If your family is like mine and doesn’t have a tradition of dinner and football on Thanksgiving day, then a good alternative is to spend time at the movies. There are some really great movies coming out this week, which means plenty of options in case one is sold out. Here are my Top 5 Theatrical Releases for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
A follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s spin-off continuation of the Rocky saga, Creed II has Steve Caple Jr. directing Michael B. Jordan in one of the most anticipated movies of the year. It is the boxing matchup that fans have been dying to see ever since this film series was first announced. Adonis Creed, son of legendary Apollo Creed, goes up against Ivan Drago’s son Viktor Drago. In 1985, Ivan killed Apollo in a match that changed the lives of both families forever. Still riding off the success of Black Panther, Creed II is sure to solidify Jordan as one of Hollywood’s leading actors.
The latest twist on the legendary tale of Robin Hood is here. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Hood goes where no movie has gone before and explains how the legendary outlaw came to be. Taron Egerton’s archery training for this movie is so impressive, and it shows in the extensive fight sequences featuring daring choreography. Plus, I wouldn’t miss a chance to see his glorious jawline in action.
Ralph Breaks the Internet aka Wreck-It Ralph 2
A true family film, the Wreck-It Ralph sequel is packed with amazing voice talent, music from Alan Menken, a charming lesson and much, much more. There is something for everyone, so parents don’t need to worry about falling asleep or losing interest. It teaches the valuable lessons of self-acceptance, perseverance, and discovering your purpose amongst other things. Disney princesses were the main highlight for me, even after Princess Tiana was reanimated due to a controversy revolving around skin tone and facial features.
The music that Queen created has truly withstood the test of time. It doesn’t matter which generation you belong to, everyone knows the classics such as “We Are the Champions” and “Somebody to Love”. The movie has been out for a couple weeks and has been exceedingly popular amongst fans, even though critics have been tearing it to shreds. You can read our review of the film here.
Critics and fans alike have not been kind to this movie. Between the storyline issues and the Professor McGonagall age mystery, people have been leaving the theater less than satisfied. That said, Harry Potter movies are visually stunning and a must-watch in the theater to get the full effect.
Honorary Mention: Widows
Widows isn’t a family movie, but it is truly a one-of-a-kind heist film and one of my favorites from this year. It revolves around 4 women who are forced into a life of crime after their deceased, thieving husbands leave them with a debt that still needs to be paid. Every scene with Daniel Kaluuya is terrifying yet mesmerizing in a way that I could not bring myself to turn away from. Overall, Steve McQueen delivers a movie that is sure to change the way interracial love and powerful women are portrayed in film for years to come.
Do you plan on checking out any of these movies over the holiday? Let us know in the comments below!