Are these the best films coming to Netflix in December?
The nights are drawing in and what better way to keep warm than to curl up in front of the box with a good movie. But what movie should you watch? Be it an old classic, a summer blockbuster or an original release, Netflix has you covered this December.
The highly anticipated Bright starring Will Smith stands out as one of December's must-sees, not least as its the latest big-budget Netflix original.
If you missed it at the cinema, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is definitely worth a watch and there's plenty of drama, action and comedy to be found elsewhere. These films will be available to stream from 1 December unless otherwise stated.
Bright (from 22 December)
In a world where humans live alongside orcs, fairies, elves and centaurs, a human cop (Will Smith) is partnered with the first orc cop (Joel Edgerton). On a routine patrol night the two find a powerful magic wand in the possession of a young elf (Noomi Rapace) and must fight to stop it falling into the wrong hands.
A Netflix Original, this is director David Ayer’s first feature since 2016’s Suicide Squad, which failed to live up to the hype around it. Let’s hope Bright does.
Will Smith again, this time playing dating coach Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens, who helps the unucky-in-love Albert (Kevin James) to woo Allegra (Amber Valletta), while attempting to overcome his own romantic setbacks in pursuit of gossip columnist Sara (Eva Mendes). It's predicatable, a little bit cheesy but we like this movie anyway.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (from 5 December)
The sequel to probably Marvel's biggest surprise hit, Guardians Vol 2 is just as funny and filled with just as much action as the first installment.
As the gang escape from a predicament entirely of their own (well, Rocket's) making, they run into Peter Quill/Star Lord's (Chris Pratt) father, played by Kurt Russell, and discover more about his mysterious past. And if that's not enough, there's the adorable Baby Groot and an appearance from Sylvester Stallone.
Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-nominated film follows a platoon of US Marines through their training and the experience of one of those Marines, JT 'Joker' Davis, as a war correspondent for Stars and Stripes, witnessing the horrors of war first hand.
Starring Eminem, this is heavily based on the rapper's own upbringing. Eminem plays Jimmy 'B-Rabbit' Smith, an aspiring rapper from the wrong side of the tracks who must rely on his own talent to escape from the ghetto.
A huge commercial success, 8 Mile also won a host of awards on its release including the Oscar for Best Original Song for 'Lose Yourself'.
The tale of monastery cook Nacho (Jack Black) who attempts to win the heart of a nun – and buy better food for the orphans he cooks for – by becoming a Luchador wrestler. It's actually loosely based on a real-life Mexican Catholic priest, Fray Tormenta, who had a 23-year career as a masked luchador, fighting to support the orpanage he directed.
V for Vendetta
Dystopian political thriller in which a masked vigilante known only as V (Hugo Weaving) fights against a fascist government using terrorist tactics. When V rescues Evey (Natalie Portman) he finds an ally.
Based on Alan Moore and David Lloyd's graphic novel of the same name, V for Vendetta has been seen as an allegory of political oppression and, according to Lloyd: "The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I'm happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way."
Get Netflix free for a month
Of course, in order to watch any of these movies you’ll have to have a Netflix subscription. If you don’t have one already you can get a free trial, which will take you nicely to the other side of Christmas, giving you enough time to watch everything we’ve mentioned above.
After your trial ends, you can choose the plan that suits you best – £5.99 lets you watch in standard definition on one screen at a time, £7.99 opens up HD streaming and lets you watch on two devices simultaneously, and for £9.99 you can watch in Ultra HD on up to four devices at the same time. The beauty of all of Netflix’s plans is that you can cancel any time you like.
There is another option, though. Sign up to one of Virgin Media’s TV and broadband bundles before 18 December and you’ll get six months of Netflix thrown in for free. Virgin’s bundles cost between £56 and £91 a month depending on how fast a broadband connection you want and how many channels are included in the package.
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