Fans of Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Edgar Wright, Pablo Larraín, Chloe Zhao (wearing her Nomadic country hat), any other “adult and musical filmmaker (anyone?) – look away now. For you, the UK box office charts for 2021 do to give food for thought.
The Top 20 was dominated by blockbusters and comic book adaptations, family films and immortal franchises.
Included between No time to die at # 1 and Paw Patrol: The Movie at # 20, only A Quiet Place, Part II (# 14) offers everything that looks like making non-“event” films. West Side Story, Gucci House, Last night in Soho, Spencer – even in a partially locked-in pandemic year, their ticket-taking was at best, heroic, at worst, meager and disturbing.
This is partly proof that even slightly older moviegoers are still hesitant to return to the pictures. And the fact that even a movie titan like Spielberg can’t rekindle a broad love of musicals. These days the only sharks or jets we love are rode by Jason Momoa or fly to Pandora.
So it’s no wonder that in 2022 the theatrical experience will be dominated by big-screen spectacle and proven PIs. That means superheroes (and supporting villains) galore (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The batman, Aquaman 2, Thor: Love and Thunder, Morbius, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Flash) and franchise returns (Avatar 2, Jurassic World 3, John Wick: Chapter 4, Top Gun Maverick, Mission: Impossible 7).
As announced by the box office successes and failures of 2021, in the position papers even the highly anticipated from Baz Luhrmann Elvis could be overtaken by DC League of Super-Pets. Bark.
Yet at least the cinemas will actually be open all year round. Is not it ?