After the unprecedented circumstances of the previous year, 2021 proved to be a bounce-back year for movies, with plenty of great films finding critical and commercial success. Among these films, some stood out and brought viewers back for rewatches over and over again.
Some dramas benefit from a second viewing so the viewer can pick up on and appreciate the foreshadowing or hints at where the story goes, as is the case with films such as Nightmare Alley. Other films, like The Green Knight, require multiple viewings to fully digest their weighty themes. And some movies, such as Belfast, are just so moving that they are worth watching again.
House Of Gucci
Based on a true story, House of Gucci follows Patrizia Reggiani as she marries into the famous fashion family. The different members of the Gucci family lie, cheat, and betray one another as they jockey for power and control of the company.
House of Gucci features a number of bold and divisive performances from some big-name actors. While not everything in the movie works, the gorgeous visuals and Shakespearean scale of the drama make House of Gucci an ambitious and compelling film worth watching at least twice.
Being The Ricardos
Set during a particularly tumultuous week of shooting on the set of I Love Lucy, Being the Ricardos captures all the behind-the-scenes drama of the beloved sitcom as Lucy battles allegations of being a communist, Desi is accused of infidelity, and the writers try to figure out how to hide Lucy’s pregnancy.
Bring the Ricardos is filled with great performances, led by electric work from Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. Packed with clever Sorkin dialogue, recreations of iconic scenes from the show, and compelling subplots, the movie could have easily been a limited series and warrants multiple viewings in order to appreciate everything the film has going on.
The Green Knight
Inspired by the legend of Sir Gawain, The Green Knight follows the nephew of King Arthur as he embarks on a journey to confront the intimidating Green Knight, encountering many different unique characters and creatures along the way.
Thoughtful and contemplative, the movie’s deep themes and messages require multiple viewings to fully appreciate and evaluate. The Green Knight is a technical masterpiece that features the outstanding acting, compelling characters, strong directing, and incredible visuals that fans have come to expect from an A24 film.
Set a decade after a solar flare destroys the ozone layer and renders much of Earth uninhabitable, the post-apocalyptic drama Finch is about a dying engineer who creates a humanoid robot to look after his dog after he is gone.
The film is essentially a sweet and moving road trip movie that focuses primarily on the relationship between the adolescent robot and his father figure. Tom Hanks is excellent in the title role and Caleb Landry Jones’ vocal performance as the robot brings an optimism to the role that makes the film inspiring and encouraging without ever being sappy.
The Eyes Of Tammy Faye
Based on the documentary of the same name, The Eyes of Tammy Faye chronicles the controversial and complex rise and fall of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker. The film depicts Tammy Faye’s complicated relationship with her husband as well as her ministry during the AIDS crisis.
While the film’s story can at times venture into familiar biopic conventions, the central performances by Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield help set The Eyes of Tammy Faye apart from other similar movies and make it worth a rewatch. With larger-than-life subject material and skilled actors, the movie is able to paint a nuanced portrait of a fascinating and conflicted character.
In C’mon C’mon, radio journalist Johnny takes in his nephew when Johnny’s sister is forced to go out of town to help her husband address his mental health issues. While Johnny does not always know how to care for the boy, they quickly develop a strong bond.
With a small and intimate story, C’mon C’mon hinges on the performances, and Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman more than deliver. They bring out the humanity and relatability in their characters, crafting a sweet and emotional film that viewers will want to watch again and again.
Based on the incredible true story, American Underdog follows Kurt Warner as he chases his seemingly impossible dream of playing quarterback in the NFL. The film shows his journey from working at a grocery store to eventually getting his opportunity to show his ability with the St. Louis Rams.
Benefitting from a great true story and a solid cast that includes Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, and Dennis Quaid, the faith-based film is a familiar but well-executed sports drama. The inspiring and feel-good nature of American Underdog makes it an easy film to watch and rewatch.
Nightmare Alley follows Stan Carlisle, a conman clairvoyant who uses observation and verbal cues to manipulate his audience. However, he finds himself in over his head after he teams up with a well-connected psychologist to scam a wealthy and powerful new mark.
Dark and relentlessly bleak, Nightmare Alley represents one of Guillermo del Toro’s best and most grounded films to date. With outstanding production design, a moving score, and thought-provoking messages about human nature, the film is one of the most haunting movies of the year. The movie’s twists and building tension are only enhanced with a rewatch.
Telling the true story of Venus and Serena Williams’ rise to tennis stardom, King Richard follows their father, Richard Williams, as he does everything in his power to train his daughters and guide them to dominance regardless of the sacrifices or difficult decisions involved.
Will Smith’s tremendous leading performance as the driven and often grating Richard Williams is what separates King Richard from other sports dramas. Filled with inspiring quotes and a feel-good story about triumphing over the odds, the film is a crowd-pleaser that fans can watch and be moved by over and over again.
Set in Ireland in the 1960s during a time of extreme religious violence and unrest, Belfast is told through the eyes of a young boy who struggles to understand why the world around him is changing so much and becoming so dangerous.
With an intimate story and unique perspective, the film captures a tumultuous period in history in a way that never feels preachy or overly simplistic. By grounding the story and focusing on one family, the film offers an incredibly satisfying viewing experience that depicts the fullness of life by showing the joys and heartbreaks that young Buddy experiences throughout his childhood. It is a beautiful and universally relatable film that only gets better with each viewing.
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