Since the nationwide lockdown has started, it is becoming increasingly hard to combat being bored within our own little premises. COVID-19 has posed unexpected challenges and unique situations for many of us, as we are only allowed to go out for work, essential shopping or one physical exercise outing per day. Let’s be honest; we are, and should spend most of our day at home, alone. Nevertheless, with that a significant amount of time is becoming free in our calendar. Given this situation, and speaking of being ‘Home Alone’ here are 5 movies of various genres, which I saw recently and recommend watching during quarantine!
#1 – Parasite (2019)
Four Academy Awards and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language – just to mention the most important successes of the well-known South Korean black comedy thriller. The film is about a poor family of four who are all positioning themselves as employees of a wealthy and rich household by faking their identities and personalities. However, as always, major plot twists can happen when people are not those who they are claiming to be… Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite (at least for me) is about social inequality, wealth and poverty, shame, respect and humiliation.
#2 – The Italian Job (2003)
A very well-planned robbery in Venice, pictured in a thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland, and many more famous faces. A team of six steals a safe from a guarded house in Venice, Italy, containing a large amount of gold bricks. However, when it comes to sharing the loot, unexpected circumstances will arise, and a traitor emerges from within the team. For the rest, it is time for revenge…
#3 – Ocean’s 8 (2018)
Another robbery, this time executed by exclusively women, featuring an ensemble cast, among others Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, and Helena Bonham Carter. Led by Debbie Ocean (the sister of the famous thief, Danny Ocean – George Clooney – from Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13) a group of highly skilled women prepares a heist at the Met Gala with a necklace, worth millions of dollars at stake. The outcome cannot be known until the very end. And what is it going to be – prison or success?
#4 – 1917 (2019)
Taking place over 100 years ago, the film of Sam Mendes (Golden Globe winner of 2020) pictures the voyage of two British soldiers in the first World War. The two cadets have to deliver an important strategic message through enemy territory as soon as possible in order to draw the attention of their fellow soldiers to a possible trap. Making the situation worse but also more exciting is that one of the main characters’ brother is on duty in the affected territory.
#5 – The Last Summer (2019)
Starring Riverdale star KJ Apa, The Last Summer is one of Netflix’s newest romantic comedies. It is pretty relatable to watch with the summer break ahead as the film pictures the last summer, high school friends spend together before spreading across all over the world to different universities. The story goes on multiple lines with several relationships and friendships ceasing or evolving. Even some of their parents get involved. Jealousy over universities, problems with summer jobs, the trouble of finding a girlfriend, cheating, and of course a cute, long love story – all can be found in the film. There is no particular moral in the film and no deep thoughts are provoked, but for those who are wishing to see an easy romantic comedy with a glass of lemonade in the garden on a sunny spring day, I totally recommend to watch.