By Sanuj Hathurusinghe Ceylon Today Features
November is almost at its end and many of you people in the season's spirit might already have started to deck the halls with boughs of holly. Yes, the month of December means Christmas in a religious perspective but for both believers and non-believers alike, Christmas is a time of joy, excitement, and fun. In Hollywood also, the month December marks a special time since every year, a lot of much-awaited, big-budget, and star-studded movies tend to get released during the last month of the year. Here is a list of movies most of you are impatiently waiting for which will be released in next month.
Silent Night is the feature film directorial debut for Camille Griffin and the story revolves around Nell (Keira Knightly), Simon (Matthew Goode), and their son Art (Roman Griffin Davis) who are eager to welcome friedns and family for the season. What starts off as a typical holiday movie scene quickly takes a dark yet comedic turn when it becomes known that everyone is going to die that night.
The movie was filmed just before the UK went into COVID-19 lockdown more than a year ago but the producers had to wait a bit to film necessary reshoots. Finally Silent Night is making its way to the screens this December after a long wait. It was screened as the last movie at the Fantasy Film Fest in Germany and if the response of the audience is anything to go by about the movie, it is sure that Silent Night is going to be an immediate crowd favourite.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
There isn't much to tell about this movie that you already don't know. The trailer marked record views in no time when it was released a couple of months ago. The movie centres on our friendly neighbourhood hero Spider-Man whose secret identity was revealed in the last movie. Now with the whole world knowing who he really is Peter Parker (Tom Holland) finds it really hard to cope with all the attention – positive and negative – especially while trying to have a meaningful relationship with MJ (Zendaya). The one to whom he turns for help is Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). When the spell of Doctor Strange goes awfully wrong opening up different universes and allowing their villains to enter Earth Peter is taught the hard what it really means to be Spider-Man – a superhero that everybody loves.
The Shape of Water director Guilermo del Toro's latest movie Nightmare Alley features a stellar cast including; Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, William Defoe, Rooney Mara, Tony Collette, Ron Perlman, and many more. The story is about an ambitions carnival worker (Cooper) who has an innate talent to manipulate people with his words. He meets a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) who looks like the perfect target but soon the carny realises that she is even more dangerous that he is.
The cast and crew is filled with Oscar winners and nominees. Even the ones who turned down lead roles in the movie or were once considered for roles were Oscar winners. All things considered the movie is tipped to be a real crowd pleaser as well as a serious Oscar contender.
The Matrix Resurrections
Eighteen years after the last The Matrix movie the follow-up to the mind-blowing action, sci-fi franchise is finally getting released in this December. Nothing much is known about the plot, only the trailer suggesting Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) are getting back together, Neo is going back into the Matrix, Hugo Weaving will not be playing the much-hated Agent Smith, and that we have a new and younger-looking Morpheus. Although the fandom demanded and rallied for this movie for almost 18 years, I personally think the window of opportunity for another movie was closed a long time ago. Anyhow, the new Matrix movie will be amongst us next month and let's hope Reeves can bring back the handsome, expressionless, and action-packed Neo who we first saw in 1999 instead of John Wick, we got to see from him as of late.
The King's Man
After two refreshing Kingsman movies, the directors are going back in time a bit in their next movie to bring a prequel to the first movie of the franchise, Kingsman: The Secret Service. The King's Man is the origins story of the secret service and shows how the organisation was initially formed to stand against an evil cabal who was plotting to kill millions of people in a war. The director Matthew Vaughn is known for his unique use of action, comedy, and special effect so there is no doubt among the fans that the latest movie is going to be a success.
The Tragedy of Macbeth
For Joel Coen his first solo directorial effort will be quite the memorable one since the lead in his movie is Denzel Washington. The Tragedy of Macbeth tells the story about a Scottish lord who was convinced by a trio of witches hat he will one day become the king of Scotland. Blinded by this prophesy and encouraged by the support from his wife he goes on a path of death and destruction in order to achieve his goal.
The Tragedy of Macbeth has an arthouse feel to it since it is shot in black and white and fillmed completely on soundstage within 36 days. While the lack of naturality might deter some viewers it is essential to enhance the surrealism of the movie and could well attract many other viewers to the movie. If not for any of these, watch it this December for the sole reason of seeing the talented Washington on screen.