We knew the economy would fully reopen in 2022. But we also thought cinemas would reopen in 2021, and we were wrong, which is why some of us expected the worst.
I waited with bated breath for the president to explain why cinemas had to stay closed for a few more months. But alas, the drought is finally over. We can return to the movies. A part of my paranoid brain does not expect this development to last.
The president’s speech included a warning. If Covid-19 related hospitalizations exceed a certain threshold, the restrictions will take hold once more.
Considering our unsurprisingly lax approach to the pandemic and the crowded conditions in Kampala, we could cross that threshold in the next few days. I am tempted to take a week off from work to watch every movie I can find in my closest cinema before the worst comes to pass.
I am not alone. Many of us are determined to watch Spiderman: No Way Home within the next seven to 10 days. I don’t know you did it, but I could not avoid the major spoilers.
Social media has already spoiled the two most significant cameos in the movie. From the little I have seen, other Ugandan moviegoers have been just as unsuccessful in their efforts to avoid these spoilers.
The sooner we watch No Way Home, the sooner we can alleviate all this anxiety. For now, I have to treat YouTube like a field of landmines, averting my gaze whenever I see anything even remotely related to Spiderman.
Eternals is the only other major film that demands cinematic viewing. Spoilers for that particular movie don’t matter as much, because we know so little about this property.
So even if we accidentally saw spoilers, I doubt we would recognize their relevance. That said, Eternals has already gone down in history as Marvel’s most beautiful film; I would love to experience that beauty on the largest screen possible.
Dune has piqued my interest for a similar reason. I don’t care for the franchise, but if the comparisons with The Lord of the Rings are even remotely accurate, I cannot pass up an opportunity to watch it in cinema.
Everything else can wait, including The King’s Man, No Time To Die and Encanto. I would prefer to watch them all in cinema, but no one in their right mind would call them a priority.
What about the rest of the year? Well, 2022 is overflowing with cinematic goodness. After several false promises, Avatar 2 is finally coming out this year. Despite his annoying comments about superhero movies, James Cameron is a gifted filmmaker and his films always push the boundaries of cinematic technology.
I don’t want to watch Avatar 2 at home. The same goes for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Thor: Love and Thunder, and every other major blockbuster coming out in 2022.
But considering the rapid rate at which Omicron is spreading, I can’t rule anything out. At this point, we should be content with watching No Way Home on the big screen. If cinemas close soon after, so be it.