With Boxing Day sales galore, and still being too full to move after Christmas dinner, it’s pretty easy to forget that some of the BEST movies of the year come out on the 26th of December. Why Boxing Day? TBH we may never know, but here are some of the most exciting movies to look forward to after all the Christmas festivities are over!
Disney loves releasing an end of year blockbuster (see: Moana 2016) and this year seems to be no different with the release of the much- anticipated Coco. The story follows 12-year-old Miguel as he accidentally finds himself amongst his ancestors during the Mexican holiday The Day of the Dead, to follow in their footsteps of being a musician. We all know Disney can really do no wrong, and after already released in North and South America, this is being called a must-see!
John Cena voicing a friendly bull? It sounds bizzare but it really works in 20th Century Fox’s latest release, Ferdinand. After living his life smelling flowers instead of running down red flags, Ferdinand the bull is plunged into disaster and he must choose between doing what a bull is expected to do, or being his non-violent true self. This heart-warmer of a comedy will slap a smile on your dial and make your Boxing Day that much better.
The Greatest Showman
Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya all in one movie? ! Uhhh… yes please. Seven years in the making The Greatest Showman is finally here, following the story of the real life Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. With original musical numbers, a Zendaya/Zac Efron love affair, and trapezing tricks galore, we may just burst with excitement before the 26 th. We can’t wait to see how this one plays out!
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Following on from the original film from 20 years ago, the world of Jumanji is back to claim it’s next victims. After discovering the video game during a school detention, four kids are sucked into the jungle and are literally turned into the characters that they chose. Staring Jack Black, Dwayne The Rock, Kevin Hart, and Nick Jonas, it’s got all the makings to be one of the biggest comedies of the year.
Andrew Garfield is back Boxing Day to grace the big screen in the biographical drama Breathe. Based on the true story of Robin Cavendish who was paralysed from polio in 1958 but invented the ventilator wheelchair to continue living his life instead of sitting in hospital. If you were a fan of Me Before You or The Fault In Our Stars then this will be right up your alley. Just be sure to bring some tissues!
Call Me By Your Name
After making a splash at the 2017 Sundance festival and receiving rave reviews from the likes of the NY Times and Rolling Stone, Call Me By Your Name is finally releasing Down Under. The drama/romance is a LGBT+ film set in the Italian country side that details the encounters of 17-year-old Elio and his family’s summer American homestay, Oliver. If you’re after a tale of first love and coming of age that sent critics into a whirlwind of admiration, then make sure to catch this one on Boxing Day!
If you’re looking for something on the more engaging side of films, The Hero will be top of your list! Looking back at the height of his career, Lee Hayden realises he has peaked as an actor and has resorted to filming voiceovers for commercials. When he discovers he has terminal cancer, his career jumpstarts with the help of his new-found lover and he must come to terms with his reality. A heavy drama staring Sam Elliot and Laura Prepron that will really have you thinking about life and its endless possibilities.
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Image credit: The Greatest Showman