By Ashwathi Chemban and Kaitlyn John
Netflix, the world-wide popular streaming service, has introduced its newest venture: releasing a new movie for every week of 2021. In December, Netflix announced that over 70 titles, ranging from all types of genres, including romantic comedies, action, thrillers, and animation, would be released this year. Not only is there a diverse variety of genres being presented at the table, there is also a star-studded roster for the upcoming films, including actors and actresses such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Zendaya and Naomi Watts.
Many prominent filmmakers, such as Adam McKay, will be involved with production, and the releases will mark the directorial debuts of individuals such as Lin Manuel Miranda and Halle Berry. Some anticipated films that are in production are “Don’t Look Up,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Timothée Chalamet, as well as the highly-awaited final installment of the popular rom-com trilogy, “To All The Boys: Always and Forever.”
“Netflix releasing a new movie every Friday is a great idea! I love knowing that there will be a new movie for me to watch every week. During these unprecedented times, having a new movie is very comforting,” said junior Sakin Ahmed.
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Netflix plans to increase viewership by initiating the release of new movies every week for the entirety of 2021.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have not been able to physically go to their local movie theaters to watch their favorite films. In addition, people are often bored at home, which is a major cause for the increase of Netflix subscriptions, resulting in more content for Netflix.
Competition has also sprouted with other streaming services since the announcement. According to “The Verge,” platforms such as HBO Max hope that the releases of movies such as “The Suicide Squad” and “Matrix 4” will steer subscribers away from Netflix and bring in an influx of consumers to their end. However, this does not pose too much of an issue as Netflix is in a prime financial position to purchase a staple of movies from studios such as Paramount and Universal. As of this month alone, several new titles have already been released on Netflix, including “The Dig, Pretend It’s a City,” and “The White Tiger.”
“Releasing a new movie every week has its faults. With releasing new movies so frequently, Netflix will need a lot more funding, meaning that the movies won’t be of high quality,” said junior Arwa Rahim.
Many students are anticipating several upcoming movies, such as “Malcolm and Mary” and “Vincenzo.” Netflix has created a lot of anticipation at just the beginning of the year and time will tell if the platform will maintain its influence for the remainder of 2021.