With the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns across the world, this year has definitely brought some challenges and changes to all our lives. Trying to be positive has been difficult for many, but if there’s one good thing to come out of staying at home all day, it’s all that extra time for Netflix binging!

Here at JL Audio Visual, we know how important a home theatre system can be, especially during these socially-distanced times! Being able to achieve quality visuals and audio from the comfort of your own home is now more relevant and desirable than ever.

Things are slowly starting to return to normal as the movie industry gets back on its feet. In the meantime, there are plenty of films in the Netflix library to be getting on with.

But what were some of the movies that kept us company during the depths of lockdown? Netflix are famously secretive about their viewing stats, but through looking at what frequently appeared on their ‘Top 10’ feature and what was most talked about on social media, we can get a rough estimate of some of the most-watched movies during the lockdown period!

Contagion (2011)

This is an unsurprising if slightly indulgently macabre result. Those who aren’t familiar with the movie might be scratching their heads as to why a 2011 release got a massive boost in renewed interest. To put it simply, this movie depicts a hauntingly similar situation to the one we were all facing at the height of the pandemic.

The movie follows the discovery of a deadly virus after a woman dies suddenly, which seems to catalyse a series of fatal cases. The virus explodes into a global pandemic, and society begins on the path of collapse.

This was probably such a popular choice because many felt it reflected the world’s recent situation. There are no zombies or aliens in this apocalypse, just a virus and the very real-world panic to contend with. Many viewers felt this was a cathartic if eerily prophetic watch.

A map marked with virus outbreaks

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

This movie marks a trend of people revisiting old favourites. What’s more comforting than kicking back with a bucket of popcorn and watching a tried and tested classic?

The epic drama follows a former banker who is found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. He must come to terms with the horrors of his new life in Shawshank prison while holding onto his hopes and dreams. Our main character befriends another inmate (played by Morgan Freeman); they help each other find solace and eventual redemption.

You can see why themes of hope and redemption might have been something viewers were looking for during all the lockdown uncertainty!

Red boxes full of popcorn

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

This recent release appeared on Netflix just before lockdown hit and continued to be a favourite for many over the following months. As a sequel to the much-loved original teen rom-com, this film was bound to have a strong and enduring presence on social media.

Based on the trilogy of books by Jenny Hann, the film continues to follow the relationship of two young high-schoolers and the light-hearted drama that such relationships inevitably bring. The visuals are colourful and cosy, providing the perfect solution to lockdown cabin fever.

It’s sweet, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, the perfect ingredients for a much-needed comfort film to get people smiling when there wasn’t much else to smile about!

Pink heart lights

These movies show the kind of variable viewing experiences that viewers were reaching for. From all too realistic apocalyptic settings to cheesy high school dramas, lockdown saw it all. There was certainly time to expand upon typical tastes and find some new favourites!

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