Hopefully, in 2021 things will start going back to normal, but it will be a slow process. Cinemas are still mostly closed around the world, so a lot of these movies will be seen at home. And as many of you know, a lot of 2020 movies were pushed back to 2021 and 2022, so some films that were on my Most Anticipated Movies of 2020 list will re-appear here.
First up, here are some honorable mentions: Black Widow, Eternals, Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It, Blonde, Don’t Look Up, and Encanto
10. No Time to Die
So No Time to Die was recently pushed back again to Fall 2021. I am actually not confident that No Time to Die will stick to a 2021 release date, but I hope it does. The thing that has me most excited about this film is that Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-wrote it, so I’m hoping that it delivers, especially since I was not a fan of Spectre.
9. Don’t Worry Darling
I absolutely loved Booksmart, so I’m eager to see Olivia Wilde’s next directed film. I don’t know much about the plot, but the film stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, and Chris Pine. The film is not a comedy, so it will be interesting to see her tackle another genre.
8. Last Night in Soho
Last Night in Soho is Edgar Wright’s follow-up to Babydriver. Again, I actually don’t know much about the film, but I know it stars up-and-comers Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie. Wright is a very stylized and unique director, but Last Night in Soho is supposed to be a psychological horror film, so like Wilde, I’m interested to see how he tackles a genre he hasn’t really done before.
7. The Northman
Robert Eggers’s third film has a star-studded cast with Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, and Anya-Taylor Joy. The film is about Vikings, but not much else is known about the plot. The Lighthouse is super weird in a good way and The Witch is one of my favorite horror films, I’m sure The Northman will deliver too.
6. Mission Impossible 7
I’m a fan of the Mission Impossible franchise and think Fallout was the best one of the series so far. I’m eager to see what crazy thing Tom Cruise does next and am glad to see Rebecca Ferguson back as Ilsa. Christopher McQuarrie has already proven himself as a great action director, so I know we’ll be in good hands here.
5. Judas and the Black Messiah
Already getting rave reviews, Judas and the Black Messiah looks like another Oscar-worthy performance from Daniel Kaluuya. He re-teams with Lakeith Stanfield, whose character infiltrates the Black Panther Party and reports back to the FBI. I think the trailer for the film speaks for itself here.
4. The French Dispatch
Right now, The French Dispatch does not have a release date, but a trailer for the film came out last year, so I think a 2021 release is a safe bet. The film has Wes Anderson’s usual troupe of actors along with other A-listers like Benicio del Toro, Timothée Chalamet, Elizabeth Moss, and more. The film will have a few different storylines as it centers on a magazine highlighting its best articles before it goes under.
Another critical darling, Minari is a smaller film about an Asian family who migrates to Arkansas and builds a farm. It film centers on what the American Dream is like for an immigrant family. The film stars Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead and I find that his work post-Walking Dead is really impressive, as he is a highlight in whatever film he’s in.
2. In the Heights
A win for Latinx representation, In the Heights, is a film adaptation of the musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda before Hamilton. Hamilton made waves before it was ever released on Disney+, but has grown since then. I’m lucky enough to have seen the musical in person, and I can guarantee that In the Heights promises good music, a good story, and a good time.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve is all the hook that I need. I think Prisoners and Arrival are both masterpieces. And though I’m not familiar with Dune, since I haven’t read the story or seen the previous film adaptation, I know Villeneuve will deliver once again and this A-list cast certainly doesn’t hurt either.