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What changes to economic systems will 2021 bring? Here’s what business leaders say

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What changes to economic systems will 2021 bring? Here’s what business leaders say

 

With more than 2 million COVID-19 deaths worldwide and rising, getting the virus under control is a top priority for 2021.

However, full recovery is dependent not only on addressing the health crisis, but also the long-term economic impacts – and in an equitable, inclusive and sustainable way.

“Facing the ongoing public health crisis of COVID-19 and the pandemic’s lasting effects on the global economy, policy-makers around the world must take this moment to reflect not just on the immediate recovery, but on how this time can be used to transform their economic systems,” wrote the Forum’s Managing Director Saadia Zahidi.

“Growth and productivity alone are not enough, without addressing inequality and the environment. There is a need to shift policies so that economies make sustainability and social inclusion central to how they function,” she continued.

The Davos Agenda is mobilizing global leaders to work together virtually to achieve a more inclusive, cohesive and sustainable future as soon as possible. An entire week of global programming is dedicated to helping leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and drive a robust recovery over the next year – with Day 1 (25 January) focused on how we can design cohesive, sustainable and resilient economic systems.

Ahead of the meeting, we invited World Economic Forum Strategic Partners to share ideas on how to create fairer economic systems.

‘Invest in long-term growth and resilience’

Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC

In 2020, the pandemic disrupted the global businesses, society and governments. It has initiated and, in many cases, accelerated key structural changes that will impact our businesses and economy for many years to come. As we lived through the pandemic, the industry moved very fast to adopt new ways of solving pressing problems in real-time. We must leverage this in 2021 to address the challenges and capitalize on exciting opportunities and fundamentally change our approach on how we lead and continue to invest in long-term growth and resilience that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.

These are the risks that pose the biggest threat to the world in 2021.

Image: World Economic Forum

‘Radical collaboration’

Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and CEO, EY

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is an example of what we can achieve with collaboration.

Image: REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

I have been heartened by the resilience, innovation and dynamism I’ve seen over the course of 2020 as so many people, businesses and communities struggled to navigate the challenges. In many cases, what we found, is that when we work together, contribute our skills and insights to the challenge before us, we make progress. Radical collaboration (even among competitors) can address problems, create societal value and spur innovation.

COVID-19 vaccine development is one great example. We can bring this spirit of partnership to other critical issues – economic inequality, climate change, education and social justice.

In 2021, I think creative collaborations will be in demand – as businesses, community/academic organizations and governments seek diverse thinking and new approaches to enduring social, economic and political issues.

‘Transform quickly and effectively’

Simon Freakley, CEO, AlixPartners

In the midst of one of the most profound public health and economic crises the world has ever experienced, we saw just how quickly business could transform when necessary. New platforms for remote working and digital commerce, which had been slated to take years, were adopted within weeks.

Supply chains and distribution channels were adjusted to maintain the delivery of critical products and services. And, of course, there are the heroic efforts by pharmaceutical companies to develop, test, manufacture, and distribute vaccines at record pace, which will ensure an eventual end to this crisis.

If businesses can transform quickly and effectively in the face of COVID-19, they can also do so when confronted with the challenges from disruption. In an interconnected world, the success of these efforts reverberates beyond any one business and their stakeholders. It supports societies and communities by building a long-term and sustainable future for many through the virtuous cycle of innovation, job creation, and economic growth.

But the time to define this future is today.

‘Double down on collaboration’

Aaron Karczmer, Chief Risk Officer and EVP, Risk and Platforms, PayPal

This past year was extraordinary, from the unprecedented challenges, to the remarkable ways in which groups came together to respond in a more equitable and inclusive manner. Multi-sector partnerships have, for some time, provided an effective model to address critical gaps, but moving forward into the broad global recovery of 2021, we must rethink the way we work together and double down on collaboration.

Challenges requiring innovative solutions range profoundly – from promoting physical health and mental well-being, to catalyzing economic recovery and empowerment, and even refortifying cyber safety and security in the accelerating digital world. To drive positive change, all sectors must recognize this opportunity to create a new collaborative paradigm, raise the stakes of participation by bringing all assets to bear, and provide each other accountability. Creating this new paradigm may be the only way we can effectively meet our scale of need with the necessary scale of impact.

The World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity is leading the global response to address systemic cybersecurity challenges and improve digital trust. We are an independent and impartial global platform committed to fostering international dialogues and collaboration on cybersecurity in the public and private sectors. We bridge the gap between cybersecurity experts and decision makers at the highest levels to reinforce the importance of cybersecurity as a key strategic priority.

Our community has three key priorities:

Strengthening Global Cooperation – to increase global cooperation between public and private stakeholders to foster a collective response to cybercrime and address key security challenges posed by barriers to cooperation.

Understanding Future Networks and Technology – to identify cybersecurity challenges and opportunities posed by new technologies, and accelerate forward-looking solutions.

Building Cyber Resilience – to develop and amplify scalable solutions to accelerate the adoption of best practices and increase cyber resilience.

Initiatives include building a partnership to address the global cyber enforcement gap through improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public-private collaboration in cybercrime investigations; equipping business decision makers and cybersecurity leaders with the tools necessary to govern cyber risks, protect business assets and investments from the impact of cyber-attacks; and enhancing cyber resilience across key industry sectors such as electricity, aviation and oil & gas. We also promote mission aligned initiatives championed by our partner organizations.

The Forum is also a signatory of the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace which aims to ensure digital peace and security which encourages signatories to protect individuals and infrastructure, to protect intellectual property, to cooperate in defense, and refrain from doing harm.

For more information, please contact us.

‘Be prepared to respond effectively, creatively and collaboratively’

Carolina Klint, Managing Director, Marsh

This capability to act with single-minded purpose needs to be institutionalized – the pursuit of national and global resilience is bigger than any one organization and any one risk.

More collaboration across society – the public and private sectors, communities, and NGOs – is essential. It will involve developing stimulus programs that incentivize sustainable recovery efforts that include green infrastructure and clean energy projects. It will require partnerships between the public and private sectors to upskill workers for an exploding digital economy. And it ought to necessitate the creation of new pandemic and emerging risk insurance mechanisms that could help stabilize companies during extended crisis events.

