Our Top 5 Most Anticipated Netflix Originals Landing in February
From horror to rom-coms, Netflix is bringing the heat in February. Here's a look at out Top 5 most anticipated original films hitting Netflix this month.
THE RITUAL - February 9th
On the surface, this looks a whole lot like The Blair Witch Project minus all the handheld camera shots. A group of friends hike into the woods and find a bunch of scary stuff. Familiar, yes, but in premise alone. While the found footage element adds a certain effect to the 1999 classic, the beautiful cinematography in The Ritual should make for more haunting visuals. Directed by David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S), this looks like a pretty scary one to kick off 2018. Who said horror had to be reserved for Halloween?
WHEN WE FIRST MET - February 9th
A pretty drastic change of pace, When We First Met can be the before-bed mind-eraser for all you nightmare-prone scaredy-cats. Trailers can be deceiving, especially with comedies, but I really enjoyed what I saw. Besides, the plot echoes an all too familiar fantasy for anyone who’s ever been stuck in the friend zone. What if I could go back and do it all again? A time-travel romantic comedy isn’t the most original concept in the world, but it looks like a fresh take on the genre. Plus, I’m a fan of Adam Devine. Though he seems to be saturating the market a bit – popping up everywhere from Modern Family to Pitch Perfect – I’m still a fan of his performance on Workaholics. I think he’ll do a solid job carrying this one.
IRREPLACEABLE YOU - February 16th
Whether it’s movies or music, I’m always partial to the sad ones, and by all accounts, Irreplaceable You looks to be right up my alley. Hitting that perfect balance of comedy and drama can be difficult to accomplish, but when pulled off correctly … magic. This cast should certainly be up to the task, featuring Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Timothy Simons (Veep) and Christopher Walken (way too many great films to list). I’ll try to remember Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Kelly from Black Mirror’s “San Junipero” rather than Ava from The Cloverfield Paradox. That felt like more of a writing issue anyway. I’m really looking forward to this one.
EVERYTHING SUCKS - February 19th
I’m weary, but intrigued. If you come to me on February 19th and tell me this is the worst show you’ve ever seen, I wouldn’t be surprised. Nor would I be surprised if you said it was the best. Playing too heavily into the nostalgia game can really hurt a show, especially when that period of nostalgia is only 1996. Feeling like a new season of Freaks and Geeks or Stranger Things minus the supernatural element, this one could run away as the new talked-about Netflix Original. God knows how us 90s kids long for Tamagotchis and Pogs, what with our memes and our Buzzfeed lists being passed around on social media. As it stands, this show has my full attention. I just hope it doesn’t disappoint.
MUTE - February 23rd
This is the pick of the month, and not just because it’s got Justin Theroux (Leftovers) in a supporting role. Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Sam Rockwell round out an exceptional cast, with two of the three winning awards at the most recent Golden Globes (Skarsgard, Rockwell). Under the tutelage of visionary director Duncan Jones, the mastermind behind Moon and Source Code, this futuristic sci-fi looks to be an early favorite for my 2018 Top Ten Films. I’ll leave you with a fun little Easter egg to get you on my excitement level: this film takes place in the same world as Moon, with Sam Rockwell returning as Sam Bell. From what I hear, his role will be a small one, but there are rumors circling that this could be part two of a “Mooniverse” trilogy. If you haven’t seen Moon, what are you doing with your life? Watch it. Now. Honestly, you should’ve been doing that instead of reading this blog. But thank you all the same.