Top ten movies of 2021 according to Amelia
10. ‘The Truffle Hunters’
‘The Truffle Hunters’ explores a world most viewers will know nothing about — with delightful results. A group of hunters search for rare and expensive white Alba truffles deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy. The different perspectives and situations in the movie make it a must watch. Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
Led by Noée Abita’s outstanding performance, ‘Slalom’ offers a first hand account of exploitation and abuse in the relationship of her mentorship. As a young 15 year old girl shows promise in her skiing, an ex-champion will attempt to train her in highly unethical ways. Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
8. ‘West Side Story’
Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ presents a new look at the classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’ inspired musical. Love at first sight blooms when Tony spots Maria at a high school dance in 1957 New York City. Their romance fuels the fire between the fighting Jets and Sharks–two rival gangs looking for control of the streets. The anticipation and soundtrack are two out of many striking assets in the movie. Available in theaters.
7. ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’
‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ is an exciting origin story that expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe in more ways than one. Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he believed he had left behind when he is forced into the mysterious Ten Rings organization and their secrets. This action packed film keeps viewers on the edge of its seats. Available on Disney+ and Amazon Prime.
6. ‘A Quiet Place Part II’
A continuation of its origin movie, ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ expands the terrifying world of a mother and her children fighting for their lives. As they are forced to venture into the unknown, they realize that the creatures hunting them by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond. This proves to be a captivating horror movie to watch. Available on Amazon Prime.
5. ‘The Power of the Dog’
Brought to life by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, ‘The Power of the Dog’ shows a domineering rancher responding with mocking cruelty when his brother brings home a new wife and her son until the unexpected comes to pass. This is one of the darkest and most powerful character studies and revenge westerns that takes a lot of patience because it’s quiet, thoughtful, and devastating. Available on Netflix.
4. ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’
This action filled animation shows an almost mythical tale of humans and dragons. The history of the old war and the fight to find the last dragon prove an amazing plot on Disney’s side. The dedication and detail found within the film is exceptional. Available on Disney+ and Amazon Prime.
‘Pig’ is a beautiful odyssey of loss and love presented by Nicolas Cage’s beautifully raw performance. Living alone in the Oregon wilderness, the hunter returns to Portland to find the thief who took his beloved pig. ‘Pig’ provides an answer to the age-old question “Just how far would you go to find your stolen truffle pig?” This movie has everything: artisan cuisine, unlikely friendships, and a half dead Nicholas Cage roaming the streets of Portland menacingly peering through the windows of unsuspecting neighborhood residences looking for a pig. Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. ‘Luca’ shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: He is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface. This film can take many back to their carefree days of youth. Available on Disney+ and Amazon Prime.
1. ‘Spider Man: No Way Home’
After being nominated for over 20 Academy Awards and winning the Golden Tomato award, ‘Spider Man: No Way Home’ has come out as the best movie of 2021. This movie continues Peter Parker’s story as young Spiderman and the multiverse of other characters. We see Tobey McGuire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland team up against a variety of Spider-man’s villains from different universes in order to save the world. Available in theaters.