To build and maintain resilience, it is important that business keeps an eye on potentially high impact events in the short-term and on the longer-term landscape. And then be prepared to respond effectively, creatively and collaboratively. This is vital for businesses and the global community to sustainably navigate the risks and opportunities ahead, strengthen their resilience to future shocks and progress towards long-term prosperity.

Private companies must ‘be at the heart’ of recovery

Shunichi Miyanaga, Chairman of the Board, MHI Japan

While we will still need to cope with the continuing threat of COVID-19 by increasing vaccine production and improving therapies and medications, 2021 will be the year the world starts its recovery from the social and economic damage caused by the pandemic. This recovery will, however, be in different directions and at a different pace for each society, each economy and each industry.

In order to overcome the pandemic’s vast and grave damage, we – private companies – should be at the heart of the movement. By integrating our collective cutting-edge technologies and industrial expertise with experience addressing past disasters and far-reaching global issues, we can chart a course to a more sustainable and equitable recovery. We also need to closely and diligently work with governments to secure a healthy foundation for society, and to focus on the immediate recovery while maintaining well balanced long-term growth potential, particularly in fields with challenging technological, industrial and societal goals such as decarbonization.

Private companies can have an impact on climate change – here’s how

Image: World Economic Forum

‘Harness the spirit of adaptability, ambition and collective endeavour’

Noel Quinn, Chief Executive, HSBC

Sustainable infrastructure, clean technology and renewable energy are the next high-growth sectors.

Image: REUTERS/Sergio Perez

The past year has shown that there is great power in people working collectively to find solutions to common problems.

Whole industries and professions have proven to be much more adaptable than many anticipated, proving again that the most challenging times often lead to the greatest innovation. This should encourage much greater ambition in re-building a dynamic, sustainable global economy.

We have all been concerned, and humbled, by the fragility of the world in 2020, but we should move forward with optimism. The arrival of multiple vaccines means that large parts of the global economy should be able to reopen soon. There is also real momentum behind the push to make our economies more resilient and sustainable to protect against future crises, while protecting the communities left behind. Sustainable infrastructure, clean technology and renewable energy are the next high-growth sectors.

If we can harness the spirit of adaptability, ambition and collective endeavour we witnessed in 2020, we have all the tools at our disposal to build a lasting and sustainable recovery.

‘Plan a stable, sustainable economic recovery for all’

Jes Staley, Group CEO, Barclays

We can’t begin planning early enough to shape a recovery which actively rebalances the growing inequality in our economies that has been the source of much political and social instability. That the bond market is not forecasting inflation indicates an absence of wage growth – in spite of unprecedented fiscal and monetary responses – and that should be a flashing warning light on the dashboard.

A recovery without growth for any but the wealthiest individuals and institutions is unstable. Governments and business should forge genuine working partnerships, bringing expertise and resources together to plan a stable, sustainable economic recovery for all. In the UK, the focus on addressing regional disparities in growth and productivity is the right policy response and needs a deep, sustained partnership with business to bring about the necessary change.

Cumulative percent change in real annual wages, by wage group, 1979-2018

Image: World Economic Forum

‘Think big’

Bill Thomas, Global Chairman and CEO, KPMG International

Solving the health crisis is the priority – we’re stuck until that happens. But with the promise of vaccines, hopefully we’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to put things on the right track for future generations. The pandemic has magnified many faults across our societies that need to be addressed, and because of it, ESG is no longer a question but a necessity.

All stakeholders are demanding more because the problems society faces are global in scope and existential in threat. A global pandemic. Climate change. Racial injustice. Economic inequality. Rising unemployment. All distinct issues, but all connected.

We need to think big and business has an important role in leading on these issues. We can help ensure that we all collectively make a difference where it counts.

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Netflix Original Movies Coming in 2021 & Beyond

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Welcome to our biggest preview ever looking at all the Netflix Original movies coming to Netflix globally in 2021 and beyond. 

Netflix has been releasing hundred over 100 movies every single year for the past few years and that looks to be ramping up both in terms of quantity and quality with huge talent behind and in front of the cameras. Not only that, Netflix’s strategy involves talent from all over the world making it truly formidable.

On January 12th, Netflix lifted the lid on its 2021 lineup and we’ve adjusted this article to have all the of the confirmed movies for 2021 below and then go into other movies in development in the beyond section.

Now it’s important to state this isn’t every movie in development. We actually don’t think we’ve even covered half of the movies currently on their way but we had to put this out eventually.

So without further ado, here’s our massive preview of movies confirmed for 2021 and some of the biggest titles coming beyond.


Netflix Original Movies Confirmed for 2021

Army of the Dead

Genre: Horror
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro

army of the dead netflix 2021 movie

In the mood for zombies? Zack Snyder who is currently in high demand completed filming for Army of the Dead in 2020 but with several changes to the cast to be done in post-production, it was pushed back.

The movie release is set to only be the beginning of Army of the Dead on Netflix with a prequel and anime series also planned.


A Castle for Christmas

Director: Mary Lambert
Genre: Christmas
Cast: Brooke Shields, Cary Elwes

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One of the many Christmas movies in development includes A Castle For Christmas which comes from the director of Pet Semetary from 1989.

The movie follows a writer who travels to Scotland looking to buy a castle but butts heads with the current owner.

Filming reportedly started in late September 2020.


Awake

Director: Mark Raso
Genre:
Sci-fi
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Frances Fisher, Barry Pepper, Finn Jones

awake netflix cast

This sci-fi thriller follows a mother and daughter looking for a solution that rendered technology useless and humans unable to sleep.


A Week Away

Director: Roman White
Genre: Musical
Cast: Bailee Madison, David Koechner, Sherri Shepherd, Kevin Quinn

a week away netflix

Faith-based musical from Roman White who is behind Summer Forever and Taylor Swift’s You Belong with Me.

Here’s what you can expect from the musical:

“Nowhere left to go, Will Hawkins finds himself at camp for the first time. His instinct is to run, but he finds a friend, a father figure and even a girl who awakens his heart. Most of all, he finally finds a home.”


