Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and it is usually around this time of the year that the big movie studios push film releases to reel in a huge chunk of their yearly profits.
This year is much different. Most theaters are still closed around the nation because of COVID-19. The virus has turned the global film industry upside down in 2020, halting film production and thus delaying many movies from hitting the theaters on time.
Marvel’s “Black Widow” was originally set to hit theaters on May 11, 2020. They pushed the movie release back to November 6, 2020, and then May 7, 2021, for COVID-19 conditions not improving. The new James Bond film has also been delayed a second time because of the coronavirus and will now be released almost a year behind schedule.
Do not fret. There is good news as you will be able to watch many other exciting movies being released this December in both theaters and on streaming platforms.
Children and adults alike are excited for Disney Pixar’s “Soul” film, which releases on Christmas Day on the Disney+ streaming platform.
“Soul” tells the story of Joe, a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected as his genuine passion is jazz. When Joe travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.
As the sequel to the first Wonder Woman movie, Wonder Woman 1984 will be hitting both HBO Max and some U.S. theaters also on December 25th.
With 50% of U.S. theaters still out of operation, Warner Brothers are risking substantial revenue opportunity by releasing the film now. Fans won’t be complaining and are probably very relieved that the movie isn’t being pushed back again.
“As we navigate these unprecedented times, we’ve had to be innovative in keeping our businesses moving forward while continuing to super-serve our fans,” said Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, which includes Warner Bros. Pictures.
“This is an amazing film that really comes to life on the big screen and, working with our partners in the exhibition community, we will provide that option to consumers in the U.S. where theaters are open. We realize that a lot of consumers can’t go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform,” she added.
“Wonder Woman 1984” takes place during the Cold War where Diana will go off against villain Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess with superhuman strength. As Diana tries to stop them, she will reunite with her long-lost love interest, Steve Trevor.
For those looking for that old classic Hollywood feel, Netflix’s “Mank” will surely deliver.
The film, which was released on Netflix on December 4th, is a biographical movie by David Fincher that allows audiences to watch Herman J. Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman, write the screenplay for Citizen Kane, one of the biggest classic movies of Hollywood that starred Orson Welles. “Mank” is already being considered a potential frontrunner for the 2021 Academy Awards.
If you’re looking to binge-watch Christmas films this December, be sure to check out “Fat Man”, starring Mel Gibson. The action/comedy film is available on Amazon Prime for $6.99. Gibson plays Chris Cringle, also known as Santa Claus, who is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military to save his declining business.
For a light romantic comedy, Netflix recently released the sequel to its original “Princess Switch”, an American Christmas romantic comedy film directed by Mike Rohl. In “The Princess Switch: Switched Again”, Duchess Margaret unexpectedly inherits the throne to Montenaro and hits a rough patch with boyfriend Kevin. It is up to her double, Princess Stacy, to get these star-crossed lovers back together.
Sticking to this genre, Netflix has also released “Holidate”, starring Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey. In this rom-com film, two strangers who are fed up with being single on holidays, agree to be each other’s platonic plus-ones all year long. The catch is that they end up catching real feelings along the way.
Streaming platform Hulu has also released an LGBTQ friendly Christmas rom-com called “Happiest Season”, starring Kristen Stewart, and tells the story of a lesbian couple who are faced with challenges during the holiday as one has neglected to come out to her parents.
While Covid-19 has put a damper on big blockbuster releases and visiting the theaters this holiday season, there are still plenty of good movies to check out this December, all while sitting comfortably on your couch or snuggled up in bed.