Here are some of the underrated movies for this month that deserve more recognition and attention from all the cinephiles.
As the Academy Awards come near, an appreciation article for some of the underappreciated audio-visual cinematic experiences that were released recently. This list includes a few Oscar contenders, an undervalued Hindi gem, and some studio movies that have been denied the success they deserve and are the only delights from November.
Directed, written and produced by James Gray, Armageddon Time is a semi-autobiographical American coming-of-age story. Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathway, Jeremy Strong, Banks Repeta and Jaylin Webb form the cast and add to this unsentimental but surprisingly political performance. The film adds to the fact that James Gray is a significant filmmaker in the American entertainment industry and thus joins the likes of Steven Spielberg, Kenneth Branagh, etc. The performance by Anothony Hopkins is nothing less than Oscar-worthy and adds to the brilliancy of the film.
Notably one of the best films of the year, Aftersun is a drama film directed by Charlotte Wells. The film revolves around memories, manufactured and manicured. It stars Paul Mescal who is all set to become a star and gives a breathtaking performance, one that is so raw, it makes Oscars feel unsatisfying as the reward. Frankie Corio and Celia Rowlson-Hall play their parts exceedingly well and the movie is nothing less than a treat for cinema lovers.
Chup: Revenge of the Artist
Chup: Revenge of the artist is a psychological crime thriller film directed by R. Balki. It might not be the easiest film to describe, but that in itself is one of the reasons why it should be watched by as many people as possible. The film is brimming with love for the cinema and lashes out at the disrespect that is directed at it. It stars Sunny Deol, Dulquer Salmaan, and Shreya Dhanwarthany in the lead roles.
It is the era of pandemic-inspired films and series and The Menu happens to be the best out of all. It belongs to the genre of black comedy horror and a sub-genre of satirical filmmaking where the story is about a group of talented actors and crew members who get to spend a month in an exotic bubble and come back with a show or a film. It is a masala entertainment and the cast delivers the different elements of the film accurately. Directed by Mark Mylod, the film is pretty direct with its observations of privilege and feels original at every second.
Did we miss any underrated masterpieces? Do let us know in the comments.