Best shows and movies on Disney+ right now: Hamilton, Isle of Dogs, Pixar Popcorn...
Mouse in the house
With cinemas being largely out of commission in 2020 and 2021, it stands to reason that streaming services have taken precedence in recent times. Sure, we're lucky enough to reside in one of the countries where big-screen showings are still available, but there's no guessing when the next lockdown measure is going to take effect. And so, in its place comes platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and now: Disney+. Home to a host of original Star Wars and Marvel content, it also boasts a massive library encompassing 650 films and 15,000 TV episodes.
Its branding might paint a PG, entirely family-friendly picture, but that's not to say that Disney+ offerings don't go beyond that. From thought-provoking documentaries to feminist comedies, here are some other titles of note that don't fall under the superhero or space epic umbrella.
Broadway fans are sure to be familiar with the revolutionary musical that propelled Lin-Manuel Miranda's career to new heights. This critically-acclaimed piece — with 11 awards under its belt — tells the story of America's founding father, Alexander Hamilton, detailing his various trials, tribulations, and relationships via song. Critics have lauded its bold song choices; an amalgam of hip hop, R&B, and pop that makes for a truly unique sound. Its widespread availability should (hopefully!) signify less unscrupulous ticket sales when theatres open up their doors again. Fingers crossed...?
Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions
Miss Americana — T.Swift's tell-all documentary — might have gotten a Netflix release, but her Folklore concert film has found a home in Disney+ instead. The 106-minute featurette documents Swift's thought-process as she penned her chart-topping album, Folklore; a poignant and in-depth look at the singer's creative journey on her least commercialised work yet. She's joined by co-producers, Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff, as they discuss the creation and inspiration behind each track; the challenges of writing amidst a pandemic; and more.
The initiable Kat Dennings brings her unflappable humour back to the small screen with feminist comedy, Dollface. The 10-episode series centres around the life of Jules Wiley, who has to rekindle and rediscover the intricacies of female relationships after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend. Expect to spot Hollywood darlings in the vein of Margot Robbie, Shay Mitchell, and Malin Åkerman.
Isle of Dogs
Suffice to say that this is far from your typical feel-good animated fare. Written, produced, and directed by Wes Anderson, this stop-motion piece imagines what would happen if all dogs are exiled to an island after an outbreak of canine flu. Comedic as it is moving, it comes as no surprise that Isle of Dogs has received worldwide acclaim for its smart script and meticulous visuals.
The iconic shorts screened before each Pixar film have been spliced together in a charming 10-minute compilation. Don't let its short duration fool you, though — each story still packs an emotional gut punch that will stay with you for months to come. Our favourites include Ducky and Bunny's tiff from Toy Story 4 and the showdown between the Parr family from The Incredibles.