The biographical survival film Society of the Snow, which received a great rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is Netflix’s first big hit of 2024.
Netflix is off to a great start in 2024 with its survival biopic, Society of the Snow, which has received positive reviews from both reviewers and viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. The terrifying actual story of a group of young men who miraculously survived a plane accident and were left for 72 days in the Andes Mountains is retold in the biographical film directed by J.A. Bayona. The 52-year-old tale has been repeated and adapted numerous times before, but Bayona’s poignant and terrifying dramatisation has brought it back into the public eye. A large cast, including Enzo Vogrincic Roldán, Matías Recalt, Agustín Pardella, Tomas Wolf, and others, make up the Society of the Snow.
Rotten Tomatoes now lists Society of the Snow’s reviews from critics and viewers. Based on 110 reviews, the film currently has a strong 90% critical score on the review aggregator website. With an audience score of nearly 86% based on more than 250 reviews, audiences appear to be mostly in accord with critics. One of Netflix’s first big hits of 2024, the survival film was hailed by both critics and viewers for its sensitive tone, motivational themes, and masterful narrative.
How Society Of The Snow Takes Advantage Of Netflix’s Greatest Advantage
Given that Society of the Snow has a lot of promise heading into awards season, it might accomplish more for Netflix than just garner positive reviews. The Netflix biography is already shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars and has received nominations for the Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Netflix would have won Best International Film for the second consecutive year if it were to secure a final Academy Award nomination in the same category and possibly win on Oscar night. The streamer won three major Oscars last year, including Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Cinematography, for his epic war film All Quiet on the Western Front.
Society of the Snow continues Netflix’s tradition of creating and releasing highly regarded foreign films. Roma, the first Mexican film to win Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, was also a result of the streamer’s work. The Hater from Poland and Gangubai Kathiawadi from India are just two of the streamer’s many other international hits. Since Netflix is accessible in more than 190 countries and needs to appeal to a wide range of users, it is not unexpected that the streaming service has made significant investments in foreign and international cinema.
The popularity of Netflix’s original foreign films around the world suggests that attitudes towards diversity in the TV and film industries are evolving. This has been a consistent pattern over the last ten years, as evidenced by the success of the Telugu-language film RRR in 2022 and the 2019 Korean film Parasite, which became the first-ever foreign film to win Best Picture. Because of this, the success of Society of the Snow might encourage the streamer to make further investments in its international programming.
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