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Style isn’t everything, not by a long shot, but the visual aspect of movies is what makes movies – well, movies. So the filmmakers that go through extra preparation and squeeze out every bit of inspiration to make the audiences not blink for around two hours deserve special recognition. Due to the improvements in filming equipment, the 21st century has been especially fruitful with the best movies that particularly satisfy the audiences visually.
Here we have the best of the best.
Best Movies From 21st Century To Satisfy You Visually
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The violent eyegasm that is Mad Max: Fury Road simply had to be included on this list for the simple and adequate reason – it’s something never seen before. It’s a two-hour thrill ride set in a desert wasteland, yet every shot is breath-taking. The director George Miller actually wanted to make the movie black & white, but luckily the studio was right for once and didn’t allow it. The vibrant, strong colors, consistent in large chunks of the screen are in perfect sync with the epic music and the glorious, unique set-pieces. A great movie to be seen high, or on an IV, as we previously stated.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
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Of course, Wes Anderson movie had to be included on this list as he is perhaps the director that gives the most attention to the visual aspect of his stories. The Grand Budapest Hotel is surely his best movie, and one of the best movies of 2014, mostly because of the coherence between the visual and the character aspects of the movie. One wouldn’t work without the other. The Grand Budapest has Anderson’s signature symetrical shots, extremely vivid colors, rustic design, and a few visually different and abstract segments that remind of cartoons. All of which make this movie a delicious cake you must have a couple of times.
The Tree of Life (2011)
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Terrence Malick is a unique filmmaker that puts a lot of attention on the spiritual aspect of the characters and therefore, the movie. But he doesn’t neglect the visual side of his films. His desire to say a lot without too much diallogue is best evident in The Tree of Life, a complex, surreal movie that tackles eternal questions through the view of a Texas family. The camera flows to and around the characters hitting never before seen angles, and a whole 30 minute segment resembles big budget nature documentaries. One of a kind movie that is unjustifiably underrated.