Everyone’s pretty much hyping about the fifth season of Money Heist. But, if you’re not riding this tide and don’t relate to the hype that surrounds the heist, we’ve got you covered. Instead of bingeing through the show this weekend, you can enjoy some quality titles on Netflix. These films are so good, they will want to make you go from one to another. With an average run time of about two hours each, you can easily finish these over the weekend.
Weekend movie marathon: 7 best movies on Netflix to watch if you do not follow Money Heist
1. Dolemite is My Name
A guaranteed laughter riot, this one stars the evergreen Eddie Murphy in the lead. The film is a drama-comedy and envelopes the life of Rudy Ray Moore, a performer who is quickly running out of ideas with the changing times. However, one day he discovers Dolemite – a brash character that becomes popular underground.
Roma lifted Netflix to the big leagues. This 2018 movie was one that recoginsed Netflix as a big production house and not just a streaming website. In the following year, the film went on to win three Oscar awards too, including the big ones – Best Director and Best Picture. Thriving on stunning cinematography, the story is about Cleo, a domestic help to four children who are on a vacation.
3. Uncut Gems
One of the best Netflix Original, Uncut Gems is probably the one you should start this movie marathon with. Uncut Gems is indie filmmaking at its best. A claustrophobic tale about Howard Ratner — played by Adam Sandler in a role like never before, this high-octane tale will make you feel uneasy and sometimes angry at the protagonist as he keeps making one bad decision after the other. The movie sort of builds itself to this big bang ending that easily makes it one of the best climax sequences in recent years. The last 20 minutes of the movie should be in cinema museums in the future on how to build a scene.
4. Mard ko Dard Nahi Hota
Heavily underrated, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is a great find on Netflix. This action-comedy is a fun ride that is extremely simple yet overtly perfect. Starring Abhimanyu Dasani, Radhika Madan, Mahesh Manjrekar and Gulshan Devaiah, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota which translates to a man who feels no pain is basically just that. You’ll have a lot of fun watching this and it can easily restore your faith in Hindi cinema.
5. The Platform
If you are not looking for something disturbing (but eye-opening) to binge on, give this one a pass. The Platform is a Spanish film, it is heavy and flashes reality in front of you. It surrounds the life of an individual who volunteers for six months in a peculiar vertical prison where a large tray of food travels once a day for a certain amount of time. With hunger as its basic theme, The Platform showcases human nature at its ugliest, making it a difficult but thought-provoking watch.
Soni could have been neglected since it did not pack enough drama or entertainment. However, this powerful and thought-provoking flick found a strong place among the audiences. It narrates the realistic tale of a female police officer who tries to address the growing violence against women in Delhi. One of the best productions by Netflix India, Soni is lifted up by impressive acting by Geetika Vidya Ohlyana and Saloni Batra.
One of newer movies on Netflix on this list, Mimi is originally based on Marathi 2011 film Mala Aai Vhhaychy. The film did exceptionally well mainly because of the topics it explored. The story is built around surrogacy and motherhood and follows Mimi (Kriti Sanon), who is introduced as a surrogate, by Bhanu to an American couple in exchange for Rs 2 million. However, things take a problematic turn when the couple decides to not go ahead with the pregnancy and asks her to abort the child. What happens after that is wholesome, comic and entertaining.