The year 2020 will long live in our memories for the way it changed our way of living. It impacted several businesses right down to their core, with many having to reinvent themselves as a result. Film theatres were one of the hardest-hit areas. Streaming services like Netflix and HBO Max are coming up with innovative ideas to keep their viewers glued. Naturally, theatres face a new challenge to maintain their relevance. However, despite the ease-of-use streaming services offer, nothing can compare to the sheer experience theatres can offer. For that reason, plus the joy of watching your favorite actors and characters on the big screen. Here are the five best upcoming movies in 2021 that you must watch in theatres.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage
I’ll be honest, when Venom was first announced, I didn’t see the logic behind making a Venom movie without Spider-man. Over the past few decades, Venom has consistently been one of Spider-man’s most iconic villains. Tom Hardy’s casting alleviated some of those concerns, and the first movie itself convinced me that this franchise could sustain itself. The sequel adds another one of Spider-man’s iconic villains in Carnage.
For the uninitiated, Carnage is one of the many symbiotes that exist in the Marvel universe. However, Carnage also happens to be the most powerful one. Hence, Venom vs. Carnage should give us a rare treat of two equally powerful villain and anti-hero go head-to-head against one another. It goes without saying, but it would be best viewed on the big screen.
This is one of those movies that I probably wouldn’t have considered worth mentioning if it weren’t for two things. First, it stars Bob Odenkirk, who’s found immense growth in fame following his run as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Secondly, the movie’s undergone at least four major delays in its release date. The reason? The director, Ilya Naishuller, feels this is one of those movies you’d enjoy more if you watch it on the big screen.
The synopsis, for now, is simple enough, a bystander saves a woman that’s being harassed by a group of men. However, he inadvertently becomes the target of a witch hunt by a drug lord. It’s almost like John Wick without the shaky cam and a greater emphasis on the overall plotline and acting rather than the action and special effects. This is one movie that’ll surely leave a mark once it’s released and is a must-watch in 2021.
Coming 2 America
Few movies releasing in 2021 will manage to reignite the flames of nostalgia in viewers quite like Coming 2 America. Few will have forgotten Eddie Murphy’s iconic performance as Prince Akeem in 1988’s Coming to America. The new 2021 sequel picks off almost 33 years after the events of the first movie.
The Prince is now the King, and the King has just been informed of his long-lost son in the United States. Already struggling to find an heir to help stave off chances of a civil war for his throne, he returns to the US. Not much more is known about the movie or the exact storyline details. But whatever they may be, you’ll enjoy this a lot more on the big screen.
Try thinking of a more iconic soundtrack than the original Mortal Kombat. Despite receiving mixed reviews, the movie changed the way video game movies would be made. Although there were supposed to be three movies to be made, the third one never materialized. It was stuck in development hell for almost 25 years until 2021.
Mortal Kombat is a complete reboot and, as far as we know, is set to follow the same storyline and basic elements as that of the first movie. The primary protagonist remains Liu Kang, who will be Earth’s representative in the inter-galactic tournament. There have been remarkable improvements in special effects and fight sequences since the 1995 movie came out, and there’s no better way to experience that than watching the latest film in theaters come April 2021.
Free Guy may just end up being one of 2021’s most creative ideas since it builds on a unique new concept but completely familiar simultaneously. Most of us have played video games at some point. And while it’s easy to get lost in the action of it all, we’ve never really paid much attention to the AI non-playable characters in the background. Free Guy is the story of one such character who finds out he’s a background character in an open-world game that’s been going on for nearly five years.
To make matters worse, the game’s servers are about to be turned off within the next three days meaning everything will go offline. Together with other characters within the game, he must find a way to ensure the servers remain up and running. A truly innovative idea, this is another movie you have to watch in the theatres to enjoy properly.