December is finally here, which means your freezer is stuffed with festive food, you’re having mince pies for breakfast; and are dreading having to spend time with that elderly aunt who pinches your cheeks, or that distant uncle that pinches your bottom! It also means you’ve likely already planned out your Netflix binge-watching session. Don’t worry, we all have, there is no shame in sinking at least a full week of your holiday leave into watching TV.
Plus, the good news is that Netflix is well aware of your December binge-watching tendencies, and is bulking up on content to keep you entertained. Want to know what’s new? Take a look at some of the most interesting shows that are being added to the streaming service in December. Grab the popcorn, sit back, and be sure to put your phone on silent.
Avengers: Infinity War
Many comic book buffs agree that Avengers: Infinity War is the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It received widespread critical acclaim, and had viewers on the edge of their seats until the final, cliffhanger ending. Originally released in cinemas on April 27th, and managing to amass a gobsmacking $2 billion at the box office, this titan of Hollywood will be hitting Netflix on Christmas day.
Perhaps not the most festive film ever released, and perhaps far darker than other films in the series, many will still likely be having an Avengers day on Christmas. If you do or don’t catch it on Christmas, be sure to catch it at some point in preparation for the new Avengers film, due out in cinemas May 3rd, 2019.
Originally released on 14 August 2009, District 9 is another film that received widespread critical and public praise. Also a film that is hardly fitting for the festive season, District 9 took an unflinching look at how an alien visitation might actually play out in real life. It was a surprise hit that jumped to number 1 at the United States box office, and catapulted director Neill Blomkamp into the global spotlight.
The film took $210 million at the box office, gathered an enormous cult following, and will be on Netflix for your festive season viewing pleasure on December 4th.
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Also releasing on Christmas day is a 4 part miniseries of Watership Down. You may be familiar with the original animated adaptation from 1978, or the book published in 1972, on which it was based. Either way, if you remember anything you’ll remember that the stories are deeply twisted and more than a little disturbing. Many a child in the 70s was lured into watching the animation with the promise of talking rabbits, only to be traumatised for life.
The good news is that a whole new generation of children can be traumatised with this new miniseries created by Netflix and the BBC. There are a few famous voices in the mix, including Sir Ben Kingsley, which promises that the series will be of decent production value. Seriously though, probably best that the kids don’t watch this one, despite the talking bunnies.
Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle
Perhaps one of the biggest releases of December is Mowgli; Legend of the Jungle. Yes, that’s Mowgli from The Jungle Book. Released on December 7th, the live action adaption of the Jungle Book is hitting the world not so long after the live action Disney version from a few months ago, which might make you suspect that The Jungle Book is tired territory.
This version has a few interesting differences, however, with the first being that it promises to be far darker than the Disney version and closer to the original source material. The next thing to keep in mind is that it’s directed by none other than Gollum from Lord Of The Rings, or Andy Serkis to be more precise. More than a little curious now, aren’t you? This film was intended for in cinema, but it seems that Netflix snapped up the project from Warner Brothers at the last minute. Now isn’t that… precious?!