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As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to rage on from 2020 into 2021, many film studios had to push back the releases of some of their movies. Some studios even had to halt filming or animating temporarily. But even in these conditions, they managed to pump out some of the greatest hits of the year.
Taking the anime world by storm, Haruo Sotozaki’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba anime adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge’s original work was an instant success among many fans. After its first season concluded, Ufotable, the studio that produces said anime, announced that Demon Slayer would be getting its own movie to push the series’s story even further before its second season would release. Now fans can experience the absolute thrilling journey in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train. The film still follows the show’s three main characters, Tanjio, Zenitsu, and Inosuke, while new faces are introduced like the Demon Slayer Corps flame pillar, Rengoku.
For those who are looking for a more family-oriented film, Mike Rianda’s theatrical debut with Mitchells vs. The Machines is a perfect late-night watch option. The story tells of Katie Mitchell, a young high school graduate who just got accepted into college. But her parents are afraid of seeing their daughter less and less, so they plan a road trip along with her younger brother and dog. But their family bonding plans go south when their world’s electronics come alive. This film has many humorous jokes that even parents will enjoy and the theme that family is stronger than everything.
Shifting over to a film that has a song playing all over the world right now, Disney’s new musically sensational film, Encanto, is a movie enjoyed by all ages. Directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard, the story begins with Mirabel, played by Stephanie Beatriz, the only person in the Madrigal family who hasn’t been gifted with magical powers. Taking on a role similar to that of a Disney princess, Stephanie gives a great performance full of cheerful and charming songs with some added family-friendly jokes. This isn’t Disney’s flashiest or most heartbreaking musical, but it plays its part in keeping its viewers entertained and excited, all while having the ability to listen to all of the great songs featured, especially “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.”
To conclude, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt on pretty much everything in our daily lives. But through sheer determination and working around health precautions, film studios have been able to place their films in theatres for all to watch.