2022: The Sequel To 2021
In The Wake Of COVID-19 The Whole World Is Being Conservative And Playing It Safe.
A meme did the rounds at the end of 2021 which said: “Nobody claim 2022 as ‘your year’. We’re all going to walk in real slow. Be good. Be quiet. Be cautious. Don’t touch anything.”
It seems that the film industry are very much on board with that ethos and are entering 2022 with extreme stealth and a ‘don’t rock the boat’ mentality.
In the wake of two years of COVID-19 the whole world is being conservative and playing it safe. There is a sense of fearing the unknown. And maybe we’re all looking for a hero, too.
In 2021 Marvel absolutely dominated the cinema box office, taking four of the top five spots with various franchises. Only Fast and the Furious 9 (yes, nine!) broke on at number four. With No Time to Die, the best
Bond film in years - possibly ever - at number six.
Expect more of the same this year with Marvel to continue pumping out hits: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, another Spider-Man outing, and a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.
Don’t forget DC comics biggest name either, with The Batman the latest dark knight incarnation. Robert Pattinson plays Batman, Colin Farrell is The Penguin, and Paul Dano as The Riddler will no doubt make for compelling viewing.
Enjoy high-quality familiarity on the big screen, as a comfort to the craziness we deal with in the real world at the moment
If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu by now, then mention of The Matrix, Jurassic Park and Top Gun should get your 80s and 90s juices well and truly flowing. Matrix Resurrections is perhaps the most interesting, with the themes covers more relevant than ever. Timing of restrictions meant that the non-vaccinated could get to see it at the cinema, making up a fair proportion of the audience.
Top Gun has been waiting in the wings for a couple of years due to COVID, much as the Bond film did. You can’t help feeling that cheesiness is on the way, but hey, we like cheese and we like Top Gun. Jurassic Park Dominion will no doubt ramp up the CGI to new found heights, as will Avatar 2.
Remakes of Death on the Nile and West Side Story are also worthy of a mention, although not necessarily a viewing, as is the sequel to Sing (Sing 2) and the prequel to Kingsmen (The King’s Man).
Forget innovation and quirkiness - although you will be able to find some if you look hard enough - and enjoy high-quality familiarity on the big screen, as a comfort to the craziness we deal with in the real world at the moment.
Everybody stay calm, sneak into 2022 and watch a bunch of stuff at the cinema that isn’t going to shock you.
And (whisper it) all being well we can go completely crazy in 2023.