This November, Peacock has some iconic movies to match your many moods and tastes.
From a beloved cult comedy to a classic sci-fi romance, this month offers some fan-favorite films to rewatch or newer movies that may quickly become your go-tos.
In the mood for a classic cult comedy? | The Big Lebowski
The Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski has evolved into one of the most popular and oft-recited comedies of all time. Its mad-cap tale of a SoCal stoner, The Dude (Jeff Bridges), who stumbles onto a mystery about mistaken identity involving an LA mogul (David Huddleston), an avant-garde dancer (Julianne Moore), a bowler (John Goodman), and a roving gang of German nihilists, is outrageous and hilarious. The Independent writes, “It’s packed with some of the most quotable lines and funniest characters in celluloid history but also possesses a depth most comedies can’t match.” Despite its craziness, the film still hits home because of its central hero. Den of Geek writes, “No matter how anxious or full of care our lives are, there’s something wonderful about spending time with a character who is so content with relatively little.”
In the mood for a mind-bending love story? | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is both a profoundly imaginative sci-fi movie and a deeply moving love story. Charlie Kaufman won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for his story about Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), who decides to have his memories erased after he learns his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has already undergone the same procedure. As his mind is scrubbed, his heart remains resilient in what Huffington Post calls “truly the love story of our time.” In listing it as one of the best romantic films of all time, The Guardian writes that the film ultimately “still makes love seem like the most precious thing in the world.”
In the mood for an epic adventure film? | The Northman
Robert Eggers’ The Northman revives the classic Hollywood epic with a stunningly fresh vision of the Vikings. In a new take on the tale of Amleth, a young prince (Alexander Skarsgård), who witnesses the death of his father (Ethan Hawke) and the kidnapping of his mother (Nicole Kidman) by his uncle Fjölnir (Claes Bang), is driven by the mantra: “I will avenge you, Father! I will save you, Mother! I will kill you, Fjölnir!” Meticulous in his recreation of Viking life and terrifying in its violence, “Eggers’ action sequences are swift and brutal, filled with the crunch of life extinguished,” writes Vanity Fair. “This is intimate, culturally rich storytelling on a brutally epic scale," writes Empire. “A cinematic saga worthy of the ancestors.”
In the mood for a hilarious rom-com romp? | Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Lorene Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World makes the apocalypse an unexpected meet-cute. As a meteor hurtles towards Earth, Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) are neighbors who make a connection and take off on a final road trip with the days they have left. The journey is punctuated by the hilarious mishaps of characters—played by Patton Oswalt, Connie Britton, Rob Corddry, T.J. Miller, and more—who react in very different ways to the upcoming end. “In the face of ultimate tragedy,” the Observer notes, “There is room for tears, mixed with unexpected humor.”
In the mood for a divine mockumentary? | Honk for Jesus: Save Your Soul.
In Honk For Jesus. Save Your Soul., writer-director Adamma Ebo uses the mockumentary format to bring into comic relief the world of Southern megachurches. Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Sterling K. Brown) and his wife, Trinitie Childs (Regina Hall), fight to reestablish confidence in their house of worship after an embarrassing public scandal with an upbeat documentary. Collider writes, “This religious satire sees Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown put on a comedic acting masterclass.” But the story goes beyond simple sarcasm. Little White Lies writes that the film “refuses to preach to us, instead using comedy as a chisel, slowly chipping away at Evangelical hypocrisy.”