10 Recent Netflix Movies That Lived Up To The Hype

In recent years, Netflix has started producing its original movies. The streaming service has produced nominees and blockbusters for Best Picture, leaning on social media to build hype around its upcoming titles.

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From gripping dramas to hilarious comedy specials, Netflix has a wide range of its own productions that build hype when announced. Many of these titles live up to the hype, furthering Netflix’s momentum as one of the most successful production companies and streaming services.

ten Ryan Reynolds met his match in the Adam project

Ryan Reynolds, Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo star in The Adam Project, a film directed by Shawn Levy that sees a pilot named Adam Reed accidentally travel back in time to meet his younger self. The Adam Project features the classic humor of Ryan Reynolds’ film, but also contains all the cogs and nuances of family drama wrapped up in a fun and thrilling sci-fi film.

The Adam Project was released in March 2022 and broke Netflix records, thanks in large part to the impressive performance of its main cast. The film also features a breakout performance from newcomer Walker Scobell, who had great chemistry with Reynolds as they play the same character at different ages.

9 Spiderhead was mind-blowing sci-fi from director Top Gun

One of the latest Netflix releases, spider head was directed by Joseph Kosinski (who also recently directed Top Gun: Maverick). The film premiered in early June and was released on Netflix shortly after. Adapted from the short story by George Saunders Escape from Spiderhead, spider head takes place in a prison where various inmates are subjected to a pharmaceutical trial that could reduce their sentence.

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spider head stars Chris Hemsworth (who also co-produced), Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett. The film features an intriguing mystery and twist that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat for the duration of this entertaining sci-fi.

8 Don’t Look Up Took Satire To The Next Level

Adam Mckay’s new social satire, don’t look up, received numerous nominations, including Best Picture. Don’t look up features a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry and Jonah Hill.

Don’t look up follows two astronomers, a professor (DiCaprio) and a PhD candidate (Lawrence) at Michigan State University who discover a “planet killer” asteroid heading directly for Earth. Don’t look up is an allegory of government inaction in the face of the climate crisis and global warming.

seven The Power of the Dog was nominated for twelve Oscars

Another contender for Netflix’s Best Picture, The power of the dog is Jane Campion’s eighth feature, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons. It was highly anticipated as soon as it was announced, given its casting and Jane Campion’s long hiatus since her last feature film.

Upon release, The power of the dog received acclaim for its performances, cinematography, and Campion’s direction. He led the 94th Academy Awards with twelve nominations. Campion won Best Director, his second Oscar of his career.

6 Adam Sandler stays on his dramatic streak in Hustle

Continuing Adam Sandler’s series of dramatic performances, Hustle sees an NBA scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, Stanley, discover a talented but rough player in Spain (Juancho Hernangómez). Believing he has what the 76ers lack, Stanley aims to prepare the player for the NBA Draft despite skepticism from the rest of Philly headquarters.

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Hustle features performances from real-life NBA players like Hernangómez and Anthony Edwards, while LeBron James served as producer. Since Sandler’s resurgence as a serious actor in Uncut Gems, fans can’t wait to see him take on more serious roles like this. Sandler delivered in this sports drama.

5 Zack Snyder Kept His Snyder Cut Momentum For Army Of The Dead

Zack Snyder’s popularity skyrocketed when his fans rallied for the release of the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League/ When it was announced that a witty sequel to his zombie movie dawn of the dead was on the way, fans were eagerly waiting.

by Netflix army of the dead was well received and fans applauded the performances of the ensemble cast of Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro and others. Fans also applauded the movie’s heist story and unique elements, which provided a refreshing take on the classic zombie movie.

4 Bo Burnham: ‘The interior went viral despite his thesis’

Bo Burnham’s first comedy special since 2016, On the inside was written, filmed and edited by Burnham in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Like the rest of Burnham’s specials, On the inside contains a collection of songs and various short skits mixed together.

On the inside tackles many relevant themes and topics, chronicling Burnham’s mental health throughout the pandemic, performative activism, consumerism, and the occasional internet hypocrisy.

3 The Lost Girl was Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut

The lost girl marks Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feature directorial debut. Gyllenhaal also wrote the film based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. It was released in late 2021 and stars Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, and Jessie Buckley.

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Whereas The lost girl is quiet and more understated than his peers, for fans of Gyllenhaal and the cast he was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. The lost girl was also an awards contender, earning three Oscar nominations: Best Actress (Colman), Best Supporting Actress (Buckley), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Gyllenhaal).

Based on the musical of the same name by Jonathan Larson, Tick, tick… Boom! is a semi-autobiographical story about Larson’s early life as a struggling writer in New York City. Larson tries to make his way in the acting industry before his birthday, desperate to have a successful career and a meaningful life.

Tick, tick… Boom! was a hit upon release with seasoned musical theater fans and fans of Andrew Garfield, who delivers an impressive performance as Larson. Tick, tick… Boom! also gained momentum ahead of its release as it was Lin Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut, thanks to its significant follow-up to his musical theater career.

1 Spike Lee outdid himself with Da 5 Bloods

by Spike Lee Da 5 Bloods has a full cast that includes Jonathan Majors, Delroy Lindo and Chadwick Boseman. The film follows a group of four aging Vietnamese veterans who return to the country in search of treasure they left behind while serving in the military many years ago. The group of veterans also search for the remains of their squad leader, played by Boseman.

Spike Lee films are often surrounded by hype, and Da 5 Bloods was highly anticipated given the content and cast. Upon its release, Da 5 Bloods was critically acclaimed, with some critics even calling it one of Lee’s best films to date.

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