3 movies to watch before Poor Things, Emma Stone's Frankenstein reimagining

Get in the mood for what looks like 2024's best movie

Poor Things
(Image credit: Searchlight Pictures)

Poor Things is the new movie from Yorgos Lanthimos, arguably the most exciting director working in Hollywood today. The creator of The Favourite and The Lobster, looks to have created another unique film. 

Emma Stone stars as a young girl resurrected in a Frankenstein-like manner by a mad scientist (well I'm assuming he's mad because he's played by Willem Dafoe). With rave reviews and a 92% Rotten Tomatoes score it looks set to be a massive cinematic hit. If you also can't wait, here are three movies to catch before you go and see it, as well as which of the best streaming services to catch them on.

Oh and if you need more Emma Stone, her new Paramount Plus series The Curse is now streaming. 

1. The Favourite

  • Where? Disney+ (rent on Apple TV+ in the US)
  • Stars: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman

Another Yorgos Lanthimos creation, The Favourite stars the magnificent trio of Emma Stone (star of Poor Things), Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. It's a perfect example of Lanthimos' unique style, deadpan humour and storytelling. 

With Queen Anne (Colman) in ill health, the film follows Stone and Weisz competing to be the increasingly esoteric monarch's favourite consort, and essentially the true wielder of the throne's power. The two are not afraid to get dirty to disgrace the other and get the upper hand. It's a genuinely hilarious and disturbing movie that very much looks to match the tone of Poor Things

Stone was actually offered the lead role in Poor Things while filming this movie and it makes sense. Her performance is exceptional, (and her British accent is actually really good) but so too are Colman and Weisz. 

2. The Lighthouse 

  • Where? Buy or rent on Apple TV+ or Sky (Streaming on Fubo in the US)
  • Stars: Robert Pattison, Willem Dafoe

Starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattison, The Lighthouse is a visually striking horror movie that I think has a similar vibe to the aesthetic of Poor Things. It's a beautifully artificial setup. The similarities don't end there. Much like Poor Things has clear influences from Frankenstein, The Lighthouse is based on the work of another 19th-century writer. Edgar Allen Poe. 

Admittedly this is not a movie for the faint-hearted but it's so difficult not to get wrapped up in the central performances and overwhelming sense of eerieness throughout this movie. You just know it's not going to end well. We need more unique stories like this from Hollywood rather than just pumping out sequels to long-running franchises. 

3. Coraline

  • Where? ITVX (Max in the US) 
  • Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French

Neil Gaiman's iconic story also makes for a great movie. Coraline and Poor Things lead Bella both seem to have an excitement for the world and fresh eyes (not buttons) to take everything in. 

Directed by The Nightmare Before Christmas' Henry Selick, Coraline is a spooky tale following the titular nine-year-old girl who discovers a portal to another world in her apartment. Coraline herself has an earnestness and inquisitive nature that is refreshing, but things are not quite right in the other dimension. Her mother is there, but not exactly the same as in our world. 

If you've not read the book you're missing out, but even if you have, the movie is sufficiently different to be worth a watch. 

Poor Things Release Date 

Those in the US have been given an early Christmas present with the movie launching on the 8th of December. UK and Ireland fans will have to wait a whole year (ok a month) with a January 12th (2024!) release. Spare a thought for those in Australia however who need to stay patient until January 18th. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.