A Boy Called Christmas 

Director: Gil Kenan
Genre: Christmas, Family
Cast: Henry Lawfull, Toby Jones, Sally Hawkins, Kristen Wiig, Michiel Huisman, Stephen Merchant, Jim Broadbent, Maggie Smith

christmas boy

Based on a novel by popular British author, Matt Haig, A Boy Called Christmas looks like a real family treat for the 2021 festive season.

A bit like Netflix’s Klaus, we have another origin story about Santa Claus’s roots. The movie follows a young boy called Nikolas, who journeys to the snowy North Pole to find out more about his past, and his Christmas destiny.


Afterlife of the Party 

Director: Stephen Herek
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Cast: Victoria Justice, Midori Francis, Spencer Sutherland

Our protagonist is a social butterfly, whose plans are scuppered when she unexpectedly dies during her birthday week. Fortunately, she’s given a second chance to right her wrongs on earth, and prove she deserves her place in that big VIP room in the sky…


Bad Trip 

Director: Kitao Sakurai
Genre: Comedy, Hidden Camera
Cast: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish, Michaela Conlin

bad trip

If you’ve been missing out on road trips with your buddies in 2021, you can live vicariously through Bad Trip. Produced by the minds behind Jackass and Bad Grampa, this new movie is part scripted buddy-comedy, and part hidden-camera hijinks. Expect plenty of bad taste humor and goofy pranks.


Beauty 

Director: Andrew Dosunmu
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Niecy Nash, Aleyse Shannon, Giancarlo Esposito, Gracie Marie Bradley, Kayle Bary, Michael Ward, Sharon Stone

A gifted young Black woman, Beauty, has a lucrative music career ahead of her. As she is pulled this way and that by the expectations of her family, her best friend, and her record label, Beauty struggles to remain true to herself.


Beckett 

Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Genre: Thriller
Cast: John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps

A couple’s vacation turns into their worst nightmare when they become embroiled in a dark conspiracy at the hands of violent perpetrators.


Blonde

Director: Andrew Dominik
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Cast: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson, Lily Fisher, Caspar Phillipson, Toby Huss, Sara Paxton

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Based on the 2000 novel of the same name, this biopic is a reimagining of the tragic life of Marilyn Monroe (played by Ana de Armas). Adrien Brody stars as Monroe’s husband, The Playwright (AKA Arthur Miller) and Caspar Phillipson stars as JFK. This will be the fifth time he’s played the late president: Phillipson previously filled the role in the 2016 biopic, Jackie, the short film The Speech JFK Never Gave, the History Channel TV drama Project Blue Book, plus a number of stage performances.


Bruised

Director: Halle Berry
Genre: Drama, Sports
Cast: Halle Berry, Adan Canto, Sheila Atim, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Shamier Anderson

bruised netflix 2021 movie

Halle Berry makes her directorial debut in this drama about a disgraced MMA fighter trying to turn her life around by hoping to defeat one of the rising stars in the sport. Berry also stars as the protagonist. The movie debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and was quickly picked up by Netflix. The movie reportedly cost Netflix close to $20 million.


Concrete Cowboy

Director: Ricky Staub
Genre: Western, Drama
Cast: Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint, Clifford ‘Method Man’ Smith

concrete cowboy netflix 2021 movie

Another pickup now from the Toronto Film Festival, featuring action legend Idris Elba and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin.

Concrete Cowboy is a new take on the Western genre. It covers urban cowboys living in Philadelphia and a 15-year-old boy sent to his estranged father who explores the community.


Don’t Look Up

Director: Adam McKay
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Tyler Perry, Timothee Chamalet, Ron Perlman, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep

dont look up netflix

This is one of the biggest movies Netflix has ever assembled. Its cast alone is absolutely huge with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, and Johah Hill all attached.

The movie follows two astronomers who come up against a brick wall when trying to warn the world’s media of a giant meteorite hurtling towards Earth.


Escape from Spiderhead 

Director: Joseph Kosinski
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi- Mystery, Thriller
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller, Jurnee Smollett, Mark Paguio, Tess Haubrich

escape from SH

Set in the near future, two young convicts grapple with their pasts in a facility run by a brilliant visionary, who experiments on inmates with emotion-altering drugs.


Fear Street Trilogy

Director: Leigh Janiak
Genre: Horror, Drama

fear street trilogy netflix

If you loved the work of R.L. Stine growing up, you’ll be pleased to hear that Netflix has adapted the Fear Street novels into a trilogy of movies: Fear Street: 1994, Fear Street: 1978, and Fear Street: 1666. 

In 1994, a group of teens discover that the weird events that have plagued their hometown (Shadyside, Ohio) for generations are no coincidence. They’re the results of a centuries-old curse, and these kids may be its next victims…

The Fear Street trilogy will be available in Summer 2021.


Finding ‘Ohana 

Director: Jude Weng
Genre: Family, Action, Adventure
Cast: Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson, Owen Vaccaro, Kelly Hu, Branscombe Richmond, Ke Huy Quan, Brad Kalilimoku, Chris Parnell

ohana

When two Brooklyn-raised siblings spend their summer in rural Oahu, Hawaii, adventure soon ensues. On the hunt for long-lost treasure, the pair make new friends and reconnect with their somewhat neglected Hawaiian heritage. Available 29 January.


I Care A Lot 

Director: J Blakeson
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest, Peter Dinklage, Chris Messina, Isaiah Whitlock Jr

i care a lot netflix

Rosamund Pike stars in her first Netflix Original as a crooked legal guardian, determined to drain her elderly wards of their life savings. Fortunately/unfortunately, she meets her match in an unassuming woman who she tries to swindle.

Check out our full article on I Care A Lot here. Available to stream from 19 February 2021.


Intrusion 

Director: Adam Salky
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Psychological
Cast: Freida Pinto, Logan Marshall-Green

When a husband and wife move to a small town, everything seems perfect. Unfortunately, a home invasion pretty quickly leaves the wife traumatized and unable to trust those around her. Every family’s worst nightmare.


Kate 

Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson

kate netflix movie 2021

After a soon-to-be-deadly poisoning, female assassin, Kate, has less than 24 hours to reap her revenge. While in the process of getting even, she forms an unlikely bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.


