Darby O’Donnell ‘22, Entertainment Editor
February and March are not exactly known as the best months for movie releases, possibly due to the fact that they mark the end of award season. Although these months may leave movie-lovers feeling as though they have no films to look forward to until later in the year, there still are quite a few highly-anticipated movies being released in the upcoming months. Here are some of the most exciting film releases for February and March.
The Invisible Man (Feb. 28)
A modern adaptation of an H.G. Wells novel published in 1897, The Invisible Man follows the story of Cecilia Kass, a brilliant scientist confined in an abusive and controlling relationship. After breaking free of her abusive relationship with the help of her sister (Harriet Dyer), a close friend (Aldis Hodge), and the daughter of said close friend (Storm Reid), Cecilia is left a large sum of money when her abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) commits suicide. After his death, Cecilia, played by Elizabeth Moss, becomes paranoid as a series of seemingly supernatural events occur in her home. The Invisible Man tracks her journey as she attempts to convince those around her that the strange and sometimes deadly occurrences are not coincidences, but the work of a phantom figure. Directed by Leigh Whannell, this sci-fi psychological horror film is sure to be a hit in theaters for horror fans around the world.
Onward (Mar. 6)
With a star-studded cast including Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ali Wong, Lena Waithe, Mel Rodriguez, and Octavia Spencer, Onward will mark the first Disney Pixar movie of the decade. The film will be set in a bizarre and fantastical world populated with magical creatures who, in the past, had magic. The movie follows Ian and Barley Lightfoot, two elven brothers, who go on a quest to discover if magic still exists in their world and attempt to communicate with their late father, who was killed by an unsuccessful spell when the brothers were too young to remember him.
My Spy (Mar. 13)
In the upcoming action-comedy film, My Spy, Dave Bautista plays an unfriendly CIA agent who teams up with a nine-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman) while watching over her family. The girl quickly outwits the agent and convinces him to teach her how to be a spy. The trailer promises the film to be packed full of action, comedy, and heartwarming moments between the unlikely duo. The movie has already been successfully released in theaters in Australia and will hit American theaters on March 13, where it is expected to do well.
A Quiet Place II (Mar. 20)
In the highly anticipated sequel to A Quiet Place, the Abbott family faces a new set of challenges in their post apocalyptic world, but this time around, they are armed with the knowledge of how to fight the monsters that had previously terrorized their world. Starring Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, as well as two new cast members, Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, this mystery horror film is sure to be a box-office success. Director John Krasinski has hinted that this film will widen the world of the characters and force them to deal with challenges beyond what they have seen before. Sophomore Parker Frye said, “I’m really excited to watch the new A Quiet Place II because I’m intrigued to learn more about the characters, and I feel like it will be a more action-packed sequel.” Viewers can expect A Quiet Place II to differ greatly from the first film of the franchise, and with direction and writing from Krasinski, they can also expect an enjoyable film experience.
Mulan (Mar. 27)
The live-action remake of Mulan has been met with high enthusiasm and excitement from Disney fans around the world. Plans for the film began in 2010, though the main role was not decided until 2017, when Liu Yifei was cast as Mulan. Other cast members include Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, and Jet Li. Though the 2020 remake of the classic Disney film will have similarities to the original, Director Niki Caro has revealed that the remake will not include any of the songs from the original film, but instead their instrumental versions. Additionally, the film’s plot will veer from the 1998 version in some ways, in order to modernize and add some cultural accuracy to the original movie. Sophomore Sophia Joseph said, “Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies, and I’ve been looking forward to the live-action remake for a really long time. I’m disappointed that the original soundtrack won’t be part of it, but Disney usually does a good job with these types of movies.”
The coming month’s movies are sure to leave audiences talking, whether that be due to the new style that A Quiet Place II will demonstrate, or the lack of a soundtrack in the live-action remake of Mulan. Regardless, these movies give cinema-fans everywhere something to look forward to in the coming months.
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