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Hold the phone: The two must-watch movies currently on Netflix Instant.

If you have a Netflix subscription, I’m about to give you some of the best advice you’re likely to hear all day long.

Here are the two movies currently streaming on Netflix Instant that are, in my opinion, required viewing.

  • The Iron Giant (PG, 86 minutes – featuring the voices of Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Christopher McDonald and Vin Diesel)

For his first animated feature, Brad Bird (best known for his directorial work on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and last December’s blockbuster sequel Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol)  helmed this whimsical-yet-poignant tale about a boy and his gigantic robot. I’ve always had a soft spot for the “boy and his dog” genre, but to me, The Iron Giant does it better than most. Before I get overly sentimental, not many films have impacted me the way The Iron Giant has. By providing a Cold War era small town backdrop, the film brilliantly infuses the time’s paranoia of the unknown with its tried-and-true plot-line in a way that naturally strikes your emotions. The Iron Giant captures childhood innocence and wonder to a degree of rare beauty.

  •  Toy Story 3* (G, 102 minutes – featuring the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen)

Another animated title? Say it ain’t so! Well, if you have any vague idea about the Toy Story series, you’ll know what I mean. I’ve talked extensively about this gem on various platforms over the past year and a half or so, so forgive me for keeping this brief. Toy Story 3 is a near-perfect film. It’s a film that has received critical acclaim in a way that not many titles have. It’s the perfect ending (?) to one of the best franchises of all time.

*The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2011. 

There are plenty of other fine films available on Instant that I’ll cover in later weeks, but for now, here are the two I can’t recommend enough.

So, what do you think? Have you seen either of these films?  Do you wish to agree or disagree? Leave a reply, and let’s get a discussion going.

Also, do you have a film that you would like to see reviewed that’s currently on Netflix Instant? Leave a comment and let me know. I’ll feature it with next week’s post.

Until then, may your popcorn be fresh and your movies wonderful.

The Instant Critic