Offbeat, on point

Sakal Times
Friday, 22 June 2018

.... But if you’re up for good content presented in an interesting way, why not browse through some offbeat films that deal with critical themes available on the internet? Here’s a list of films that never managed to hit the big screens in India, but are certainly worth a watch. 

Not every film that joins the Rs 100 crore club is really worth your time. Sometimes it might just be a big film with big names, but not as entertaining or educational as you’d expect it to be. But if you’re up for good content presented in an interesting way, why not browse through some offbeat films that deal with critical themes available on the internet? Here’s a list of films that never managed to hit the big screens in India, but are certainly worth a watch. 

THE WIZARD OF LIES
Based on a real story, this film examines the strategy, lies and Ponzi schemes of Bernie Madoff, who pulled off the biggest financial fraud in the States. His tale of deception is shot beautifully as it recreates an insane, heart-wrenching, financial massacre. 

BOOK OF LIFE
Written and crafted beautifully, the Book of Life is an animated romance. The film engages viewers in the amazing journey of Manalo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling expectations of his beloved family and following his heart’s desires. One might not expect much out of an animated film but the Book of Life has several life lessons to offer.

BEASTS OF NO NATION
This is a unique war drama based on the life of a child soldier fighting in a never-ending civil war. The  movie shows the war and chaos through the eyes of a young child. It questions the basic right and wrong and puts the audience in the shoes of a young rebel who is learning about life the hard way. Watch Beasts of No Nation on Netflix. 

WILSON
This is a story of a middle-aged man who embarks on a journey to live his lost life. After being separated from his wife for 17 years, Wilson (Woody Harrelson at his comic best) reunites with her and finds out that he has a teenaged son. The beauty of the movie is that even if you aren’t a middle-aged man with estranged family, you’d be able to connect to the plot and the weirdly wonderful Wilson. Catch the first Indian Television Premiere of Wilson on Star Movies Select HD on June 23 at 9 pm. 

SWISS ARMY MAN
Cinema doesn’t live by the rules of reality and the proud directors of Swiss Army Man, Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, have taken full liberty to present a cinema full of possibilities. Bursting with creativity, this movie offers a comical-adventure tale of a man stranded on an Island and a corpse-like man who possess magical powers. Unlike the classy superheroes, Daniel Radcliffe plays a dead corpse who has magical farts. Yes, you read that right. 

JUNO
Juno is a comical drama based on the unplanned pregnancy of a young teenager named Juno. The film was critically acclaimed for having a pro-life approach. It offers a new narrative and a new way of handling unwanted pregnancy during the early teens. Juno bagged several awards, including an Oscar win, and promoted a cult style of life-like cinema. Watch it on Netflix.

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