The 2021 Film Release Calendar: November

It’s been such a protracted year, but finally we’re ready to finish the Release Calendar (and finally I can actually start watching stuff from this year in earnest.

By now, the calendar’s starting to get more filled out than it usually is when I start going over everything and we’re starting to get a sense that maybe, just maybe, by the latter half of the year movie theaters will be open and operating again at a level relatively near to what we’re used to.

So, in the hopes of that happening, let’s go over all the stuff that’s fixing to come out.

Here’s November:

November

Clifford the Big Red Dog

A young girl’s love for a tiny puppy named Clifford makes the dog grow to an enormous size.

I mean, it’s hybrid kids animation/live action. This means absolutely nothing to me and I will leave it for the children it is for.

2.5 stars.

The Eternals

The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

It’s Marvel. And even though Chloe Zhao is directing this, I still can’t guess any higher than 3.5 stars on this. Marvel has earned a standard rating for a reason.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Love Reitman, love Ghostbusters. Was initially concerned why they were doing this but it sounds like they found a fun angle to do it. Still can’t guess higher than 3.5 stars, but either way, I think this will be solid and fun at the very least.

Belfast

A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.

Kenneth Branagh wrote and directed this and it seems to be based on his childhood. These propositions are always dicey, but someone of his caliber should at the very least make this a good experience. So I’ll say 3.5 stars and hope I can get 4 or even more out of this.

Mission: Impossible 7

Seventh entry in the long-running Mission: Impossible series.

It’s Mission: Impossible. These are like the Fast and Furious movies. We know what we’re getting every time out. Cruise always brings it when he does these and the product is always immensely worthwhile.

4 stars.

King Richard

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

It’s another Will Smith high profile drama. That’s his move — he oscillates between high concept blockbuster idea and drama that will get awards attention. Problem is… hasn’t really worked the last couple of times, even though the results generally are solid.

I imagine this will be solid as all the others are, so I’ll go 3.5 stars.

House of Gucci

The story of how Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Maurizio Gucci, plotted to kill her husband, the grandson of renowned fashion designer Guccio Gucci.

This is Ridley Scott doing another true crime thing after All the Money in the World. And honestly, because it’s Ridley and because it’s the cast — Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston — how can you guess anything below 4 stars? Ridley’s movies are always solid and even if they don’t work they almost never go below 3.5.

Encanto

The film is centered on a young girl and her family in Colombia, who all have magical powers, sadly, the young girl has no powers.

It’s Disney, so 3.5 stars as a minimum. I don’t know what this is gonna be yet, so I can’t really guess anything else. Maybe a trailer drops and it looks absolutely magical and I think it’ll be 4. But that’s what happens when you guess these things early. Sometimes you have to go blind. And, knowing this will probably be CG animation and knowing that Disney doesn’t really seem to be as invested in overall quality anymore now that they’re this giant evil empire who owns everything. So I can’t bank on the classic Disney magic anymore since they seem to be abandoning it in favor of money. Oh well. We’ll always have the old stuff.

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