Love Hard 

Director: Hernán Jiménez
Genre: Romantic comedy
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Charles Melton, Darren Barnet, James Saito, Harry Shum Jr

Love Hard fulfills the worst nightmare of anyone who has ever tried online dating. An unlucky-in-love LA girl decides to surprise her new beau with a Christmas visit, only to find out she’s been catfished. However, the guy who duped her promised to set her up with the guy she thought she was chatting to, if she pretends to be his girlfriend for the holiday season.


Malcolm & Marie

Director: Sam Levinson
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Zendaya, John David Washington

malcolm

An up-and-coming film-maker and his girlfriend are flying high after a premiere to celebrate his most recent project. However, the evening takes an unexpected turn for the worst when the couple is forced to examine the strength of their relationship.

This black-and-white arthouse piece was shot during the coronavirus pandemic. Available to stream from 5 February 2021.


Monster 

Director: Anthony Mandler
Genre: Drama
Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr, Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jharrel Jerome, Jennifer Ehle, Rakim Mayers, Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones, Tim Blake Nelson, John David Washington

Steve Harmon is a good kid: a seventeen-year-old honor student studying at an elite high school. But, his world comes crashing down when he is charged with felony murder. Monster tells the story of Harmon’s complex legal battles, and the impact this has on him.


Moxie 

Director: Amy Poehler
Genre: Comedy, Drama,
Cast: Hadley Robinson, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Nico Hiraga, Sydney Park, Josphine Langford, Amy Poehler

moxie netflix movie march 2021

Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.


Munich

Director: Christian Schwochow
Genre: Historical Drama
Cast: Jeremy Irons, George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Sandra Hüller, Liv Lisa Fries, August Diehl, Erin Doherty, Anjli Mohindra, Martin Wuttke

munich netflix

Jeremy Irons headlines the cast for this historical drama that adapts the novel of the same name by Robert Harris.

The movie follows the leading weeks up to the second World War and Neville Chamberlain’s efforts to construct a peace deal.


News of the World

Director: Paul Greengrass
Genre: Historical, Western, Drama
Cast: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Michael Covino, Fred Hechinger

news of the world

Based on the novel of the same name, this upcoming movie stars Tom Hanks as a Civil War veteran who must return a young girl to her surviving family after she was abducted by Native Americans.

In the US, the release and distribution is being handled by Universal, which means it won’t be on Netflix. However, viewers internationally can stream News of the World as a Netflix Original.


Nightbooks

Director: David Yarovesky
Genre:
Family
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Lidya Jewett, Winslow Fegley

A new Halloween family movie about a young boy obsessed with scary stories and ends up being imprisoned by a witch in New York City.

The film was due to start filming in mid-October 2020 and wrap in December. Sam Raimi serves as executive producer.


Night Teeth

Genre: Thriller
Director: Adam Randall
Cast: Alexander Ludwig, Debby Ryan, Sydney Sweeny

night teeth netflix

Filming in New Orleans and Los Angeles, this thriller is set to throw a spanner to the genre that is reminiscent of Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves. It’s about a chauffeur who drives two women to different parties but ends up having to fight for his life.


Outside the Wire 

Director: Mikael Håfström
Genre: Sci-Fi
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Damson Idris, Emily Beecham, Michael Kelly, Pilou Asbaek

outside the wire

This dystopian sci-fi flick follows drone pilot, Harp (Damson Idris), as he attempts to locate a doomsday divide in a deadly militarized zone. Can he find it before the insurgents do?


Penguin Bloom 

Director: Glendyn Ivin
Genre: Biopic, Drama, Tear-Jerker
Cast: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver

penguin boom

Naomi Watts plays young mother, Sam Bloom, in this inspirational true story. When Sam is seriously injured in a car accident, her family struggles to adjust to their new situation. The arrival of an injured baby magpie, whom they name Penguin, helps to change their perspective.


Pieces of a Woman

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Genre: Drama
Cast: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBoeuf

pieces of a woman

A young couple, expecting the arrival of their first child, is left heartbroken when their home-birth goes wrong. Vanessa Kirby (The Crown) stars as the grieving mother, attempting to negotiate life alongside her loss, her loved ones, and a grueling court case against their midwife.

Coming 7 January 2021.


Red Notice

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Genre: Action Comedy
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds

red notice netflix

If big budgets and raw star power is your thing, then Red Notice is probably on your radar. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, this movie follows a group of agents tracking down a globally wanted art thief.


Stowaway

Director: Joe Penna
Genre: Sci-Fi
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson

An unexpected stowaway brings chaos and drama to a mission headed to Mars. The ship’s medic (Anna Kendrick) has a solution, but can she get the captain and crew to listen to her warnings?


Sweet Girl

Director: Brian Andrew Mendoza
Genre:
Action
Cast: Jason Momoa, Isabela Merced, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Raza Jeffrey, Justin Bartha

sweet girl netflix 2021

Marisa Tomei and Jason Mamoa feature in this action drama about a husband looking to get justice for the death of his wife while protecting his daughter.

Philip Eisner, Gregg Hurwitz, and Will Staples are the writers for the title with the movie likely arriving in early 2021 given it’s been in post-production since March 2020.


The Dig

Director: Simon Stone
Genre: Biography, History
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Carey Mulligan

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Netflix and BBC Films team up for The Dig starring Ralph Fiennes. The movie tells the story of an archeologist excavating Sutton Hoo in the early 20th century.

Available on Netflix 29 January 2021.


The Guilty 

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Genre: Thriller
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Keough, Paul Dano, Byron Bowers, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Castaneda, Christina Vidal, Adrian Martinez, Bill Burr, Beau Knapp, Edi Patterson

Remake of the 2018 Danish crime thriller. The action takes place over a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center. Call operator Joe Bayler (Gyllenhaal) becomes embroiled in an attempt to save a caller in peril.


The Harder They Fall 

Director: Jeymes Samuel
Genre: Western, Drama
Cast:  Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, RJ Cyler

Western revenge drama featuring Jonathan Majors as the lead, and Idris Elba as his nemesis who has just been released from prison. This movie is notable for its modern take on the classic Western movie, featuring a stellar all-Black cast.

This is Idris Elba’s second appearance in a 2021 Original Western (the first being Concrete Cowboy).


