The end of the year sees a bumper month of movie releases. Thankfully, I’m here to break it down for you all, to help mark your movie calendars in the run-up to Christmas
Ah, December. Christmas is in the air, the days are growing even darker, and film studios unleash their last barrage of blockbusters to get the last bit of money out of everyone in between shopping frenzies.
Film-wise, December looks a bit low-key for releases as the double whammy of Creed II and Ralph Breaks The Internet continues its box office onslaught. Thankfully, that means that some smaller films get the limelight in the first full week, and both Sorry to Bother You and Robert Redford’s apparently last movie appearance The Old Man and the Gun are set to be released on the 7th. I’ve been lucky enough to catch Sorry to Bother You at the LFF earlier this year, and it’s not one you want to miss.
December 12th sees the first heavy-hitter of the month in the form of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It’s a very wordy title but from what I’ve seen so far of trailers and that post-credit scene in Venom, the film is looking gorgeous and genuinely entertaining. Could be a late-runner for many best film lists.
In the same week we get the real meat of the month coming out. December 14th sees DC’s attempt to get a second decent film after Wonder Woman: Aquaman. Every bit of promotion makes the film look like an underwater assault on the eyes and ears, hopefully it has a decent film in the middle of all that. For me, it’s looking dangerously close to another Green Lantern, but I’m happy to reserve judgement until watching the full feature.
In other CGI overloads, Mortal Engines comes out after a decent time in development limbo. It might have missed the YA adaptation boat, but Peter Jackson’s name attached still suggests a reassuring level of quality. We’ll have to wait and see, I guess.
For those less inclined for visual effects and dodgy outfits, Netflix has a second release from an esteemed filmmaker in as many months, with Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma landing on the streaming platform on the same weekend as the above.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hugely looking forward to December 21st’s sole release. Mary Poppins’ return in, well, Mary Poppins Returns has already been generating a whole lot of positive buzz, and could well be this year’s Paddington. For some, a return to the Julie Andrews/Dick van Dyke classic has been regarded as sacrilege, but if anyone can make it work I have faith in Emily Blunt.
To cap off the year, we have a couple of films coming out on Boxing Day (December 26th) that are bound to get a few people roused from their post-Christmas Day stupor. Transformers spin-off Bumblebee is already looking more interesting than the other 5 films in the series put together, hopefully it can deliver on the early promise of that first trailer.
Lastly, the cinematic reunion for Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly is realised in a comedic take on literature’s most famous detective and assistant: Holmes & Watson. It has a decent supporting cast, but given Ferrell’s recent quality of output I’m sitting very skeptically.
Thus concludes the round-up for December’s releases, but maybe I’ve missed some on your own lists? Let me know in the usual places: in the comments below, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the social medias: Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.