The Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2021
There were actually a lot of great, low-key movies released this year, but 2020 still sucked. I don’t need to go on and on about it because the entire globe has gone on and on about it. 2020 is a snuff film.
Let’s look forward to the future and cross our fingers that it doesn’t change too much. How should we do that? Well, let’s count down my top ten most anticipated movies that are set–but not destined–to be released in 2021. It’s expected that as the year goes on movies will pop up on my radar. New announcements, trailers or just doing my own research will change this, perhaps drastically. But as it stands right this second, with what I know about 2021, this is my list.
Very little is known about the new M. Night Shyamalan flick but I’m going to go out on a limb and predict something that no other person will ever predict: there will be a twist. This is a very crudely drawn presentation of his career trajectory.
Yet I still can’t quit this man. He’s been on the upward swing since The Visit (I’m aware that Glass wasn’t really well received but I don’t care because I love it), so I hope that Old continues this. He’s one of the best directors who makes bad movies frequently because his directorial prowess is strong–it’s the writing that lets him down.
9: The Forever Purge
I became a big fan of this series after the first one when it decided to become a horror-tinged action movie. Once it embraced its absurdity then it could breathe because the premise didn’t seem to work as a straight horror film.
The premise has always worked for me in the same way Jigsaw from the Saw franchise did. Asking whether an annual purge would be effective is good discussion, even though the answer is no. It reminds me of Jigsaw because I remember the conversations around him when Saw came out: is he actually a good guy? Again, the answer is no, but it’s still a lot of fun to talk about.
Perhaps these films should have ended after Election Year because there was a good trilogy there, thematically and narratively, but this is apparently the final instalment so we will see. Regardless, I’m there for it.
Nomadland has gotten a lot of buzz this year but it can also count as a 2021 release since so far it’s only been available at film festivals and in limited release. It comes out in February to a wider audience. Had I gotten the chance to see it I would count it as a 2020 release but as of writing this I have not. This could hopefully change between now and when I release my end of the year awards.
People have already seen it and can attest to its greatness, but when I first heard about it I was intrigued because of Chloé Zhao. I didn’t love The Rider because the lead actor couldn’t handle that material, but I never faulted Zhao’s visual sense. It was brilliant visually and audibly and it made her a director to follow.
Apparently my hunch was correct because Nomadland is beloved by the people who have seen it, and I will finally get to see it in 2021.
7: Black Widow
Black Widow is a good character but I maintain that now is a strange time to release her solo film. I guess it’s better late than never, and it could very well tie into the future of the MCU, but it’s still weird. However, I’m so starving for a new Marvel movie that I just want this right now.
6: Last Night in Soho
Anytime that Edgar Wright has a new movie coming out it’s something to be excited for. I was one of the few that didn’t absolutely adore Baby Driver, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not pumped to see his take on the psychological horror genre. And with a cast like he has rounded up, you can’t go wrong. Right?
5: Godzilla vs Kong
The build up for this clash has certainly not been a smooth one but for my money it has been a great series of films so far. Of all the movies on this list this one has the greatest potential to disappoint, but that doesn’t matter right now because the war wagon goes on.
4: Mission: Impossible 7
When he’s not yelling at people about respecting COVID-19 restrictions Tom Cruise is also making movies. He has created so much goodwill for this franchise that I don’t even need to see a trailer for it before it has my money. It’s not that Mission: Impossible hasn’t had some stinkers, but the last bunch have been some of the finest action movies going.
I don’t know a ton about Marvel’s Eternals, as characters, but what little I do know excites me because of the possibilities of where this could lead us. Before I did any research at all about who they are, I was already into it because I will always anticipate Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. It helps that Chloé Zhao is attached and I want to see what she does with the material.
I should have been on the high concerning the newest Denis Villeneuve–who I declared as the best Canadian director–joint but 2020 pushed it into 2021, as it did many movies. I’m not even familiar with the source material, I’m just always into a Villeneuve flick, especially if it’s science fiction. Hurry up and finally let us see it.
1: Justice League: The Snyder Cut
If you aren’t new here, or you happen to know me in person, you may have seen me mention my undying love for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I’ll fight anybody to the death to defend it, and the Snyderverse as a whole because Man of Steel is fantastic too. His darker take on superheroes is a welcome change from what the MCU is putting out and I want to live in a world where we can have both.
Thankfully, at least for some of 2021, that world exists. I know that technically it’s a mini-series first but it will be released as a movie eventually so I’m counting it. Can this live up to the expectations and satisfy the people who pushed to get it made? I don’t know, but I want to find out.
And there you have it, my top ten most anticipated movies of 2021. What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? You know what? Something feels off here. I can’t lie to you people anymore, I can’t do that to my audience.
The most anticipated movie of 2021 is really…
PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
Oh yeah, baby! The RASCAL REBEL RABBIT is back in business! Hollywood can close up shop come April because it’s a done deal after Petey Rabb makes his triumphant return!
It’s not really my number one but it is in my top ten of the year. I didn’t include it so I could instead make this ill-advised joke that didn’t really pan out. I am seriously excited for this, however, because the first was a surprising, breezy comedy that made me laugh a lot more than expected.
He made me do it.