The Kissing Booth 3

Director: Vince Marcello
Genre: Romance, Teen
Cast: Joey King, Jacob Elordi, Joel Courtney, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Meganne Young, Maisie Richardson-Sellers

the kissing booth 3 netflix 2021

Netflix has been building up its teen romantic dramas for a while with The Kissing Booth now in line for a third (and maybe final movie?) outing.

Here’s what you can expect from the third entry:

“It’s the summer before Elle (Joey King) heads to college, and she has a secret: She got into both Harvard, where her dreamy boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi) goes, and Berkeley, where her BFF Lee (Joel Courtney) is going. Which path will Elle choose?”


The Last Letter from Your Lover

Director: Augustine Frizzell
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast: Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Diana Kent, Callum Turner, Ben Cross, Nabhaan Rizwan, Joe Alwyn, Ncuti Gatwa

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Another one of the book adaptations coming to Netflix in 2021 is The Last Letter from Your Lover which is adapted from the romance novel by Jojo Moyes.

Set in the 1960s, we follow a journalist in London who encounters a series of love letters and quickly becomes obsessed with finding out who the recipient and original sender is.


The Power of the Dog

Genre: Drama
Director: Jane Campion

the power of the dog netflix 2021 movie

Another thrilling drama coming to Netflix next year with an absolutely stacked cast.

Based on the novel by Thomas Savage, Jane Campion adapts and directs. The Power of the Dog is about two brothers whose relationship comes to a head after one gets married.

Among the aforementioned cast includes Kirsten Dunst, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons (who reunites with Kirsten having starred in FX’s Fargo together), Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Thomasin McKenzie.


The Princess Switch 3 

Director: Mike Rohl
Genre: Christmas, Romance
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens

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One of Netflix’s most-loved Christmas franchises is back for its third installment. And you guessed it… this time there’s three of them. When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret’s audacious cousin to retrieve it. Could even more romance be on the cards?!


There’s Someone Inside Your House

Director: Patrick Brice
Genre: Horror
Cast: Sydney Park, Theodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper, Dale Whibley, Jesse LaTourette, Burkely Duffield, Diego Josef

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Coming to Netflix as part of the 21 Laps / Shawn Levy output deal is There’s Someone Insider Your House.

Based on the novel by Stephanie Perkins and adapted by Henry Gayden, the movie follows a class who have just graduated and begins being picked off one by one by a masked assailant intent on revealing their dirty secrets.


The Starling 

Director: Theodore Melfi
Genre: Dramedy
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs, Skyler Gisondo, Loretta Devine, Laura Harrier, Rosalind Chao, Kimberly Quinn, Emily Tremaine, Scott MacArthur, Elisabeth Rohm, Veronica Falcón, Jimmy O. Yang

This heartwarming dramedy explores how nature can help us get through our toughest times. After dealing with hardship, husband Jack (Chris O’Dowd) leaves to take some time for himself, while wife Lily (Melissa McCarthy) stays at their home, dealing with her own struggles. When a starling bird nesting in the backyard starts causing a nuisance, Lily feels personally attacked. Turning to a local vet, Larry, the pair strike up an unlikely friendship, and are able to work through their own problems together.


The Woman in the Window 

Director: Joe Wright
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russel, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julianne Moore, Jeanine Serralles, Mariah Bozeman, Liza Colón-Zayas, Tracy Letts

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Reclusive shut-in, Dr Anna Fox (Amy Adams), rarely leaves her New York City apartment. Instead, she becomes obsessed with watching the world from her window, including her new neighbors. However, her world takes a dark turn when she witnesses a disturbing act of violence.


Things Heard and Seen 

Director: Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman
Genre: Horror
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, James Norton, Natalia Dyer, Rhea Seehorn, Alex Neustaedter, F. Murray Abraham, Karen Allen, Michael Abbott Jr

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This upcoming horror flick is based on the novel ‘All Things Cease to Appear’ by Elizabeth Brundage. A couple from Manhattan up sticks, and move to a small hamlet in the country. However, shortly after arriving, they realize that things are not quite as they seemed: both in their new home and their marriage.


Thunder Force 

Director: Ben Falcone
Genre: Superhero, Comedy
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Melissa Leo, Ben Falcone, Melissa Ponzio, Marcella Lowery, Tyrel Jackson Williams

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Ever wondered what would happen if two ordinary women became superheroes? Thunder Force explores just that! Check out our full article covering everything we know about it so far.


Tick, Tick… Boom!

Director: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Genre: Musical
Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Bradley Whitford, Andrew Garfield

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Broadway musicals being translated into the big screen have been a mixed bag thus far. Hamilton on Disney+ had a huge impact whereas Netflix’s attempts thus far, notably The Boys in the Band have yet to make much noise.

Netflix is therefore picking up Lin-Manuel Miranda who was instrumental in Hamilton to direct this movie featuring Andrew Garfield set in New York. You see more about Netflix’s Tick, Tick… Boom! in our preview.


Nickelodeon’s The Loud House & The Rise of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Genre: Animated, Kids

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Two Nickelodeon animated movies will be coming to Netflix in 2021 based on existing franchises.


The White Tiger

Director: Ramin Bahrani
Genre: Drama
Netflix Release Date: January 22nd

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Ramin Bahrani, an acclaimed writer and director from India will be coming to Netflix in January 2020 with his new movie for Netflix spoken entirely in English.

The movie follows a driver who attempts to rise to the top but risks it all to do so.


To All The Boys: Always & Forever 

Director: Matt Kaplan
Genre: Teen, Romantic
Cast: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Jordan Fisher, Anna Cathcart, Janel Parrish, Ross Butler, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Trezzo Mahoro, Holland Taylor, Sarayu Blue, John Corbett, Kelcey Mawema, Julie Tao as Haven

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The third installment in Netflix’s popular teen romance series. As Lara Jean prepares to finish high school, some life-changing trips change her expectations of her future forever.


Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

Director: Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz-Velasco, Andrew L. Schmidt
Genre: Animated, Kids

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Tales of Arcadia was the expansive universe that came to Netflix as part of the Dreamworks TV deal with executive producer Guillermo del Toro on board. As a surprise after Wizards, it was announced the trilogy would be getting an additional movie called Rise of the Titans.

