Although we can’t exactly say that the year 2021 was like 1999 on a cinematographic level, the truth is that we moviegoers have had a few joys.
Throughout the year of 2021, I was reviewing and watching movies like crazy – so that I could complete this article in an honest way with my favorite films.
Without further ado, let’s get straight to the movies that blew my mind – and are easy to watch on streaming platforms.
The Card Counter
The film of the amazing actor Oscar Isaac just saw the light of day for the first time – both in theaters and also on Netflix.
The story is about an ex-military man who dives into the world of poker. Granted, the picture doesn’t deal with all aspects of the almighty card game like in the casinos for Canadian players, but it does have all the necessary adrenaline.
Thanks to Isaac’s impressive charisma, he’s perfect to fill the frame. This makes you feel the evocation of the spirit of the 70’s – thanks to the talented hands of director Paul Schrader.
Few films got us talking as much as Dune did in 2021. The film was already promising when it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was taking over the task of bringing Frank Hebert’s novel to life.
Just to give you an idea of who the actors were that accompanied Villeneuve in this adventure, there’s Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac (again), Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebeca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem.
Many people have said that Dune is not the most spectacular movie and that it doesn’t need a Dune II sequel either. The truth is that for those who have read the novel or craved a Bladerunner-like sci-fi, will love this slow burn – like I did.
House of Gucci
Who doesn’t love a bit of the good old Ridley Scott? Alien’s director decided to release a very unusual project, which was appreciated like a breath of fresh air.
The story is about the dramatic and almost soap opera-like life of the founders and most important members of the fashion house.
What is surprising about House of Gucci is that at the wheel of this great film is Lady Gaga. She has demonstrated her acting chops before with films like A Star is Born, but this time she really stamped her name in Hollywood.
All of us moviegoers knew that the combination of Will Smith along with the Williams sisters’ story was going to be killer. As it turns out, King Richard has lived up to the hype – entertaining tennis fans as well as movie fans.
Will Smith does an excellent job of showing audiences the unconventional paths of the two tennis players’ apprenticeship. That’s why this performance is already being called one of the best of his career.
The French Dispatch
Okay, it’s true that a lot of people haven’t been able or willing to appreciate this film by the creative Wes Anderson. In my case, as soon as I saw the first reviews, I also had my doubts.
As it turns out, those reviews or spoilers helped me enjoy the film even more. The quirky stories really manage to convey Anderson’s philosophy and way of thinking.
And for those who aren’t so interested in the stories or imagery, those have the incredible actors that round out the cast of The French Dispatch.
The Velvet Underground
You don’t have to be a music fan to realize that this flick is really the perfect marriage between the Velvet Underground theme and documentaries.
It’s about time we had a film like this about the incredible group, and Todd Haynes didn’t let us down – neither the fans, nor those of us who appreciate a good film.
What’s interesting about this documentary is that it doesn’t follow the usual process. The experience of watching this film is like being present at an album. There are all kinds of themes, motifs, and each character speaks in their own way.