No Broadway? No problem.
Award-worthy musicals have helped fill the void in a year when Broadway was closed for almost nine months and many shows took even longer to return.
A solid selection of big-screen musicals have lifted spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic with stories featuring various characters, reimagined classics and catchy songs like “America” from “West Side Story” and ” Carnaval del Barrio “from” In the Heights “.
The genre stood out during one of the best years in cinema in recent memory, which also gave audiences some thrilling dramas, sci-fi thrillers, and superhero films that left our senses Spidey. shudder.
Here are our Top 10 movies of 2021.
‘West Side Story’
It’s alarming how charming Steven Spielberg’s reinterpreted “West Side Story” is, from its authentic cast to its dazzling dance sequences.
Making his first career musical, Spielberg brought in his A-game, balancing fun moments with growing tension amid a fierce turf war between New York gangs, the Jets, and the Sharks.
Rachel Zegler, who makes her film debut as Maria, proves why she’s on the fast track to stardom with her incredible vocal range, while ultra-talented Ariana DeBose excels in every scene she finds herself in.
“Tic, Tic … Boom!” “
In a year filled with stellar biopics, no performance has been more transformative than Andrew Garfield as “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson.
You would never have guessed this was Garfield’s first vocalist role especially since he seamlessly sang – and danced and played the piano – through the film about a songwriter’s mission- composer struggling to succeed in Manhattan.
You would also never know that this was the directorial debut from Lin-Manuel Miranda, who clearly took inspiration from his own trip to Broadway to highlight the most important parts of Larson’s experience.
“In the heights”
The music for “In the Heights,” adapted from Miranda’s debut Broadway show, alone is worth the price of admission.
But when you mix in large-scale choreography, stunning settings in the Washington Heights of New York City, and an inspiring story about a predominantly Latino community with big dreams, you get the movie of the summer.
The film’s sprawling scale was on full display during the animated number “96,000,” which featured 90 dancers.
Along with great animation and songs that you will listen to on repeat, Disney’s “Encanto” is really fun.
Stephanie Beatriz’s goofy but adorable Mirabel – the only member of a magical Colombian family who doesn’t have a special ability – is one of Disney’s most well-known heroes.
The soundtrack, which includes songs in English and Spanish, also contains original music by Miranda. Audiences will be talking about “We are not talking about Bruno” for years to come.
“The power of the dog”
The first non-musical on the list is Jane Campion’s grim and gripping drama about a cruel cattle rancher who torments his brother’s new wife and sensitive teenage son.
No movie in 2021 will make you think so much as the stress-filled “Power of the Dog,” which lends itself to fan theories through its brilliant moments of subtlety and ambiguity.
It is the first film directed by Campion – whose flagship 1993 drama “The Piano” won three Oscars – in 12 years. It was worth the wait.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s main portrayal of a callous cowboy will have audiences wondering if he’s the movie’s villain. Particularly touching is a scene in which he embarrasses his brother’s fiancee as she struggles to play the piano.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”
The box office was in full swing for the new “Spider-Man,” which had the second biggest opening weekend of all time.
That’s for good reason, because “No Way Home” is one of the best Marvel movies ever to be made. It has everything you want in a superhero movie, from nostalgia to jaw-dropping action to insanely high stakes. The addition of fan favorite Doctor Strange helps conjure up an even more epic adventure.
It’s time to consider Tom Holland’s first three “Spider-Man” movies among the best movie trilogies.
“King Richard” is yet another reminder that comedy and action superstar Will Smith is an outstanding dramatic actor as well.
Smith succeeded in his performance as Richard Williams, father of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams, whose unusual methods of coaching his daughters made a gripping story.
The film has succeeded in showing that the journey of the famous family is much more than what has been said before. It also featured some very realistic tennis scenes, which isn’t an easy feat to accomplish when portraying two of the sport’s greatest athletes.
“Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings”
The first Marvel Studios film centered around an Asian superhero was truly a wonder on the big screen.
It features a predominantly Asian cast and a visceral story that pays homage to Chinese culture, with star Simu Liu proving to be the full package as an action hero nuanced with humor and charm. And New Yorker Awkwafina, who plays Shang-Chi’s best friend, steals every scene she’s in.
“Shang-Chi” also gave us some of the most memorable martial arts footage we’ve seen.
Denis Villeneuve’s monumental adaptation of the classic novel has spiced up the film scene with a sci-fi film worthy of being awarded in awards season.
“Dune” features breathtaking cinematography and doesn’t waste a single moment as it transports audiences to the war-torn desert world of Arrakis.
Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa and Josh Brolin lead an adventure in which everyone feels perfectly suited to their role. Fans wanted more after the two-and-a-half-hour film, but will have to wait until 2023 for the highly anticipated sequel.
The clever Spanish drama is filled with twists and turns and centers on a moral dilemma that will leave audiences wondering what it would do.
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz delivers one of the best performances of the year, playing a single mother in conflict with a big secret in the film, which was written and directed by longtime collaborator Pedro Almodovar .