These days too many movies neglect the importance of how they look, the overall aesthetic. Some movies adopt a thick, gray visual scheme, while others are merely flat-looking. Sloppy, tangled, indecipherable hand-held camera work is also a trend, as are movies smothered in sludgy, smeary digital effects.
Happily, several new movies streaming this week have great visuals at the fore, and feature specific, highly skilled, highly pleasing cinematic imagery. Two of them are shot in black-and-white, yet succeed in being totally distinct. One is dreamy, the other nightmarish. Three others are set largely outdoors and make beautiful, dramatic use of their earthy exteriors.
Two are horror films that use bright colors and imaginative set design to convey their unholy chills. Two sci-fi movies provide uncharacteristically vibrant designs, suggesting the positive possibilities of exploring space. Finally, we have three lightweight comedies that focus on brightness and color to lift the mood. Whatever your preferred genre, there’s a good-looking movie here that’s sure to please.