Befriending the leading man from “The Lighthouse” and “Twilight” has its perks. You get to see lots of his cool movies for free!
Recently, we were lucky enough to gain unfiltered access to the personal collection of the Twilight actor. Between picking his brain about Hollywood and getting to enjoy some of his latest releases, it was an unforgettable experience. So let’s take a look at his movies released on Netflix and which ones you should avoid.
Movies on Netflix To Try
Pattinson’s profile on Netflix is almost as impressive as his acting resume. The streaming service’s latest addition to their growing stable of films was only released last year but has already made its mark. The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated flicks of the year and its trailer alone has racked up millions of views on YouTube. So if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch the trailer now! (No. 1 on our list.)
Movies On Netflix To Avoid
On the other hand, if you’ve been meaning to catch up on your streaming movie options, then these are the titles you shouldn’t waste your time with. (No. 2 on our list.)
Why These Two Films?
As we mentioned above, the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises is pretty incredible. The footage alone will have you wanting more. But beyond the amazing CGI and Batman’s return to his former glories, there’s also something else going on in the film. Something more personal for Warner Bros. The studio is in the midst of transitioning from the DC to the standalone cinematic universe, which is why they’re seemingly putting a greater focus on the Dark Knight Saga as a whole. In The Dark Knight Rises, we see the culmination of Batman’s previous adventures. The film’s climax takes place in an echo of the London riots of a few years back. The Joker’s twisted scheme is to set the fires and chaos to spark a revolution against Batman and the corrupt police force. Naturally, the Dark Knight doesn’t go down without a fight and an uneasy peace settles over Gotham City.
In contrast, Pattinson’s latest offering, Beautiful Bones, sees him finally stepping out of his Twilight comfort zone. After a five-year break from filmmaking, Pattinson returned with a vengeance. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and despite some mixed reviews, it’s currently sitting at a 61% on Rotten Tomatoes. The premise is fairly simple: a young, naive girl, Alice (Summer Bishil), unwittingly opens a tomboyish tomb hidden beneath a traditional Japanese garden. What follows is a battle of wits and wills as Alice tries to unravel the mysteries of the ancient warrior within the container, and the living legend that resides there. In the process, she discovers a magical power she never knew she had.
Although these are two very different films, they’ve got something in common. Neither truly offers a satisfying conclusion. Whether it’s the case of The Dark Knight Rises or Beautiful Bones, when it comes to a movie series, we usually want to know what happens next. Can Bruce Wayne finally return to being the white knight? Does Alice finally vanquish the evil inside her? Who lives? Who dies? It’s what drives us to find out how films end, and although both series have plenty more to offer, these two don’t quite cut it.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
If you’re unfamiliar, The Dark Knight Rises is the final installment in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie trilogy. Although part of a popular film series, this is actually the final part of a five-part story arc chronicling the Dark Knight’s early years. Like most of the other films, The Dark Knight Rises spends a lot of its runtime in darkened rooms where moody music plays and shadowy figures skulk about. For such a serious movie, it is extremely dark. Very few lights are on during the day, let alone at night. To put it simply, it doesn’t get any darker than it is. If you’ve seen any of the previous films, then you know exactly what we mean. It’s incredibly atmospheric and worth seeing on the big screen just to feel the dread that seeps from the shadows.
Since its premiere, The Dark Knight Rises has been touted as one of the greatest movie series finales of all time. And it truly is. The final act is an epic battle between Batman and the Joker. As the Joker gloats, “I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time”, it sets the stage for an incredibly tense stand-off. Then, in a grand finale, the Dark Knight fires a retinue of deadly missiles into the Clown Prince of Crime. As the screen goes black and the music swells to a thunderous close, the image of a smirking Joker lingers in the darkness.
That sums up the trilogy. So what is our verdict? Is Pattinson right about Twilighters and Dark Knights falling out of favor? We’d have to say, it’s a case of “sort of”. Although these are still some of the most popular films and franchises of all time, the critical response to the final installment of the Dark Knight cycle has been decidedly mixed. Criticism focused on the plot contrivance of having Batman’s arch-nemesis – the Joker – be the one responsible for bringing him back to justice. Many felt that having the Dark Knight fight the Joker served as a cheap cop out. And although it’s an ending that many considered “perfect”, it still wasn’t met with universal acclaim.
If you agree that The Dark Knight Rises is one of the best installments in a trilogy, then it’s safe to say that you’ll also enjoy the other movies in the series. The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) are two of the most popularly reviewed films of all time, boasting a 92% and an 83% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to being two of the most acclaimed comic book movies ever made, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises were also the basis for two of the biggest Broadway musicals of all time, Batman: The Musical and Joker: A Musical. So if you’ve got a hunch that this is one series that you’ll want to see concluded, then fear not. The wait for the answer is almost over.
Beautiful Bones (2018)
In our opinion, it’s not a case of “either/or” when it comes to Twilighters and Dark Knights. Although the two are somewhat at odds with one another, they each have their place in pop culture. Still, it’s fair to say that if you’re new to either fandom, then you might not know what to expect. Or, at least, what you should avoid. So let’s consider the source. Beautiful Bones was written and directed by John Wick star, Keanu Reeves. As the title suggests, the movie is set in the mystical, somewhat archaic world of Japanese aesthetics. It tells the story of Yuki (Anna Konkolya), a strong, independent young woman who returns to her childhood home of Kyoto to care for her ailing father. There, she discovers a dangerous secret buried within the family tombs. Before she can uncover the mystery, she’s abducted by a gang of ninja and locked within the bowels of a secret crypt. Now, with the help of a wisecracking crow, she must escape the relentless pursuit of the evil shinobi and save her father – and the entire city – from certain doom.
Unlike most of the other films on this list, Beautiful Bones is not part of a cinematic universe or series. Weighing in at a lean 63 minutes, the movie is essentially a stand-alone. Although it’s not essential that you’ve seen the anime series, Genshin Impact, before tuning in to this one, much of the dialogue and references will still be new and quite the treat for fans of the popular franchise. The first season of Genshin Impact, which translates to “Super Impact”, is currently available to stream on Netflix and holds the unique distinction of being the only anime series to be released in both physical and digital format.