I’m a sucker for visually stunning movies. I love spending two hours just eyegasming on the colors, shapes and sounds that are just in the right combination. I feel like my favourite movies are divided into two types: 1) Movies that have an exciting premise, has a twisty-turny and uniquely thrilling plot that really makes you think, and 2) Movies with a slow story that are beautifully made, focusing more on the setting and the cinematography than the story itself. It is rare that a movie falls into both categories (*ahem* Christopher Nolan *ahem*). However I often find movies that are beautiful to look at, but after a while, because of the slow pacing and the not-much-going-on in the story, it becomes boring and forgettable. Some of those movies are Lady Macbeth and Tree of Life, to name a few.
Here are my selection of movies that might not be both amazingly shot and has an incredible story, but movies that are like music to the ears but for your eyes, that also won’t bore you to death. (PS: these aren’t ranked in any particular order)
The Light Between Oceans
I mentioned this movie recently on a post and I just have to include this again in this list. It’s a beautiful story with great cast, but what I think was showcased frequently here is the panoramic view of the ocean and the beach. It’s just so calming and the colors just burst out of the scenes, making the story even more enjoyable than it already is.
This movie is a recent Oscar win, and again what I love most about the movie is the colors. So many of the scenes in the movie have such a large range of colors and it’s just beautiful to watch, especially in the big screen in 3D. Additionally, though the story is far from slow, it is very moving and filled with wonder.
Manchester by the Sea
Another ocean-related movie, yes please! Can you tell that I love the sea? Manchester by the Sea was highly praised, though with all the buzz regarding Casey Affleck did slightly ruin the movie for me. But, this is an excellent example of a very slow movie with not much going on in the story itself, but advertises the scenery and the beautiful cinematography instead. It has a lot of water, and plenty of gorgeous negative space, which I adore. With great camerawork, a hint of humor here and there, and of course aided by the wonderful acting from everyone in the cast, this movie was far from boring, in my opinion.
It’s been ages since I watched this classic Wes Anderson movie, but I remember distinctly loving this movie because of all the symmetry, the colors, and how your eyes are always glued to the screen throughout the entire film. Of course I could’ve added The Grand Budapest Hotel in this list instead, but I feel like Moonrise Kingdom holds a unique place in my heart, probably because it was my first Wes Anderson movie. However, with its unique “out-there” story and sophisticated dialogues, this film is far from boring. Not to mention, the entire movie’s color palette is just gorgeous, everything is just so aesthetically pleasing.
Short Term 12
I have not heard a lot of people mention this movie in real life and on the internet, but I watched it randomly a few years back and really enjoyed it. It’s one of the more slow, heartfelt movies that is probably not for everyone, but this is also one of the movies that are very touching because of the themes it discusses and because of its actors. Brie Larson is wonderful here, and the entire color tones exhibited in the scenes were also wonderful, and stuck with me for a long time.
Another movie that doesn’t get a lot of hype in the internet, but I adored this movie when I first watched it. Filled with vibrant colors and amazing (though slightly absurd) scenes and eccentric locations, this movie’s story is quite slow primarily. However the colors (again, I must emphasise on the vibrance of this movie) and the scenes are just beautiful to look at, and not boring at all because of the well rounded characters.
- Master of None (one of the few beautifully stunning TV shows that are not boring)
- Moonlight (colors, yet again)
- Kimi No Na Wa (that amount of detail!)
- Black Panther (all the beautiful fantastical locations)
- Wind River (the contrast between the white of the snow and the people are A++)
- Mad Max: Fury Road (colors abound, despite the fact that it’s set in the desert)
Movies that beautiful but on the verge of being boring
- High-Rise (slow story, but beautiful cinematography)
- Certain Women (unique movie style, but dialogues were slow)
- The Tale of Princess Kaguya (wonderfully illustrated)
- Hannibal (sometimes a slight too much attention to detail and slow-motion)
- Carol (beautiful muted colors and beautiful story overall)
What are your favourite slow-paced movies that are also visually stunning? Don’t hesitate to comment down below!