The musical is one of those film genres that periodically emerges from periods of stagnation to regain popularity with audiences and critics. This seems to be one of those times, with the many musicals being released in 2021 only. There is no doubt that the genre is uniquely capable of capturing the simple joy of being human and seeing the moving body and hearing the raised human voice in song.
Luckily for fans of the genre, 2022 is set to be another banner year for the genre, with several movies slated for release.
Cyrano — February 25
Peter Dinklage has already earned a reputation as one of today’s finest actors, and he’s best known for playing Tyrion Lannister in game of thrones (he remains one of his best characters). Thus, he is the ideal person to embody the character of Cyrano in the new musical adaptation of the classic French play.
Trailers for the film show Dinklage bringing a soulful twist to the man who yearns for a woman who doesn’t love him and therefore strives to reunite her with his friend.
Marry Me — February 11
Jennifer Lopez has had quite a powerful career and she has starred in many great romantic comedies. Her latest adventure is a bit of a throwback, focusing as it does on a singer who spontaneously proposes marriage to a member of one of her audiences. Although the film’s central premise is quite implausible and even a bit silly, that’s what makes it such a perfect musical.
It’s pure escapism, allowing the viewer to inhabit the magical world that this genre is so adept at creating. To make things even better, there’s undeniable chemistry between Lopez and frontman Owen Wilson.
Aline — April 8
Celine Dion is widely considered one of the finest singers of her generation, and she’s had a career that would be the envy of anyone. So, it’s not entirely surprising that she’s also getting the musical biographical treatment, as will be the case with the upcoming A line. Although the film is a fictionalized version of his life, it’s very easy to see how his own life story inspires the film.
Although somewhat lacking in dramatic tension, and although the choice to play the same actress throughout her life is odd, it is still a satisfying musical biography.
Sneakerella — May 13
Some fairy tales seem destined to be re-imagined over and over and over again, sometimes with very mixed results. Cinderella is definitely one of them, and while Disney’s version is still the one most people think of, there have been plenty of other interpretations, especially in recent years.
The film Sneakerellawhich is due out in May this year, will certainly be considered one of the best, focusing as it does on a gender-swapped version in which the main character is male rather than female.
The Bob’s Burgers Movie – May 27
Bob’s Burgers has earned a reputation as one of the best-animated adult comedies, and it retains an undeniable charm. So it was no surprise that it was announced that he was going to get the big screen treatment.
Based on what’s been revealed about the plot so far, the film will focus on the Belchers’ attempts to save their business after a mysterious sinkhole appears. Given that the voice cast has already shown just how talented they are over the show’s several seasons, it’s sure to be a charmer in the film, especially since it’ll also add musical numbers to the mix.
Pinocchio — to be determined
In the same way Cinderella, Pinocchio, the story of a wooden toy who longs to be transformed into a real boy, has been adapted for the screen several times. It is now set to become a stop-motion animated film, co-directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson.
Given the former’s involvement, it’s almost certain that this take on the story will be a bit darker, but since it’s a core part of the original story, it’s sure to be another hit for the director.
Matilda – December
Matilda is a beloved children’s book character, and many fondly remember the 1990s film version of the story. Others, however, might be more familiar with the wildly successful Broadway musical version, which should now be made into a movie.
The film already boasts an impressive cast, with Emma Thompson playing the villainous Miss Trunchbull. Considering she was so good at playing a villain in Cruella, she’s sure to excel in that role as well.
13: The Musical – TBA
Unlike many other musicals about teens, which typically use adult actors in the roles, 13 is notable for using a cast that is actually age appropriate.
Although the film has yet to receive an official release date, it is sure to be a hit, given the strong story that is at the heart of the musical. Plus, he’s already cast several big names, including Debra Messing and Rhea Perlman.
Disenchanted – TBA
Disney has been responsible for some of the most beloved animated musicals in the genre’s history, and that includes Delighted, which is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek satire of her princess movie lore. Although it’s been a while since that film was released, there’s now a sequel set to be released in 2022, with the seemingly perfect bliss forever of the first film set to be disrupted.
Along with the original cast, there are also several new additions, including Maya Rudolph.
Pinocchio – TBD
by Disney Pinocchio is one of their underrated classic movies, and so it’s a bit of a surprise that it’s scheduled to be handled live by the studio. However, given the success of so many of their other such offerings, there’s every reason to think this new release will be just as delicious as the old one.
Plus, the fact that he’s playing Tom Hanks as Geppetto suggests he’ll have a charm of his own.
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