A Movie per Day Keeps Boredness Away: Part 3, Drama Edition

You thought I would just stop at part two, right? Well, I’m glad I fooled you again! But seriously, did you think I would just stop without analyzing the DRAMA genre? Pff, you should have known better! So there you have it a whole article exclusively dedicated to the genre we all love to hate.

Everyone needs some drama in their lives, right?

Drama Llama 

Why I decided to put this title you might ask. For me, it is pretty self-explanatory. Everyone needs some drama in their lives, whether they like producing it themselves, like drama queens, or they like to observe it from a distance (the I-like-drama-just-do-not-want-to-be-in-it kind of person), or even just because they want to cry every now and then just to take it off their system. Either way, I have the solution for you guys.

This movie has such depth, that leaves you feeling personally involved. It’s a tragic couple’s love story that hits rock bottom and a blossoming new beginning all at once.  

  • The Truman Show. An insurance salesman discovers his whole life is actually a reality TV show.

The creator of the “Truman Show” described it best: “We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented. It’s as simple as that”, adopting eventually a one-dimensional perception about our world/reality, going just with the flow, by following other sheep-like ourselves. 

  • Downfall (original title: der Untergang). Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator’s final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. 

This German biographic/historic movie hits hard big time, feeling disoriented and disquieted at the same time. Bruno Ganz as Hitler seems like the perfect match. Exquisite performance!!!

  • 12 Years a Slave. In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. 

This movie promises chills, literal chills. The cruelty and rawness with which enslaved people were treated will get you goosebumps.

  • Moonlight is a movie about a young African-American man grappling with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.

Here we have a touching movie about diversity, racism, bullying, drug addiction, loneliness. We watch a young man during three periods of his life, playing an important role in forming who he is.

Drama Llamas are important

  • Jojo Rabbit. A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Not a particularly dramatic movie. More like a humoristic war movie with dramatic touches here and there. This movie succeeds in representing the propaganda and the prejudice of this era against Jewish people from the perspective of a naive German boy. 

  • Marriage Story. Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

A genuine story, resembling perfectly the reality. Both Driver and Johansson gave us performances to talk about and remember.

  • Joker. In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Is this a typical superhero movie? Nope, not even close! More, like a one-man show dedicated to the inventive and polymorphic Phoenix. I couldn’t even take my eyes off the screen. By far the best performance I’ve seen lately!

  • Captain Fantastic. In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

From the title, you might have expected a superhero movie, but that’s not the case. Well, actually, we might be dealing with a superhero dad, that wants to raise his kids in a completely alternative way. The lessons about life that it’s trying to pass to the audience, earned this one a place amongst my favorites.

So, that’s all for now. I hope I intrigued you enough to watch any of these movies. 

 

If you haven’t checked parts 1 and 2 just click below:

 

Sources used for this article:

IMDb, for the movie summaries

Pixabay, for the photos

 

Maria Daikou

Maria Daikou

Where's the beauty in already knowing what happens next? Embrace the mystery of your own journey and exceed your boundaries. The door is wide open.

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