Pass the popcorn, hot dog, nachos and pick n mix cos cinema thrills here I come! Nothing is quite the same as that immersive feeling of stuffing your face next to hundreds of other strangers stuffing their face. Sorry, I meant, nothing’s quite the same as gazing at a gigantic screen to watch action/love scenes/impressive vistas in full technicolour. Streaming platforms have been a welcome substitute too but with restrictions easing, cinemas will be the first stop for many of us. Thanks to countless filming and release date delays, 2021 is providing us with some great entertainment. Let’s delve into what we can look forward to over the coming months…
Two childhood best friends reunite after one of them invests in a treatment that can harness superpowers. Granted, it sounds like a silly farce but this year, of all years, we can do with some farcical storylines. Starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, the two join forces to become an unlikely crime-fighting duo who take down the city’s supervillains. This exciting combo guarantee great on-screen chemistry. Written and directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed Tammy and Life of the Party it promises lots of gut-wrenching laughs and a little escape of pee so be warned! Jason Bateman (The Gift, Identity Thief) co-stars along with Bobby Cannavale (boardwalk Empire, Mr Robot). Streaming on Netflix from the 9th of April.
Last Night in Soho
Director Edgar Wright is exploring the world of psychological horror through this gory film about a young girl with a passion for fashion, played by Anna Taylor-Joy, who has the ability to enter 1960s London. Very Midnight in Paris. Taylor-Joy is killing it with her recent Golden Globe win for The Queen’s Gambit. She is also no stranger to horror after her strong performance in The Witch and is a personal favourite of mine so I’m awaiting her performance with sweet anticipation. The story follows the girl meeting her idol before realising that London is not what it seems as time begins to fall apart. The film also stars the talented Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and upcoming actress, Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit) so promises some great performances. With intriguing story and talented cast, it’s lining up to be a future cult classic. Available online from the 23rd of April.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4
June gave up her chance of freedom to save the other girls and look for her daughter. The controversial series, based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, picks up on that cliff-hanger from the previous season. We follow the story of the resistance who fight against an oppressive world where the birth rate is plummeting drastically and women are used as vessels to produce babies by basically, being raped. The trailer for this season highlights that there are more twists and turns ahead to keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The talented Elisabeth Moss is continuing her role as June Osborne along with Yvonne Strahoyski as Serena Joy and Ann Dowd as evil Aunt Lydia. On Hulu from the 28th of April.
Not a surprise that La La Land’s Emma Stone rocks the leather ‘I am woman, hear me roar’ look. This action prequel is set in 1970s London during the punk revolution. We see the origin of rebellious Cruella de Ville, played by Golden Globe winning Ms Stone, starting out in the world of fashion. Disney have been taking childhood favourites and giving them a modern twist and fans have been slurping it up. Men in Black’s Emma Thompson plays an intimidating fashion legend who prompts Cruella’s wicked behaviour. Mark Strong also stars in the film, giving us the Devil Wears Prada experience. Brilliant, bad and mad, Cruella will be available to watch on Disney + and cinemas from the 28th of May.
A Quiet Place Part 2
Shhhh! Don’t move. Unless you’ve brought some sand to sprinkle on the ground then don’t even budge to read this. The highly anticipated sequel to John Krasinski’s, A Quiet Place (2018) finally has a release date. Starring Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, the horror continues on from the events of the first film that, let’s face it, screened the biggest horror scene ever watching Ms Blunt’s character in labour. The Abbot family are forced to travel with the new-born baby in search of survivors. They are aware of the greater terrors that lie beyond the sand path that they had grown accustomed to but having never been told ‘Don’t Stray From the Path’ what’ya gotta do? I’m not a massive horror fan but this is a great watch as it’s more thrill than scare. Perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to watch cult classics like The Grudge. From the trailer, we see some flashbacks to a pre-creature world which will be interesting to explore. A Quiet Place Part 2 comes to cinemas on the 28th of May.
The Woman in the Window
This psychological thriller gives me major ‘Girl on the Train’ vibes. An isolated woman watches a seemingly perfect family until something sinister occurs. Agoraphobic Dr Anna Fox, played by Amy Adams, witnesses a disturbance that leads to the disappearance of her neighbour. Adams portrays the self-doubt of a gaslighting victim in an incredibly raw manner. Give this woman the Oscar she deserves already! This film has suffered like many others due to the COVID-19 pandemic – it was originally a 20th Century Fox Production but the rights were sold to Netlflix after its release was delayed then eventually cancelled. But I’m glad its still found a way to our screens. The strong cast includes Gary Oldman and Julianna Moore. Streaming on Netflix from the 14th of May.
Army of the Dead
Director Zack Synder’s gone all zombie on us. Thanks to a story he wrote and a script he co-wrote, we’re treated to a post-apocalyptic scene in the wake of a zombie outbreak in Vegas. A group of mercenaries risk it all to pull of an epic heist. Starring Guardians of the Galaxy’s, Dave Bautista and Narco’s, Ana de la Reguera it looks promising. After the release of Synder’s Justice League cut, there is a new excitement and thirst for his visionary work so I think we can expect earnest characters combined with intense action scenes. His experience with superhero films sets him up well for tackling this genre. Available on Netflix from the 21st of May.
by Eva Curran