It’ll reunite much of the big cast seen in previous entries for a final battle against the Arcane Order. Voices include Nick Frost, Nick Offerman, Diego Luna, Steven Yeun, Kelsey Grammer, and Charlie Saxton.


Yes Day 

Director: Miguel Arteta
Genre: Family, Comedy
Cast: Jennifer Garner, Édgar Ramírez, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner, Megan Stott, June Diane Raphael, Nat Faxon

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Sick of feeling like they’re always being negative, Allison and Carlos decide to stop saying NO and start saying YES. They give their kids a ‘yes day’: 24-hours where tehy have to agree to anything the kids suggest. The family ends up on a whrlwind trip around Los Angeles, and they feel closer than ever.


Confirmed International Netflix Original Movies for 2021

  • 8 Rue De l’Humanite – Dany Boon directs this coronavirus centered movie about 7 families living within the same building.
  • Blood Red Sky – A woman with a mysterious illness is forced to play the heroine when a group of terrorists hijack the Transatlantic night flight that she and her child are traveling on.
  • Double Dad – Vicenza is an 18-year old woman who has lived her whole life on a hippie commune. She’s happy enough, but there’s one problem: she doesn’t know who her dad is. In her big to track him down, she ends up finding two father figures. This Brazilian comedy is already available to watch on Netflix.
  • Fever Dream (Distancia De Rescate) – As Amanda lies stricken with an unknown fever, a mysterious boy helps her unravel her past.
  • Fuimos Canciones (We Were Songs) – This Spanish romantic comedy follows 30-year-old Maca (María Valverde) who is doing her best to enjoy life until a figure from her past emerges to complicate things.
  • No One Gets Out Alive – Andy Serkis produced thriller about an immigrant in search of the American dream but ends up finding an American nightmare.
  • O2: When a young woman wakes up with no idea how she ended up inside a cryo unit, she must figure out a way to escape before she runs out of oxygen.
  • Skater Girl: Prerna, a young girl growing up in rural India, discovers a deep love of skateboarding. She must fight for her chance to compete in the national championships.
  • Telfaz11 Movie TBD – An untitled movie hailing from Saudi Arabia’s Telfaz11 production company with the first due to hit Netflix “in late 2021”.
  • The Hand of God – Italian drama film written, directed, and produced by Paolo Sorrentino. Starring Toni Servillo.
  • The Last Mercenary – A former secret agent must dive back into his old profession when his estranged son is falsely accused of serious crimes.
  • The Swarm – A Grasshopper farmer struggles to make ends meet in this unnerving French horror. However, everything changes when she discovers her creepy livestock has a taste for human blood.

Netflix Original Movies Coming Soon (The Beyond Section)

Although we don’t have definite dates for the movie titles below, there’s a chance they could drop onto Netflix in 2021…

America: The Motion Picture

Genre: Animation, Comedy
Director: Matt Thompson

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This huge animated project was originally announced back in 2017 and sees a fictionalized George Washington fighting off revolutionaries to fight King James.

This could still slip in before 2020 ends but by most accounts, it’s more likely releasing in 2021.

Back in May 2020, we first reported on the expanded cast list for the movie including the likes of Simon Pegg, Channing Tatum and Judy Greer all voicing characters.


Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure

Genre: Animation, Family
Director: Richard Linklater

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This family coming-of-age drama will take you back to 1969 focusing on the moon landing from two perspectives, the astronauts and a kid watching from afar.

Zachary Levi and Jack Black headline the cast with Glen Powell, Josh Wiggins, and Samuel Davis also feature.


Born to Be Murdered

Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino

This is a thriller from the screenplay written by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino with Alicia Vikander, John David Washington and Boyd Holbrook set to star.

The premise of the movie is about a young couple who become ensnared in a deadly conspiracy during their vacation in Trikala, Greece.


Chicken Run 2

Director: Sam Fell

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It’s been a minute for Chicken Run but a sequel is finally on the way. Netflix and Aardman Animation have now worked on a number of projects including Robin Robin and Shaun the Sheep but that will expand to the first full feature exclusive to Netflix globally in 2021.

The sequel will see the return of Babs, Ginger, Rocky, and Fletcher living on their new island after escaping Tweedy’s farm.


Diana: A New Musical

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Hamilton lit up audiences on Disney+ and Netflix hopes Diana will be doing the same. Unlike Tick, Tick Boom later in this article, Diana will be the actual broadway play performed live.

The broadway special is set to appear on Netflix before May 25th, 2021 which is currently when the broadway play is set to get underway again.


My Father’s Dragon

Genre: Animated
Director: Nora Twomey

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Cartoon Saloon from Ireland will be bringing their animated feature My Father’s Dragon to Netflix in 2021.

The movie was announced a big lineup of new animated projects back in 2018 with many coming to fruition next year. The movie is being written by Meg LeFauve who was previously at Pixar and wrote Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur.


Pinocchio

Genre: Animation
Director:
Guillermo del Toro

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Guillermo del Toro is working on a number of big projects for Netflix as part of his output deal but perhaps the most exciting is this modern, darker retelling of Pinnochio.

Filmed entirely in stop-motion, we’ll see the classic children’s fairytale come to life with a huge cast. Voices set to feature include Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christopher Waltz, and Ron Perlman.


Spaceman of Bohemia

Genre: Science fiction
Director: Johan Renck

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Adam Sandler is set to headline this sci-fi adaptation of the book from Jaroslav Kalfař with filming set to begin in February 2021.


The Division

Genre: Action
Director: Stephen Gaghan

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Among the multiple video-games Netflix is adapting in multiple formats is Tom Clancy’s The Division which is set to star Jake Gyllenhaal.


The Gray Man

Genre: Action
Director: Joe and Anthony Russo

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The book series from Mark Greaney is set to see a huge adaptation on Netflix and not only that, will likely spawn a huge thriller franchise for Netflix comparable to the size of The Bourne movies and James Bond.

Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Wagner Moura, Jessica Henwick, and Dhanush are all attached to star with Avengers: End Game directors Anthony and Joe Russo directing.


The School for Good and Evil

Genre: Fantasy
Director: Paul Feig

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Decorated director Paul Fieg will adapt the book series The School for Good and Evil for Netflix with Sophia Anne Caruso and Sofia Wylie currently set to star.


