Netflix's Original Movies for 2022 Feature Murder, Mystery, and Plenty of Laughs
Since its origins as a monthly DVD delivery service, Netflix has always had a penchant for pipedream-esque business plans. And, when the media company announced in 2017 that they wanted original content to make up half of their streaming library, people were surprised, and curious. But they put their money where their mouth was—investing $8 billion towards commissioning and producing original series and movies—and the rest is history.
In the time since, Netflix has put out, yes some Hallmark-esque fare, but exponentially more critically acclaimed films—including Oscar winners like Roma, Marriage Story, and Mank, to name a few. So far, we've had an equally exciting 2022 on the platform, with the likes of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Adam Project, and Munich: The Edge of War keeping subscribers entertained. When you're ready, here are the best movies Netlfix has made in 2022 so far.
Now, we're cheating a little bit, because Hustle doesn't hit Netflix until next week. But rest assured, we've seen Adam Sandler's new sports flick, where he plays a basketball scout who's so damn Philly that he wears a Federal Donuts sweatshirt. Rest assured, you're in for a treat.
Jackass Forever is precisely the organized chaos we needed earlier this year. So yeah, we were pretty excited when Jackass 4.5 hit Netflix, giving us all of (or at least most) of the footage that didn't make it into the theatrical cut.
A young woman awakens to discover that drunken photos of her from the night prior are circulating online. With no memory of the evening's occurrences, and her scholarship and reputation at stake, she must work to piece together the truth and clear her name. This Indonesian crime mystery provides just as much edge-of-your-seat suspense as it does compelling sociopolitical commentary.
This Is Not a Comedy
A listless comedian reaches a fork in the road when he finds himself at a dead-end in his stand-up career. One road leads to pursuing a romantic interest with dreams of intergalactic travel. On the other, his life long friend requests him to join her journey of parenthood by becoming her sperm donor.
Munich: The Edge of War
Based on the political novel of the same name by Robert Harris, Munich: The Edge of War follows a young British political aide who is assigned to obtain a confidential document from his old Oxford classmate—now a German diplomat. Traveling across enemy lines to Germany ahead of the Munich agreement, the fate of Europe, and the world, lies with him. That is, so long as his old peer is willing to shake hands.
Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet takes on the dystopian sci-fi genre with Bigbug, a film set in 2050 amidst a robot revolt. Following a group of suburbanites who are locked inside of their homes by their andraids, this dark comedy struck a chord with 2022 viewers.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Despite Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s multi-movie franchise, this 2022 addition serves as a direct sequel to the original 1974 film. Following a group of young people who plan to open a business in Harlow, Texas, the hopeful teens will soon be forced to reckon with the town’s bloody history–and potential future.
The Adam Project
With credits including Stranger Things and Night at the Museum, director Shawn Levy clearly has a knack for blending fantastical fiction with a family touch. His next film, The Adam Project, stars Mark Ruffalo and Ryan Reynolds in a unique time-traveling story about a pilot (Reynolds) who must travel back in time and work with his younger self to save his father (Ruffalo)–and the world.
Did you know that a Weekend at Bernie’s-esque gag was pulled off during WWII? No? Well, then, it’s time to watch Operation Mincemeat. Based on true events, Operation Mincemeat portrays the plan of two British intelligence officials to hide the 1943 Allied invasion of Sicily during WWII by planting false information on a dead man disguised as a Royal Marines officer. The cast includes Colin Firth, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Jason Isaacs, and more.
Romance is often mused about under the laws of gravity. We fall for lovers, being drawn to their gravitational pull, taking the leap into love. But what does love look like in a world where gravity doesn’t exist? Set in an imagined Tokyo after an explosion turns the city into a floating anti-gravity island, this animated film follows two teenagers who find one another amidst a world where all seems lost. From Death Note director Tetsur? Araki, this is a must-watch for anime and fantasy fans alike.
From: Esquire US