Ah, 2021! What a welcome year you are. The ongoing pandemic has rocked the entertainment world, with many films pushed back by studios for fear of low profits and empty cinemas. Production was halted, and the dedicated crews who make our cinema dreams come true were left floating in a state of limbo as the industry tried to sort itself out. But, without jinxing anything, the film industry has found new and creative ways to produce and release films. And with things looking up in so many countries (sorry USA), the cinematic release is once again appealing to studios. So, here is a roundup of the films we are most excited to see in cinemas in 2021!
Fans of the original horror from 1992 will appreciate the dedication and care that has gone into Nia DaCosta’s remake of the sticky, suspenseful thriller. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II stars in what is slated to be another pinnacle of modern horror from the mind of producer Jordan Peele. To tide you over, check out other Peele-produced horrors like Get Out and Us, and enjoy DaCosta’s acclaimed thriller Little Woods. Or say you-know-who’s name 5 times.
Space Jam: A New Legacy
This big kid is super excited for the next instalment of the Space Jam Cinematic Universe (henceforth known as the SJCU). LeBron James joins the Looney Tunes for their newest cosmic basketball venture in what is bound to be a hit of nostalgia direct to the brain. This expansion of the SJCU will be released on HBO Max and in cinemas worldwide.
It just would not be a “most anticipated movies of 2021” list without Denis Villaneuve’s long-awaited adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel Dune. The film’s release was originally postponed, but audiences can expect to see the epic story of young Duke Paul Atreides brought to the big screen on October 1st, with a simultaneous home release on HBO Max.
Hey, remember when Tom Hanks got COVID? He was filming Elvis! Currently untitled, Baz Luhrmann is sure to bring all of the glitz and glamour he is known for while chronicling the life and triumphs of one of the greatest rock stars of all time. With a cast that includes Yola, Dacre Montgomery, and Curtin graduate Kate Mulvany, this flick is sure to be on any music fan’s list
The French Dispatch
So symmetrical, so whimsical, so Wes. Wes Anderson’s “love letter to journalists” boasts an impressive cast and the sumptuous visuals that moviegoers everywhere have come to expect from him. Francophiles and cinephiles alike will be queueing up to get their tickets come May 2021.
Well, there you have it! These are just some of the films we expect to be the cinematic gems of 2021. So get to pencilling in your calendars and filling your largest jacket with snacks, because this year is surely going to be a busy one for film fans everywhere.