underestimate and discount the power of cinema when we say or believe that it cannot affect the very innate self of a living being. If humans, along with all their cognitive functions and intelligent functioning are capable of creating, understanding and appreciating the art of cinema, surely some among them tried to influence the lives of others in an overwhelmingly positive way: a way in which they created cinema with deeply profound insights on life and philosophies that have over the years been appreciated by an increasing number of people and have come to change, or atleast affect the lives of a few individuals by sheer way of their profundity.
For some, a certain sort of cinema has proven to be an amazingly personal experience: one they harbour deep within themselves almost as a souvenir and one that they carry with themselves always, as a result of which they found themselves as better humans by virtue of a good deed or two. While I have to admit that these movies are increasingly rare and have become most certainly redundant in the age of escapist, blockbuster cinema, Netflix still houses a repository of some of these classics that can be accessed whenever you need a bit of life changing sermonising or inspiration, or even just a different outlook. So, here’s the list of really good life changing movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
10. Cloud Atlas (2012)
Perhaps just as the film, my choice to put ‘Cloud Atlas’ on the list will also prove to be a vastly divisive move, just as the film was when it released, with a few critics giving it a standing ovation, while others terming it one of the worst films of the year. ‘Cloud Atlas’ chooses to profess a theory not too vastly different from ‘The Butterfly Effect’, but by intertwining six parallel narratives, and giving it an almost mythical feel, something that in my opinion really helped the movie transcend beyond regular viewing entertainment. You may hate it or like it, or as in my case, completely happen to love it, but you cannot deny that the film has soaring ambition and scope. If you have been fascinated by films dealing with interconnected realities and lives, ‘Cloud Atlas’ is bound to raise some interesting questions for you to fathom upon.
9. The Theory of Everything (2014)
There is perhaps no other film in my recent writings, especially in the articles for Netflix, that is as recurring as ‘The Theory of Everything’. Since I have written about a number of times and how great I find this film to be, I will reveal that I didn’t like the film much in my first viewing. I felt cheated that the film didn’t spend nearly as much time as I thought it would on Hawking’s incredible journey as an astrophysicist and his worldview altering theories, instead choosing to focus on his relationship with Jane, the love of his life, and how she played an instrumental role in helping Hawking come around when his MND hit, instilling him with hope. It was not until multiple viewings that I did realize that it was in the title, up there, all along. THAT was the theory of everything: love and hope, the only things that in modern day science remain unfathomable. In tackling that, the film remains a truly beautiful experience, especially the ending that I have mentioned multiple times.