Grab some popcorn and a watching buddy (or two) — Netflix’s movie and TV show releases for November are incredibly exciting. There’s a good mix of action-packed films and TV shows, melodramas, and festive-themed movies from the ‘coming soon’ aisle so sit back, relax, and add these new films to your queue.
Movie: Red Notice
FBI agent John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) teams up with the ‘the second most wanted art thief’ Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) to hunt down ‘the world’s most wanted art thief’ The Bishop (Gal Gadot). This is after she framed John for a crime he didn’t commit, leading to the Interpol issuing a red notice against him. The chase turns into chaos after the three find themselves trapped in the most troublesome scenarios, most of which require them to work closely together.
Why you should watch it: While it’s not the best-reviewed Netflix film this 2021 despite its huge budget, Red Notice still delivers on the fun and the charisma thanks to its cast and the stunning filming locations. Punchlines are hit for the most part, and the simple and comedic narrative makes it an easy weekend flick.
TV Show: Hellbound
What happens when angels of death appear on Earth whenever they have to drag someone to Hell? This K-drama based on the webtoon of the same name answers that. Hellbound is set in a fantasy version of our world where the supernatural emerge to drag the condemned to their rightful place. Because of this, new cults and religions like the New Truth Society led by Jeong Jin-Soo (Yoo Ah-In) emerge to make sense of this phenomenon.
Why you should watch it: Hellbound is a TV show that‘s spine-chillingly good and will leave you at the edge of your seat. It also has six episodes for the pilot season (crossing fingers for a season 2 as early as now), making it easy to binge over the weekend. We’re sure it’ll be another 2021 favourite similar to Netflix's smash hit TV show, Squid Game.
Movie: Tick, Tick… BOOM!
Are musicals up your alley? Tick, Tick… BOOM! starring Andrew Garfield is the one to check out this month. Directed by Hamilton Broadway star Lin Manuel-Miranda, this Netflix movie is about American composer and playwright Jonathan Larson and his journey on finding love, friendship, and his place as an artist in the busy New York scene.
Why you should watch it: Coming-of-age films are usually meant for teens or people about to enter their young adult stage but this movie validates feelings of confusion, frustration, and holding onto aspirations even in later years of our lives. It taps into our deepest desires to do and be better no matter what age or stage in our lives we’re in.
Movie: A Boy Called Christmas
In case you’re still not in a festive mood, this Netflix movie — a reimagined story about Father Christmas (Britain’s version of Santa Claus) — will surely put you in it. Newbie child actor Henry Lawfull stars in the film as Nikolas, a determined young boy who finds himself in the land of elves as he looks for his missing father. Through his journey, he learns more about the importance of kindness, family, friendship, and most importantly, hope.
Why you should watch it: A Boy Called Christmas will definitely give you a warm, fuzzy feeling as you watch it. Its fresh take on the story of a holiday figure most of us are familiar with is also exciting to see unravel.
Movie: The Princess Switch 3: Romancing The Star
Whether you love it, hate it, or have it as your guilty pleasure film, The Princess Switch is back. Now on its third instalment, this Netflix Original movie is wilder than ever. This time, royal lookalikes Margaret and Stacy join forces with another one of their doppelgangers Fiona (all roles played by Vanessa Hudgens) to search for a stolen priceless Christmas relic. Despite having similar faces, all three vary in personalities and preferences, making the search quite chaotic and extra challenging.
Why you should watch it: Besides the amusing plot and Vanessa Hudgens playing three identical characters who are not at all related by blood in the story, we’re totally guilty of adding this to our watchlist simply because of the lookalikes’ stunning outfits. Fashion aside, it’s also easy to watch; it’s perfect to put on if you’re just in for a relaxing, non-emotionally taxing weekend.
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