Wendell & Wild

Genre: Animation, Horror
Director: Henry Selick

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Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key are both behind the pen and set to voice in this brand new animated movie coming in 2021.

The director behind Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline is lending his talents to this title. It’s dubbed as horror and is about two demon brothers escaping the underworld and must escape a teenager who is trying to vanquish them. Smart guesses say this is one of the Halloween 2021 releases.


In the interest of this article not taking a lifetime to read, here’s a breakdown of even more movies on the way to Netflix.

  • 13: The Musical – CBS film adaptation of the play directed by Tamra Davis.
  • Animal Farm – Andy Serkis directs this adaptation of the George Orwell novel.
  • Army of the Dead: The Prequel – Filming has already concluded on the prequel to the Zack Snyder movie with Matthias Schweighöfer starring and directing.
  • Auntie Claus – New Christmas movie from the creator of High School Musical and Julie and the Phantoms.

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  • Bad Dad – British comedy David Williams (Little Britain) is set to adapt his book for Netflix.
  • Bird Box 2 – A sequel to the Sandra Bullock Netflix smash-hit has long been rumored in development based on the novel’s sequel.
  • Black Crab – Swedish adapting Jerker Virdborg’s novel starring Noomi Rapace.
  • Black Stallions – Comedy featuring Kevin Hart, Don Cheadle and Lil Rel Howery.
  • Button Man – Brian Helgeland is set to adapt this British comic book strip.

  • Extraction 2 – A sequel to the first Chris Hemsworth movie currently on Netflix.
  • Millarworld movies including:
    • Empress
    • Huck
    • Sharkey The Bounty Hunter
  • Metal Lords – Kids movie from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
  • Mr. Harrigan’s Phone – Horror adaptation of the Stephen King novel from Ryan Murphy.
  • My Wife and I Bought A Ranch… – 21 Laps horror movie adapted from the Reddit short story.
  • The Nailbomber – Feature-length British documentary about far-right extremists who planted nail bombs across London.
  • Sherlock Junior – New movie looking into the early years of the famous detective.
  • Shoot Like a Girl – Netflix is reportedly taking this project over which had Angelina Jolie originally listed but Gal Gadot is thought to be replacing her for the Netflix version.

  • Spongebob Squarepants Spin-offs – Two untitled Spongebob movies are in the works as well as a series.
  • The Adam Project – Science fiction movie from director Shawn Levy with Ryan Reynolds and Jennifer Garner set to star.
  • Troll – Norweigen monster movie about a gigantic creature awakening in the mountains. Directed by Roar Uthaug – scheduled for 2022.

And this doesn’t include a bunch of untitled movies with only talent attached. That includes a Jason Bateman movie, an Ana DuVernay movie, movies from Steve Carr, Prentice Penny, Patrick Osbourne, Kevin Hart, Mark and Jay Duplass or Vince Vaughn. This also doesn’t include any of the announced movies from output deals with talent or studios such as Nickelodeon.

You can find even more Netflix movies coming up on the wiki page which does a fantastic job of keeping up.

So in conclusion, Netflix is making movies. A lot of them.

Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments down below.

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REVIEW: The new Land Rover Defender turns an iconic nameplate into a smooth and modern off-road SUV

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REVIEW: The new Land Rover Defender turns an iconic nameplate into a smooth and modern off-road SUV
  • Classic Land Rover Defenders are quite rare and have gained a cult following in the US.
  • The 2020 Land Rover Defender is the first new Defender to be sold here from the factory since 1997.
  • Base MSRP of the Defender is $46,100. After options, my loaner came to $72,780 MSRP.

Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since a new Land Rover Defender arrived on US shores.

But for the first time since 1997, we finally get a fully federalized, fully road-legal Defender straight from Land Rover itself. You no longer have to wait for the 25-year import rule to expire or hit up a customization shop to get your hands on a Defender, and that in itself is a relief.

The 2020 Defender still retains the original’s boxy shape, but much of what made a Defender a Defender has been smoothed and ironed out to befit a brand that no longer uses military surplus to build cars. You’ll notice a sleeker face and larger dimensions. Electronic seats. A heated steering wheel. Fancy air suspension mon Dieu.

From the driver’s seat, the only way you’d be able to tell you were driving a Defender is by reading the name stamped across the steering wheel. But I’ll let you in on a little secret: The original Defender is bad! I’ve driven it.

The new one? It’s good.

The 2020 Defender 110: Out with the old

The Defender legacy began in 1983 with the Defender 90 and Defender 110, their numbers a reference to the size of their wheelbases — or the length of the space between the centers of a vehicle’s front and rear wheels.

Defenders didn’t come to the US until 1993 and left just as abruptly in 1997 because they couldn’t meet our safety standards. (Specifically, they lacked airbags and side-impact door protection.) As a result, the trucks were little-known and rare, becoming a kind of a hidden gem for fans and enthusiasts.

Regardless of US regulations, though, Defender production kept right up until 2016. Following that came the current Defender for the 2020 model year, finally available to buyers in the US.

Details and safety ratings: A straight-six smooth as silk

The 2020 Defender starts at $46,100 and comes with two engine options. My loaner, a Defender 110 SE, started at $62,250 and landed at $72,780 with options and fees.

The first engine option is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, good for a claimed 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The second, which is what my loaner came with, is a mild-hybrid, turbocharged and supercharged 3.0-liter straight-six, good for a claimed 395 horsepower and 406 pound- feet of torque.

Both engines are hooked up to a slick eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. There’s also permanent four-wheel drive and locking differentials, making the Defender as legit as any serious off-roader.

Length of the 110 comes to 16.5 feet, width comes to 6.6 feet, and height comes to 6.5 feet. Wheelbase is 119 inches — nine inches longer than that of the original Defender 110. Ground clearance comes to a towering 11.5 inches. Total curb weight comes to 5,035 pounds. The Defender’s estimated fuel economy comes to 17 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined.

And while the new 110 won’t offer rear bench seats like the old one famously did, you can option it with a three-person bench seat in the front, which is quite rad. Excitingly, the two-door 2020 Defender 90 will also be available here for the 2021 model year.

