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My Top 5 Most Anticipated Films for the Rest of 2021

The year is almost over, but that doesn’t mean that Hollywood is slowing down. If you feel like it’s been a lifetime since you last watched a new film release (or better yet, a movie in theaters) fear not! Here are five new films being released in the coming months that you won’t want to miss! 

  1. Dune (October 22)

I have seen so many TikToks about this book being absolutely incomprehensible to read (fair, I could never read Lord of the Rings but I love those movies). However, I am still excited to see what this adaptation has in store. From the trailer’s stunning visuals and the star-studded cast my hopes are high. The film follows the story of Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet) who must embark on a dangerous journey to save his family and people. Power, conflict, and survival merge to create what seems to be an epic tale. The film also stars Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. I’m not much of a sci-fi person, but the hype around this movie is too much to not give it a try.

  1. The French Dispatch (October 22)

In every film enthusiast’s catalogue seems to always be a Wes Anderson film. Now, Wes Anderson is back with his tenth film which is set to follow an American newspaper outpost in 20th century France. Wes Anderson films are known for their impeccably symmetrical cinematography, quirky dialogue, soft color palette, intricate production design, and of course, always an appearance by Billy Murray and Owen Wilson, and this film seems to be no exception. The trailer alone transports you into a different world that feels so vibrant and vivid. Watching this film for the aesthetic alone is not a bad idea. Much of the typical cast of a Wes Anderson film is back including those mentioned above, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan, Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, and Willem Dafoe to name a few. The film also introduces some new actors to the Wes Anderson universe including Timothée Chalamet and Lyna Khoudri. This is definitely an experience you won’t want to miss.

  1. Spencer (November 5)

Kristen Stewart is out for redemption. Most people know her from her role in the Twilight franchise, but hopefully after this she will be carving a new name for herself apart from her Bella Swan persona. Spencer follows the life of Princess Diana, played by Stewart, during the Christmas season of 1991, during which she decided to divorce Prince Charles. From the trailer, it seems like we will be getting an intimate, behind the scenes glimpse into her time with the royal family and turbulent relationship with Prince Charles. Premiering at multiple film festivals, Spencer has already garnered a significant amount of praise. The color palette of this film exudes nostalgia, and the trailer reveals some stunning shots. It appears it will be an emotional and tear-jerking portrait of Princess Diana. I will probably end up crying in the theater.

  1. West Side Story (December 10)

Steven Spielberg introduces his adaptation of the beloved classic giving it new life. Although the film will follow a different script amongst other noticeable changes, including the casting only of actors with Hispanic backgrounds, are sure to give this story a much needed revitalization. Personally, I’m looking forward to Rachel Zegler’s film debut. If you don’t know Rachel Zegler, do yourself a favor and look up her YouTube channel (specifically her cover of “Shallow”). She is an outstanding vocalist and performer, and I don’t doubt she will be the breakout star of this film. Alongside her will also be Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, and Rita Morena, although not reprising her original role, will also make an appearance. Based on the vibrant colors of the trailer, mesmerizing dance numbers, and phenomenal soundtrack, this new adaptation looks like it will be a truly cinematic experience. The film has even received Stephen Sondheim’s seal of approval, and if that doesn’t convince you to go see it, I don’t know what will.

  1. House of Gucci (November 24)

First off, whoever edited the trailer for this movie deserves a raise. I’ll be honest, I’ve watched it multiple times already since it was released. Something about the slowed down version of “Heart of Glass” combined with the way this trailer is edited gives me an immense sense of euphoria every time I watch. Besides the spectacular trailer, this film looks phenomenal. The costumes, the cinematography, the cast, everything is breathtaking to look at. Of course, many of us are anticipating Lady Gaga’s next acting project after watching her blow everyone away in A Star is Born, and she looks like she will continue to amaze us. Other big names in the cast include Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Salma Hayek, and Jared Leto. The film follows a tumultuous story of marriage, divorce, and murder centered around the Gucci family. It’s shaping up to be a likely Oscar contender, and it hasn’t even been released yet. If Italian family drama, murder, and high end fashion doesn’t intrigue you, simply seeing it for Lady Gaga’s performance would be reason enough.

With the return of movie theaters on the rise there’s no better time to give one of these a try. Sci-fi, murder, fashion, music, royal family drama, Zendaya – I hope that everyone can find a film they enjoy among this list!

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Hannah Grinnell

Conn Coll '24

Hi! My name is Hannah and I am currently a Sophomore at Connecticut College. I am planning on majoring in Environmental Studies.
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