New on Netflix UK: December 2017
- Katherine McLaughlin
- 23 November 2017
The Crown Season 2, Dark, Bright, Easy Season 2, Love Actually and the Back to the Future trilogy among this month's highlights
The superb Claire Foy returns for season 2 of the multi award winning The Crown (8 Dec) as Queen Elizabeth II with this series spanning the late 1950s and early 60s. A dark period that covers the Suez crisis and Philip's rumoured infidelity should make for fascinating viewing. It will be Foy's last series with the announcement that Olivia Coleman will be taking on the role in season 3.
The first series of German sci-fi mystery Dark (1 Dec explores the disappearance of two kids in the small-town of Winden. A time-travel element poses the question of when the kids disappeared rather than who took them. Joe Swanberg's drama series Easy (1 Dec) returns this month continuing its exploration of modern life in Chicago. Aubrey Plaza and star of Patti Cake$, Danielle MacDonald, join the stellar cast.
In film, pioneering documentary filmmaker Errol Morris returns with Wormwood (15 Dec), a reconstruction of the mysterious death of a Cold War military scientist involved in a secret biological warfare program. Will Smith stars in David Ayer's fantasy film Bright (22 Dec) as a human cop who has to work alongside an orc played by Joel Edgerton. Cynthia Nixon turns in a remarkable performance as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies' powerful drama A Quiet Passion (1 Dec). The expertly crafted film takes a dark turn from delightful period piece to surreal existential dread making it utterly captivating.
Sofia Coppola took everyone by surprise when she cited Daddy's Home (2 Dec) as one of her favourite films of the 21st Century in a piece for the New York Times. With the sequel out now at cinemas you can do the double if you so wish. For a more daring double bill try the black humour of Creep and Creep 2 (23 Dec) starring Mark Duplass as a bizarre and hilarious serial killer.
Though there are lots of Christmas themed shows and films already on Netflix the Back to the Future trilogy (14 Dec) has also been added for perfect family binge-viewing over the festive period. Despite Love Actually (14 Dec) being offensively terrible in so many ways lots enjoy its twisted romantic message of backstabbing your best mate by stalking his wife and its deplorable fat shaming of women. If you want a real Christmas treat, try the exceptionally entertaining Mad Max: Fury Road (24 Dec) instead.