Top 5 best drama movies of all time
The movie "Parasite" can be considered a special work for individuals and the global film community. From its impressive 8-minute performance at the Cannes Film Festival in France to winning the prestigious Palme d'Or, it was the first recognition for a South Korean film on the world cinema stage. "Parasite" has captured the interest of discerning viewers and everyday entertainment film enthusiasts alike. The story, while complex, is not unfamiliar. When watching this film, viewers are drawn into every detail, from suspenseful moments to head-shaking surprises, then laughter, and finally, a sense of pain and empathy.
When "Parasite" was released in Vietnam, showtimes were quickly sold out, becoming a hot discussion topic on social media. Therefore, if cinema is a means of conveying a message about humanity, "Parasite" has done that excellently. It is a work deeply connected to the souls of the audience and deserves praise.
"Parasite" is a rare drama that Jamlos praises so highly. Jamlos believes that this film undoubtedly holds the number one position in your list of favorite cinema releases!
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is an extremely fascinating movie, not only for its humorous and laugh-inducing plot but also for being a meticulously crafted cinematic work. When creating this film, Martin Scorsese was over 70 years old. The work adopts a satirical style with a fast-paced, daring, and captivating narrative, demonstrating that Scorsese still possesses a wealth of creative energy.
One of the key factors contributing to the success of this film is the performance of the main cast. Acting is the most important element for many when evaluating a cinematic work. The first name to mention is Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, and the remarkable transformation by Matthew McConaughey. It's truly regrettable that DiCaprio missed out on the Oscar for Best Actor, given his outstanding and truly hair-raising performance.
The film runs for 3 hours, filled with laughter, enthusiastic applause, and perhaps life lessons for those who are also caught up in the pursuit of wealth. The film is rich in its use of the word "fuck," features numerous sensitive images, and employs uncompromising language, so you should consider this before watching it!
3. Call Me By Your Name
"Call Me By Your Name" is a film adaptation of the romantic novel of the same name by author André Aciman, who is also the director, screenwriter, and producer of the film.
The movie tells the story of a same-sex romance between two characters, Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer). Elio is a 17-year-old young man with a delicate beauty, and an introspective nature resembling Greek sculptures – uncultured and beautiful, with musical talent and a passion for reading that makes everyone want to get to know him. One of the people he captivates is Oliver, a robust and handsome American graduate student in archaeology with a Jewish heritage who fascinates everyone including Elio. Despite doubts and anxieties, they come together, but eventually, Oliver must leave the Italian summer, the poems, the sounds of musical instruments, and, most importantly, Elio. This love story ends abruptly, leaving the audience and Elio with questions about the future.
This is undoubtedly a dramatic film about a romantic love story set in the remote Italian countryside that has touched the hearts of many.
4. La La Land
"La La Land" is a classic drama film that tells a love story through the medium of musical theater. It is an outstanding work by director Damien Chazelle, and it received praise from the moment it was released until the memorable Oscar stage mishap and beyond.
Set in the enchanting city often described as a young girl in love, Los Angeles, "La La Land" captivates its audience from the first five minutes with its spirited "opening" sequence. While hundreds of cars are stuck in a traffic jam, seemingly frozen in gridlock, suddenly, the people inside the cars burst out with enthusiasm. One by one, they step out of their vehicles and join in a synchronized dance to the lively tune of "Another Day of Sun." The two main characters in the story are Seb (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) – two individuals with shy dreams and artistic aspirations. Their footsteps glide like skaters on the endless melodies of "Someone In The Crowd" and "City of Stars."
Love, the thrills, and the passion for life remain intact through a rosy lens while simultaneously lifting the two characters beyond the earthly realm. Despite being somewhat whimsical and surreal, this work conveys a meaningful message about youth and the idea that love is the most enchanting miracle that nature has bestowed upon us. This is undoubtedly a dramatic film that will keep you glued to the screen, especially for those with a passion for music and a list of classic songs.
5. Dad, I’m Sorry
"Dad, I’m Sorry" is set in a working-class neighborhood in the heart of Saigon and features an independent story with a diverse cast of characters compared to the original version. The film does not follow a distinct storyline but instead presents everyday, relatable snapshots. The narrative perspective is centered around Ba Sang (Trấn Thành), a single father who takes on various jobs to support his two children. He is a generous and helpful person, even to those in the neighborhood who despise him. He is willing to shoulder troubles and is ready to spend tens of millions of dong to rescue his younger brother from debt collectors. In contrast to the father is Quắn (Tuấn Trần), a self-reliant son who does not care about those around him.
Without a rich plot, the film excels in its realistic and relatable dialogue, which resonates with the Vietnamese audience. The film also incorporates philosophical and Buddhist-inspired lines to enrich the director's ideas, as exemplified by a character's words at the end of the film: "Restore balance to all things. There must be suffering for there to be beauty." This is undoubtedly a popular Vietnamese drama that you shouldn't miss!