This month’s biggest release is Disney’s remake of Mulan. As we have come to expect from Disney, remakes are easy cash grabs, and draw more on nostalgia than actual cinematic value.
The 2020 version of Mulan will divide viewers, as some will appreciate the new stoic take, but many will lament its joylessness, lacking the songs of the original and any real character growth.
If you are one of the many who are actively avoiding watching Mulan, you may be looking for something else to watch. The good news is that there are some excellent films arriving on streaming platforms.
You can use VPNPros.com to get around geo-restrictions that may prevent you from accessing all the content available on Netflix and other platforms. Here are some great new movies to stream that hold actual original value.
I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (Netflix)
The trailer for Netflix’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things set up a thrilling and creepy film from Charlie Kaufman (writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). However, the movie itself is far from your typical horror or thriller. In fact, it gets increasingly surreal to the point that it becomes disorientating, even as it stays engrossing.
The film follows a young woman who accompanies her boyfriend to dinner at his parents’ place, even as she is reconsidering their relationship. It doesn’t take long before it becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems. The dinner table scene is one of the highlights of any film this year. This is a truly original, intriguing watch.
Get Duked! (Prime)
Get Duked! came out in the UK as Boyz in the Wood in 2019, but has only recently come to Amazon Prime Video. The film is a comedy-thriller. However, unlike most movies in the genre, it works as both a good comedy and a good thriller movie.
Four teenagers go for a camping trip in the woods, where they start being tracked by vicious hunters. The police follow without providing much help. Starring comedian Eddie Izzard, Get Duked! is a great satire of classism, along with other British staples. The teenagers actually star in rap duo Run The Jewels’ new music video for their song Out of Sight (featuring 2 Chainz).
Kandasamys: The Wedding (Netflix)
If you loved the South African film Keeping Up With The Kandasamys, you will love the sequel which is now streaming on Netflix. This comedy-drama follows the Naidoo and Kandasamy families as they prepare for their children’s weddings, trying to outdo each other and come out on top.
While The Wedding is light-hearted and fun, it also provides a commentary about expectations on Indian families to keep up with the standards imposed by expectations that are becoming more and more anachronistic.
In terms of its content matter, it is a far more worthwhile watch than Netflix’s new original rom-com, Love Guaranteed, which we urge you to avoid! Mulan is not the only new movie available now, and it is certainly not the best one. If you are looking for fresh content rather than a stale remake, the above films are worth a try.