In retrospect, visually stunning films are a result of a dynamic production team. When the director maintains an open line communications with the art department, then the film not only creates a good narrative but also gives audiences a visual thrill ride as well. Take for example the late Robin Williams movie What Dreams May Come, it was revered by artists everywhere and went on to win Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 71st Academy Awards.
So today, ExploreTalent is listing down some of the most visually stunning films of the 21st century in no definitive order. Find out if your top picks made it to the list below.
Visually Stunning Films Released in the 2010s
5. Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
The documentary type shots in Blue Is the Warmest Color portrays the raw feeling of being in a relationship. There’s a lot of light hues throughout the film, but the cold “blue” in the title is the one that represents the feeling of love and lost the most.
4. Life of Pi (2012)
Life of Pi truly pushed the boundaries of computer animation, that’s why it is often regarded as one of the most visually stunning films of the 21st century. One of the biggest highlights of the movie was the computer-generated environment that was a feast for the senses. Director Ang Lee created the stunning shots by having the camera float in the water, making it seem like the audiences are actually in the ocean with cast.
3. Spring Breakers (2012)
Harmony Korine is known for his dark and eccentric films. When he teamed up with cinematographer Benoit Debie, who is known for being the brain behind Rihanna‘s music video for “Bitch Better Have My Money,” they were bound to create a film that depicted the dark side of modern pop culture. Spring Breakers may be filled with neon signs and bikini clad shots, but underneath it all is an ugly life of crime, drugs, and bad company. Korine and Debie did an excellent job in representing all of that in the movie, and the well-sequenced shots make it a film really worth watching.
2. Her (2013)
In the movie Her, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is constantly dressed in pastel hues, but he lives in a bland world obsessed with technology. That shot alone says a lot about the tone of the film, and as soon as Theodore builds a relationship with the LED-lit technology named Sam, the colors of his surroundings begin to change as well.
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Robert Yeoman and Wes Anderson make a powerhouse team. The duo is responsible for bringing to audiences the visually stunning films Moonrise Kingdom and The Royal Tenenbaums, and their most recent film, The Grand Budapest, did not disappoint. The amount of work required to make each shot is carefully calculated and they both have managed to stick to a certain color palette in all of their joint projects.