• Tue. Mar 2nd, 2021

Streaming Services bring entertainment home

ByPhoebe Cox

Feb 11, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a series of challenges for all people and industries. One sector that has been heavily hit hard is the movie industry. 

With movie theatres shutting down all over the country and avid-theater goers finding their schedules open, the desire for cinematic masterpieces to go directly to streaming services has exponentially increased. Thankfully, services like Netflix and Disney Plus have stepped up their game and given the people what they want. 

In 2013, Netflix began producing their own original content. If you find yourself amongst the throngs of millions of people searching for new material to watch, look no further. Netflix has come out with a host of new shows and documentaries to satisfy the people’s needs. 

If you’re looking for something utterly spooky and mind-twisting, “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” is for you. Written by the same masterminds behind “The Haunting of Hill House,” this show offers the audience a whole plethora of jumps and scares as you travel through the world of a haunted English countryside.

“The Queen’s Gambit,” is more of an intellectual thriller that pulls you along through the realm of chess and into the mind of an orphaned girl. Be prepared for tears to fall as you learn more about the girl who completely upturns the norms of a game that has been around for centuries. 

Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes, and Ariana Grande have all released enthralling documentaries that can only be found on Netflix, taking the initiative to deliver their creative intellects to you right in the comfort of your own home (or dorm). 

Ever since its debut appearance in 2019, Disney Plus has astounded fans and haters alike as it has made available closely-guarded content from Disney vaults.

“The Mandalorian,” presents an intriguing side story to the Star Wars universe. It tells the captivating journey of a lone Mandalorian on a quest to save the goodness of the Force. Avid and not-so-avid Star Wars fans alike will enjoy this show as new favorite characters travel the galaxy. 

The recently released, Marvel-inspired show “Wandavision” has many viewers feeling fascinated and confused at the same time. The old-timey vibe and twisting plot lines keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Sophomore Ryan Abraham offers his opinion on the show’s success and appeal to the public. He states that its connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a big part of its popularity, especially since Wanda has become a beloved character by many. Its “sit-come mystery angle” keeps it engaging and has viewers coming back for more. 

Additionally, he believes that it presents an important message that pertains to today’s crazy times. He says that, “It could become a very good narrative for [how to deal with] grief processing.” That’s something that our culture needs and could use right now. 

“Soul,” a philosophical adventure into the realm of the unconscious, is a seemingly light-hearted film. Upon closer examination though, you’ll see that the star cast of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey are able to bring to light deep themes like existentialism, the purpose of life, and second-chances. 

Although much controversy surrounds the movie “Mulan,” it is able to bring a fan-favorite classic to the live-action cinema with a different perspective with its diverse cast and stunning graphics. Critics have their ups and downs with rating it, but overall, whether you’re looking for something entertaining or even just something to make fun of, this is the movie for you. 

Overall, movies and TV shows alike have the power to draw us into a different world, even if it’s just for a couple minutes or for a couple hours. 

Senior Andrew Taylor offers insight on the true value of movies and TV shows. He mentions how it’s convenient to have these streaming services offered.

 “I don’t have to get in my car and waste gas and go to a place which charges money for food. I can just sit on my couch and eat whatever food I want., said Taylor. 

Even though the theater isn’t what it used to be, we can relax in the comfort of the knowledge that producers and directors are making efforts to bring these works of art to us, safely.

Phoebe Cox
pecox@vwu.edu