With the changing habits of modern humans, plenty of shallow films that seem to need stupidity and exaggeration are getting more common day by day.
Even though sometimes it feels like this kind of garbage is more easy to consume, there are still bright directors who make delightful movies that are powered by wit, and that offer a pure sense of humor and a joyful cinematic experience. And they prove that aside from its great impact, cinema can be great, quality entertainment.
Here is the list of the most entertaining movies of the 21st century that provide upbeat and diverse entertainment.
10. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Martin Scorsese is one of the most successful directors in American cinema. His funny, dynamic, and immersive masterpiece “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which pushes the limits of all extremes in the sex-money-drug equation, is the prominent proof of his exciting cinematic language.
It tells the story of the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, the founder of the well-known investment company Stratton Oakmont. He becomes very rich in a short period of time and challenges Wall Street in the early ‘90s.
Like with “Goodfellas” (1990) and “Casino” (1995), he perfectly converts a biographical crime film into a biographical crime comedy. Scorsese reveals the other side of American society – the wolf packs in the New York stock market. And the wild war between them, their ambitions, and extreme events offers intense entertainment.
This brilliant modern-day mafia story was adapted by Terence Winter, from an autobiographical novel by Jordan Belfort. Like with HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Winter helps Scorsese to create a very realistic and rigid crime world.
Despite its three-hour run time, it’s far from boring thanks to its fast rhythm and masterful editing.
9. WALL-E (2008)
The importance of Pixar in the development of the animation genre is an undeniable fact. And one of their best WALL-E demonstrates this impact.
The most important hobby of the robot WALL-E, who spends its time collecting garbage and placing them in appropriate places, is finding interesting antiques while collecting garbage. It accumulates these antiques in its private section of the container in which it lives. WALL-E’s only friend is a cockroach. The life of the robot turns upside down by the arrival of a giant spaceship coming from the sky and a female robot.
“WALL-E” elaborates on the society of loneliness, love, friendship, and consumption culture through a garbage disposal robot that humanity has left behind. It masterfully manages to be funny and touching at the same time. It also makes important comments about the damage to the natural environment created by the human species.
In short, “WALL-E” is an unforgettable adventure that can be enjoyed from beginning to end, and is quite enjoyable with its sharp humor and thought-provoking atmosphere.
8. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
In “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, Joel and Ethan Coen were inspired by “The Odyssey,” the classic work of Homer. They turn this into a tragicomic story of an outlaw in 1920’s America.
Ulysses Everett McGill is a notorious convicted offender in prison, but he soon plans to escape. Determined to come out of this hole at any cost, McGill convinces two prisoners that he would find the $1 million treasure he had buried before being sentenced. Inevitably, plenty of strangeness occurs on the journey of these three men.
The wonderful acting of George Clooney, John Goodman, and John Turturro takes the film to the next level. With the mastery of the past-tense aesthetic and the gorgeous wide shots from Roger Deakins, it becomes one of the most visually successful films ever.
Giving a different and quite entertaining view on America’s Great Depression, this screwball comedy is very enjoyable to watch. Thanks to the Coens’ whimsicality and unique humor, it is hypnotic and outrageously inventive.
7. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
“Seven Psychopaths” is a quite funny and unconventional film. Martin Mcdonagh (“In Bruges,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) creates plenty of hilarious characters and plays with them in an absurd way.
Marty is a writer who tries to write down his book called ‘Seven Psychopaths.’ With his crazy friends, he kidnaps a Shih-Tzu dog for a ransom. But the dog is owned by a psychopath and a notorious gangster… and these three buddies inevitably join into a rather dangerous and hilarious game in the underworld.
This amazing film also has an all-star cast with Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Abbie Cornish, Christopher Walken, Michael Stuhlbarg, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Waits, Gabourey Sidibe, and Olga Kurylenko.
“Seven Psychopaths” is one of the most entertaining works of the 21st century with its Tarantino-like explosive atmosphere, delightful lines, fluency of lateral stories, and great music.
6. Wild Tales (2014)
“Wild Tales” is a kind of thriller-comedy that transitions between species, adorned with absurd elements. It’s a delicious, extreme, and hilarious masterpiece produced by Pedro Almodovar and directed by Damian Szifron.
The film tells us what will come out as a result of the unexpected reactions of individuals who are against the injustices we face in everyday life. The scenario technique that we are accustomed to seeing recently and which has become traditional is an intersection of different stories. And we’re supposed to think, “Wow, what a small world.” But “Wild Tales” puts a lot of effort into doing the opposite. It comes up with six completely independent stories. Revenge is the dominant feeling in these delightful and dranged stories.
“Wild Tales,” which includes degeneration, decay, and injustice, simply brings out the notion that we will not suffer from a bit of madness. The characters show us how the existing rules or the normal course of life can change as we delve and expand upon the boundaries.
It is located in a very special and different place among most anthology films. It doesn’t allow you to get bored for even a moment. “Wild Tales” is absolutely the most entertaining film of this era, an insanely funny ride that takes anger into the focus and explores the extreme points of human behavior.