What stands out: Driving on stilts

Surpassing the original Defender — a rough, utilitarian thing — is a low bar, but it’s a bar nonetheless. To the surprise of no one, the new Defender passes it with flying colors, although it’s a bit like saying Usain Bolt runs faster than I do.

Immediately, you’ll notice a crispness to the way the 110 drives, one that seems at odds with its 5,000-pound curb weight. The throttle response is immediate, agile, and light. There’s good low-end power, lending to the truck’s smooth power delivery. This is certainly due to the help of that mild hybrid system.

As an added bonus, acceleration is accompanied by a throaty straight-six exhaust rasp, a delightful reminder of the old BMW straight-six engines. Steering feel is also vastly improved over the original truck’s. It feels responsive and modern.

Because of the Defender’s tall stance, you, in turn, sit tall as well. I felt like I was a half- to a whole head taller than everyone else on the road. People driving Honda Pilots only came up to my chest. I was practically sitting on the roofs of Toyota Camrys.

It was a great vantage point from which to observe the road, because hardly anything blocked my view — though, of course, I did become a big obstacle for everyone else to see around. You win some and you lose some, folks.

But driving the Defender over low traction surfaces — in this case ice and snow — is where it really shines. There, you get a sense of absolute tankiness, a sense of powerful unstoppability. It was ice and snow I’d eye nervously if I was in my C-Class sedan, but the Defender marched right over it like it was a minor puddle after a spring shower.

For me personally, these feelings were validated when I happened upon my friend who’d gotten his Porsche Boxster stuck in a snowdrift because it didn’t have enough ground clearance. (He dug it out eventually, don’t worry.)

What falls short: Busy screen

I didn’t love the feel of the plastics in the Defender. They just didn’t respond to my touch with the solidity that I’d expect from a truck that starts at more than $60,000 in the 110 SE trim I was testing, although I will say that the door handles and parts of the dash were wrapped in a cool wetsuit-like polyurethane material that seems like it would be very easy to clean if it got dirty.

My first impression of the infotainment system was one of being overwhelmed. There were so many menu items, all presented on one menu. The navigation, phone connection, and music were conveniently located off to the side, but the system also presented seat and climate options alongside its valet mode, eco data, wade sensing, and vehicle dimensions. These, I felt, could have been tucked into some other menu folder to reduce clutter.

I also got the distinct sense that I was not the correctly shaped person Land Rover had in mind when designing the new Defender. If you’ve ever sat in an original Defender, you’d know that the cabin is actually quite cramped and narrow. For me, it was nearly perfectly scaled.

With this new Defender, I felt like Goldilocks sitting in Papa Bear’s chair: the seat was too long and kept hitting me in the back of my calves so that my legs were never comfortable in the footwell. (And before you ask, no, there is no adjustment for this part of the seat. I checked.)

Even the visibility worked against me. Rear visibility is already quite bad, but even with the seat raised up as high as it would go, I still found the wing mirrors positioned directly in my line of sight, blocking pedestrians crossing intersections.

At least there are a myriad of cameras all over the truck. They make the otherwise impossible task of parking possible.

How the new Defender compares to its competitors: Mid-tier pricing

The tacked onto the $62,250 Defender 110 SE Land Rover loaned me included, among other things, the: Driver Assist Pack ($1,020), Cold Climate Pack ($700), Advanced Off-Road Capability Pack ($735), Off-Road Pack ($1,345), a sliding panoramic roof ($1,750), and a black contrast roof ($870). That brought the truck’s total MSRP to $72,780.

As a four-door, two-row SUV with a $46,100 base price and a penchant for off-roading, the Defender’s competitors include the Jeep Wrangler ($28,315) , Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen ($131,750), Toyota 4Runner ($36,590), and the upcoming Ford Bronco ($34,695).

The Defender certainly isn’t the cheapest option, but it isn’t the most expensive, either. The quality of the G-Wagen ought to be more upscale and the 4Runner should have better reliability (it is a Toyota, after all), but the Defender has the Jeep Wrangler beat in interior quality.

It’s also got the Wrangler beat in one other thing.

Our impressions: What’s in a name?

By far, the Wrangler’s biggest drawback is its inability to act like a civilized vehicle on the highway. It’s loud, unstable, and a handful. Fans call it character. I call it annoying.

The Defender, on the other hand, shone during high speed cruising. It held to highway speeds just fine. The ride quality at 75 mph was no different than if we were going 25 mph. And because the Defender’s cameras provided such a comprehensive 360-degree view of its surroundings, I wasn’t terrified of navigating it through tight parking lots.

I could easily see myself using it as an everyday SUV. The low-traction stability was just an added bonus.

Through that lens, the $62,000 price tag makes sense. Though the inside of the Defender’s trunk was lined in a rubbery plastic — easy to clean if you put something muddy back there, like a dog — this is still a truck for a luxury buyer. One who might want to get it dirty only sometimes. I also suspect that for those who won’t ever take it overlanding, the mere knowledge that it won’t get stuck off-road is enough.

People liked the original Defender because it was ratty and bad. No creature comforts to speak of. There was an honesty to that. This new Defender is upscale, comfortable, and doesn’t punish you for committing the crime of being tall.

Not that Land Rover didn’t try and capture some of the old truck’s ruggedness, of course. There are fake diamond-plate inserts on the hood and exposed bolts all over the interior that may or may not be functional. The trunk is still accessible via a side-hinged swinging door. With “Defender” stamped all over the place, it sort of felt like the new truck was playing dress-up as the old truck.

But a name is just a name. There’s no rule saying that the thing the name represents cannot change and take on a new definition. Well, maybe there’s a rule if you’re a purist. Nevertheless, it seems like Land Rover took a stab at broader appeal here.

Land Rover makes luxury SUVs now. It can’t get away with selling people rickety bits of farming equipment anymore. But in a portfolio of only luxury SUVs, how is it supposed to differentiate yet another luxury SUVs to the public?

Easy. Lean on the storied Defender name, which carries a cult following mired in nostalgia. The most powerful kind of cult following.

I personally couldn’t care less what Land Rover calls the new truck. You shouldn’t either. It’s objectively nice. But for luxury buyers stuck on the idea and heritage of a Defender — and who also can’t square with a lack of amenities — the new Defender is perfect.

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