It’s been quite an eventful year especially in the movie industry, despite the world still grappling to get a hold on the pandemic, 2021 witnessed a mammoth of film releases. Theatres were semi-filled as covid restrictions and guidelines made sure of that, however, streaming platforms provided the much-needed entertainment for movie lovers considering that a lot of releases were made on the VODs.

As the year gradually comes to an end, more releases are expected, let’s take a look at the movies that made our top ten list for the year 2021 in no particular order.

10.  Nobody: Bob Odenkirk gave us a shocking and outstanding performance in this violent action-packed flick. He perfectly embodies the role of ‘Nobody’, an ex-assassin who lives a boring life with his family in the suburbs. His brutal and sinister dark side came out to play when his family was threatened by a Russian crime lord.

9. Black Widow: After years of painfully waiting for the make and release, fans of Natasha Romanoff- Scarlett Johansson went on frenzy when Black Widow hit the screens on July 9. Black Widow details the origin story of an ex-Russian assassin, Shield agent and a member of the Avengers- Natasha Romanoff, her quest to save her adopted sister and take her revenge on an old nemesis.

8. Dune: With a star-studded cast, this novel adaptation has got movie enthusiasts talking for months. Considered to be the most highly anticipated movie of the year, Dune is a sci-fi epic film that lived up to expectations and fans are already drumming for the sequel.  It stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Mamoa and others.

7. Breaded Life: A captivating story about love and life. Breaded life follows the story of a rich spoilt guy who falls in love with an uneducated street bread seller and how they get through many challenges to be together.  It stars Bimbo Ademoye, Timini Egbuson, Tina Mba and Bisola Aiyeola.#6. La Femme Anjola: Rita Dominic gave a sterling performance in this psychological thriller. The movie tells of a young stockbroker who falls head over heels with the wife of a gangster with all the goodies and baggage that comes with it. The film was released in theatres on the 19th of March and has gone on to make more than twenty million naira at the box office.

Top 10 Movies of 2021

5. King of Boys 2: Though not a movie, KOB made it to our list. The Kemi Adetiba produced and directed film was and still is a great work of fiction. Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated series of the year, it didn’t fall short of expectations, rather it built on the already established genius of Kemi. In the sequel to KOB1, the story still circles Eniola Salami as she proves once again that she is indeed the controller of the streets and yes, the King of Boys.  It stars Sola Sobowale, Akin Lewis, Toni Tones, Illbliss, Reminisce and new entrants such as Deyemi Okelanwon,  Charly Boy, Titi Kuti, Lord Frank, Nse Ikpe Etim, Richard Mofe Damijo, Dapo Banjo, Osas Ighodaro, Bimbo Manuel and Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett

4. ‘Sweet Girl’: A movie that shocked most of us with the ending. It’s about a man that went all out to avenge the death of his wife while at the same time trying to protect his only daughter- but in the end, it turned out he didn’t do the “avenging”.  It has an impressive cast- Jason Mamoa and Marisa Tomei, Manuel Garcia-Ruflo, Isabela Merced, Adria Arjona, Raza Jaffrey and others.

3. No Time to Die: Daniel Craig gave us an amazing performance as he bows out playing the character of Britain’s most decorated spy- James Bond, he even went out with a bang. What a movie! If you’ve not seen No Time to Die you are probably not a “die-hard” fan of the James Bond franchise. It also stars Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Jeffrey Wright and Ben Whishaw.

2. The Harder They Fall: Okay, something is going on right now regarding all African/black-themed movies or blacks playing significant characters. Cheers to the first all-black cast for a western movie- yes, a western. The Harder They Fall is a commendable attempt at hardcore guns blazing western with black actors. It’s about an outlaw who discovers that the man he’s been hunting down for years for killing his father is his older brother. Guess what, it samples an original soundtrack of the late Afrobeat Legend- Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The movie has a star-studded cast which includes- Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beets, Delroy Lindo, Regina King and other talented acts.

1. Fatherhood: You didn’t think we’d end the list without a teary drama right? Think again. Hehehe… In Fatherhood, Kevin Hart shows us a side we didn’t quite know he could. Here he plays a serious and almost not-so-funny character, you could say he’s a regular guy. The movie shares light on the life of Mathew Longelin who despite all odds, raises his daughter alone following the unexpected death of his wife a day after she was born. It features Anthony Carrigan, Melody Hurd, Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery, Deborah Ayorinde, Frankie Faison and DeWanda Wise.

Do you think some movies should’ve made the list? Kindly share in the comments.

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