Cinema, many would argue, is an escapist medium of entertainment. Majority of people who watch movies watch them because they want to escape into a world that is better, brighter, happier than theirs. Not many like movies that reflect upon their own realities of life. Though, most of the truest cinephiles would argue the closer a film is to reality the better it is. For this article purposes, let’s leave that conversation — what’s cinema’s ultimate purpose — for later. Because today we are going to list down the films that combine the best of both the worlds — the reality and the fantasy. A world of magical realism. Typically, these films express a mostly realistic view of the real world while also adding magical elements. Let’s begin the countdown. Here is the list of top magical realism movies ever. You can watch some of these best magic realism movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. The Green Mile (1999)
Based on a Stephen King-novel, Frank Darabont’s unique fantasy crime film ‘The Green Mile’ could be considered to be a cruel anecdote to the existing justice system. A movie that narrates the story of an innocent man on a death row and his supernatural powers of healing health afflictions; it appeals to the collective consciousness of the audience. The climax shows the convicted man being put to death using the electric chair. While the movie is beset with multiple cinematic layers, death acts as the primordial motif. The film was hugely appreciated by critics for being emotionally absorbing.
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9. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
A debutant director cannot announce his arrival with more emphasis. Benh Zeitlin created a grossly under-appreciated masterpiece with ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, narrating a man’s urge for his roots and his willingness to do anything for it. It questions outright about man’s physical boundaries and the ethnicity of the shelter camps. It is basically a survival tale from the other side of the wall. Using the legendary aurochs as symbols of rampage, Zeitlin shows us the powerful side of nature and the amazing bond the ‘southern wild’ man shares with them. The so-called aesthetic civilization took a moral hit and the wildness emerged triumphant in this emotional journey. A moving narrative and one of the most honest performances by a nine year old Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy took the film to an entirely new level. ‘Beasts of The Southern Wild’ isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, with Benh Zeitlin aiming for an emotionally mature audience.