Watching New Movies in 2022


Nathan Engel

Retro-themed cinemas are a great place to find new movies.

Liv Brusatti, Senior Staff Writer

Within the past six months, countless award-winning movies have premiered, leaving movie fanatics wowed. The year of 2021 was an amazing year in the world of film, raising high expectations for 2022. With the immense amount of work that goes into making these big-name movies, they should be reviewed and appreciated. These movies ventured into every category: animation, horror, true crime, superhero, and many others. 

The first category to explore is animation. With Disney movies like Encanto and Luca, the animated category is off to a great start. Both movies provide unique perspectives of a certain culture, especially Encanto. Encanto, premiering in November of 2021, tells about a Columbian family. Each member of the family has a unique power, except one member: Mirabel. The movie follows Mirabel and her adventures. This movie highlights the importance of family in Columbian culture, and even though it is fictitious, it still provides representation. 

“In the movie, the character Isabella, who is known for being beautiful has a big nose. I’ve always had insecurity surrounding my ethnic nose, so seeing Isabella have this feature enlights a hope in me for Hispanic girls growing up now,” junior Judith Vazquez-Perez said.

Like Encanto, Disney’s movie Luca also can be regarded as celebrating a culture. Luca takes place in Italy, telling about two boys who become aquatic animals when in water. This beautiful coming-of-age story celebrates pasta and other important parts of Italian culture. Making almost $50 million in the box office, this film was undoubtedly successful.

In terms of superhero movies, 2021 was exceptional. With Marvel movies including Eternals, Shang-Chi, Spiderman: No Way Home, and Black Widow, comic book and movie fans alike were busy this year. Marvel made up 30% of the US box office in 2021, likely due to its large fanbase. Whether a Marvel or DC fan, viewers had many options. 

Spiderman: No Way Home was thrilling and kept me on my toes. I’m super excited for Multiverse of Madness!” freshman Carolyn Mueller said.

Lastly, many artfully crafted thriller and horror movies premiered this year. Some well-liked examples include Candyman, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and Halloween Kills. While many dislike this category of film, there is much to be appreciated about this genre. These movies often have depth that can be seen after multiple viewings.

“I liked the actual evidence and police involvement in this movie, it set it apart from the others. That aspect of the movie made it seem much more realistic.” junior Amanda Favazza said.

2021 was a spectacular year for films, with remakes, follow-ups, and new concepts. This standard of flim sets high standards for 2022, especially with big names to come such as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Scream, Legally Blonde 3, and many more. Film appreciators have much to look forward to in the coming year.