As many of us are sitting at home, worried about the fate of the movies (and of course humanity), there’s a glimmer of hope that doesn’t stop looking: Tom Cruise. The actor and producer have steadfastly committed to achieving Mission Impossible 7 be done, even within the risks and limitations of the COVID pandemic. Sure enough, he was caught yelling acoustically at crew members – for safety violations – in a way that was perhaps too unnerving. But doesn’t that demonstrate how determined he is to help save the industry and entertain a weary population?
The Mission Impossible The movies are always desirable, the action images are slick and elaborate. Cruise and the franchise don’t tire of age, but vice versa; most recent outing, Fall out, probably the best of the series, six in. That unwavering energy allows number seven to move (as safely as possible) through the chaos of the pandemic, racing across the globe to carry out its blockbuster mission. I can’t wait to see the results next September.
It’s odd to be so excited about a sequel, given that studio production has turned into a maximalist series. Next year will see the release of a Screaming, again Batman, again Downton Abbey, again Sorcerer Supreme, again Sonic the Hedgehog, again God of thunder, another — take a deep breath—Blonde Law, Top Gun, John Wick, Jurassic World, Black Panther, Minions, Fantastic Beasts, Puss in Boots, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Halloween, Creed, Aquaman, and Avatar. However, I welcome at least some of this familiar, especially the more nostalgic kind. After all that has been put off and all that time gone, maybe it would be nice to sit down in the scary-funny light of Screaming (January 14), to see the old cast reunited, a quarter of a century after they first introduced us to Ghostface. Perhaps checking in with a few of my youth heroes will somehow be restored.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27) could do the same for ’80s kids, once again taking them on a patriotic and magnanimous aerial adventure. Legal blonde 3 (May 20) will scratch the nagging itch — the gnawing feeling that even though Reese Witherspoon is brilliant on television, she already belongs on the big screen. Perhaps Elle Woods, with all her enterprising spirit, will draw back those less tempted by Robert Pattinson’s stab. Batman (March 4th). Maybe everyone can agree on Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum’s cinematic return, starring together as a romance novelist and her cover model in Lost City (March 25)? Studio comedies have been scarce in recent years, so perhaps those two big-name stars can revive the genre.
That’s the big hope, of course: 2022 will be a major bounce back to the exhibitors’ business, that their couch bored spectators will happily return to more formal etiquette is to wear real pants and take pictures with the community. Big franchises in 2021 like Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Sony Pictures’ Venom: Let There Be Carnage and MGM Pictures’ There’s no time to die drew people out of their homes, and the 2022 sequels, three seasons, four seasons, etc. will likely do the same.
There are compelling originals on their way, movies that may not explode at the box office but can become classics, whose legacy lives on long after we’ve forgotten the space we’ve come to know. everyone did Avatar 2 (December 16). It’s possible that many of the films we’ll be talking about at next year’s festivals and awards ceremonies have yet to be announced. But there are some prestigious fare scheduled, offerings from popular artists and celebrity stars.
I especially wanted to see Robert Eggers, the writer and director behind the Puritan horror film Witch and the happy two-handed fisherman Lighthouse, to do with something on a grander scale in Northerner (April 8). Eggers has assembled a star-studded cast — including Nicole Kidman and Anya Taylor-Joy — for a Viking adventure filmed during a pandemic on the lonely shores of Ireland. So far, the director has resisted the big budget sell-off opportunities that were certainly available to him after Witch took Sundance by storm. I’m curious and excited to see where his whimsical mind takes us next.
Eggers’ contemporary horror and Sundance colleague Ari Aster will have his latest film next year, currently titled Disappointment Avenue, starring Joaquin Phoenix. After watching Midsommar, it amazes me that Aster – one of the luminaries of his generation – may be slowly escaping the dreaded stuff into broader, more sought-after territory. Avenue of Disappointment advertised as a comedy-horror, but perhaps “horror” is being used loosely. I love the idea of Aster and Eggers growing together, exploring new terrains and making their mark on American cinema.
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