What films does Hollywood have in store for us this year?
Considering the pandemic-related chaos that wrought havoc on the filming industry throughout 2020 and 2021, this year looks likely to see some memorable movies hit the big screen. Delayed releases are a plenty, and this should give moviegoers an abundance of choice this year and beyond.
Below are 8 movies that we think are definitely are going to be worth a look this year. A couple of these movies are already out, while the others are yet to come along, so let’s take a look...
Death on the Nile -- February release
Whilst vacationing on luxury river steamer S.S. Karnak, renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is thrust into the role he is most famous for, and tasked with discovering which of the passengers is the culprit of a brutal murder. Set against an epic backdrop of sweeping Egyptian deserts and Giza pyramids, the peace and tranquility of this ill-fated Nile River cruise is drastically interrupted when a young heiress is killed. But which of the impeccably dressed passengers is the killer? Join Poirot on his investigation and the many twists and turns it takes to stop the perpetrator from striking again. A classic whodunit.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre -- February release
Skipping theatrical release and instead launching exclusively on Netflix, Texas Chainsaw Massacre is intended as the sequel to the original 1974 movie. This time around, the infamous Leatherface is confronted with a vengeful survivor of his previous murderous escapade decades ago. This revenge-seeking victim is met by Ruth, a 25-year old businesswoman from San Francisco and her wheelchair-bound sister, Lila. Together they face a fight for their lives against the now 60-year old Leatherface. Although it is technically the ninth installment of the franchise, it is positioned as a direct sequel the the original film, picking up several decades later. As noted by writer, Fede Álvarez, that while the film doesn’t explicitly erase the continuity of the franchise’s other titles, he states the that canon-wise, the previous sequels are ‘a bit of a mess’.
The Batman -- March release
This reboot of the Batman film franchise sees the reclusive billionaire, Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) return to our screens once again. Although this time around he is younger and not yet the fully-formed experienced crime-fighting superhero that he later becomes. Instead, the director Matt Reeves wanted to explore the character before this period. During his second year of fighting crime, Batman uncovers corruption that connects to his own family, and during the investigation is forced to make new allies to catch the Riddler—a serial killer who targets elite Gotham City citizens—and bring the corrupt to justice. This installment of the franchise shows Batman’s darker traits and questions the nature of his heroism. In addition, it features the other familiar faces from the franchise, such as Catwoman, the Penguin and Wayne’s ever-loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
Top Gun: Maverick -- May release
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs. Pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot with decades of impeccable service under his belt—yet seemingly unable to get a promotion for love nor money (which would very inconveniently ground him)—Maverick finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen. He encounters Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick's late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Uncertain of his future and being forced to confront the ghosts of his past, Maverick is drawn into a confrontation in which he must face his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those who will be chosen to fly it.
Jurassic World Dominion -- June release
The sixth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World Dominion brings dinosaurs back to the big screen in a film that has been described by director Colin Trevorrow as a "celebration of everything that has existed in the franchise up until now." There is not much known about the plot up until now, but it is set around the world and apparently features global entities that are able to create their own dinosaurs. According to Wikipedia, the film focuses on the dinosaurs that were freed at the end of Fallen Kingdom, but it would not depict dinosaurs terrorizing cities, an idea that Trevorrow considered unrealistic. Instead, the director is more interested in a world where "a dinosaur might run out in front of your car on a foggy backroad, or invade your campground looking for food.” In addition, the movie focuses on the interaction and relationship of the characters from previous editions of the franchise.
Where the Crawdads Sing -- July release
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Where the Crawdads Sing is a coming of age story of a young girl raised in the marshlands of North Carolina. Kya Clark, otherwise known as the ‘Marsh Girl’ by the townspeople of Barkley Cove is a mysterious and wild girl whose mother abandons her family. She is left with her father and siblings, who all eventually leave due to their father’s drinking habits and physical abuse. Her father goes on frequent gambling trips and one day he doesn’t return. Kya assumes he is dead, leaving her all alone in the marshes. Set in the south in the 1950s, many years pass as Kya grows up. One day when the town hotshot (who Kya has had intimate relations with) is found dead, he’s inexplicably linked to Kya, and the ‘Marsh Girl’ becomes the prime suspect in his murder case.
Ticket to Paradise -- October release
Featuring two of the biggest names in Hollywood in that of Julia Roberts and George Clooney, this romantic comedy is sure to be a hit with moviegoers. The pair reunite after previously staring together in several films, notably Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve. The film follows Wren Butler, a recent University of Chicago graduate who accompanies her best friend Lily to a post-graduation jaunt to Bali. Lily's abrupt decision to marry a Balinese local triggers her divorced parents to team up to try and stop her from repeating their mistake from 25 years ago. Wren stays in Bali for the engagement/wedding festivities and, in the process, finds her own love with a local doctor.
Avatar 2 -- December release
This long-awaited sequel sees Avatar 2 hit the screens a whopping 13 years after the first release. It was originally intended to be released in 2015, but after production got delayed to 2014, it was then slated for a 2016 release. A host of setbacks pushed the likely release date back again and again, and then Covid-19 came along to really screw things up. A whole generation of moviegoers has come along since the original Avatar movie in 2009, so how will the sequel be received? The plot goes like this: Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. A familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, and Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na'vi race to protect their planet.
It’s enough to make you wonder where material for further sequels would come from, yet there is apparently an Avatar 3, 4 and 5 already in the works. I’d say James Cameron has got his work cut out. Let’s just hope it’s not 13 years between releases.
So those are just a few of the big releases of 2022, of course there are many other exciting movies being released too this year. You can see the full release schedule for all upcoming movies here on IMDb.
Thanks for reading and stay safe!
The Kovol Blog Team