The Movies of 2021

By: Marco McEldowney, reporter

2020 wasn’t the best year for movies. COVID-19 halted live-action filming, slowed down animation processes, and affected every part of the industry as staying at home became the norm. The movies that did come out tend to be met with mixed reception, like Wonder Woman 84 and the live-action Mulan remake. But with 2021 easing up restrictions, and with filmmakers getting used to the new way of working, the movies lined up for this year show plenty of promise.

Disney has some very exciting films prepared for the year. Several Marvel movies, including a standalone Black Widow movie, have been announced as part of their “Phase 4”. Disney also revealed a small, 10-second clip of an animated Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie, to release on Disney+ this year. However, one of their biggest reveals is a new, original animated movie, which many people have been missing through all the years of Disney remaking their movies in live-action. The movie is Raya and the Last Dragon, inspired heavily by Southeast-Asian culture. It’s set to release March 5th, which is 3 days away from the time of this writing.

Of course, Disney isn’t the only studio releasing movies. Godzilla Vs. Kong is coming out on March 25th, and it has fans on both sides very excited. The plot centers around humanity trying to use the creatures to make them fight and destroy both in the process, but no one sees a Godzilla movie for the plot; people like to watch the incredible special effects and larger-than-life action scenes, which this movie promises. Another exciting sequel is Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James. Space Jam is a classic live-action movie meshed with Looney Tunes cartoons and was a classic film many high schoolers watched when they were younger. On the other hand, freshman Arnold Zhen says he’s never watched Space Jam, so this movie can help introduce it to those who haven’t seen it.

Sadly, not every upcoming movie can be as promising as the others. The Boss Baby 2 was announced last year, and the trailer was criticized to no end. The trailer contained a joke about baby boomers, where the punchline was that the character said “boomer”, and the animation quality is lower than the previous movie. Another movie coming out is the Minions sequel. Minions are known for being annoying, specifically to everyone outside their target audience of young children.

Besides that, 2021 has a most promising lineup for all ages. With Disney back on track after years of live-action rehashes, a lack of Space Jam ending after 25 years, and movies for younger siblings to watch, it seems like it’ll have a good year for film.

Many more major movies are coming out than what’s listed in the article; there’s almost too many to count that are major franchises alone.

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