2023 is delivering plenty of great new films on Disney+ from many of Walt Disney Studios’ including Marvel, 20th Century Studios, and Pixar. There are some big theatrical releases to choose from, along with some original films that are only available on Disney+.
Here’s the rundown of some of the best films of 2023 available on Disney+ so far:
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 3
In Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere. But it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life—a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them. The biggest box office hit of 2023 has hit Disney+ this summer and is a fantastic ending to the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” trilogy and well worth watching.
“Flamin’ Hot” is the inspiring true story of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia) who as a Frito-Lay janitor disrupted the food industry by channeling his Mexican-American heritage to turn Flamin’ Hot Cheetos from a snack into an iconic global pop culture phenomenon. This charming family film is a highlight and also was the first film to be released on both Hulu and Disney+ at the same time.
Peter Pan & Wendy
This live-action reimagining introduces Wendy Darling, a young girl afraid to leave her childhood home behind who meets Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up. Alongside her brothers and a tiny fairy, Tinker Bell, she travels with Peter to the magical world of Neverland. There, she encounters an evil pirate captain, Captain Hook, and embarks on a thrilling and dangerous adventure that will change her life forever. This Disney+ Original film is much better than some of the other recent live-action remakes but
In the midst of navigating the tumultuous hardships of adolescence, 12-year-old mathematics genius Prem Patel discovers his recently deceased father was a famous rapper and immediately sets out to pursue a career for himself as a rap superstar. While his recent actions may appear reckless and the quickest way for him to lose everything, Prem, empowered by imaginative hip- hop music-fueled fantasies where he performs with his father, is determined to find out if hip-hop truly is in his DNA. As his father always used to say, “the world’s best never rest.” This Disney+ Original film is one for the younger audiences to check out, especially if they enjoy rap music, but older viewers might find this a little disappointing.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania
The third film in the trilogy sees Ant-Man and the Wasp finding themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures and embarking on an adventure that pushes them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible. This movie kicked off the fifth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while it’s a little hit-and-miss in places, I really enjoyed it and with the multiverse being such a major part of this phase, it’s worth checking out on Disney+.
Chang Can Dunk
“Chang Can Dunk” follows Chang, a 16-year-old, Asian American high school student in the marching band, who bets the school basketball star that he can dunk by Homecoming. The bet leads the 5’ 8″ Chang on a quest to find the hops he needs to dunk in order to impress his crush, Kristy, and finally gain the attention and respect of his high school peers. But before he can rise up and truly throw one down, he’ll have to reexamine everything he knows about himself, his friendships and his family. This is a heart-warming sports film, that doesn’t automatically go where you expect it to go, which was refreshing.
Internationally, there are many other films available on Disney+ from 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures, which are also available on Hulu in the United States.
The film follows Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley), a reporter for the Record-American newspaper, who becomes the first journalist to connect the Boston Strangler murders. As the mysterious killer claims more and more victims, Loretta attempts to continue her investigation alongside colleague and confidante Jean Cole (Carrie Coon), yet the duo finds themselves stymied by the rampant sexism of the era. Nevertheless, McLaughlin and Cole bravely pursue the story at great personal risk, putting their own lives on the line in their quest to uncover the truth. If you fancy a more down-to-earth murder mystery type drama, this gritty film is worth adding to your watchlist.
White Men Can’t Jump
“White Men Can’t Jump” is a modern remix of the iconic 1992 film that celebrates the streetball hustling culture of Los Angeles. Multi-platinum rap superstar Jack Harlow makes his big-screen debut as Jeremy, a former star of the game whose injuries stalled his career, and Sinqua Walls stars as Kamal, once a promising player who derailed his own future in the sport. Juggling tenuous relationships, financial pressures and serious internal struggles, the two ballers—opposites who are seemingly miles apart—find they might have more in common than they imagined possible. This modern remake of a classic comedy delivers something different for a new generation.
The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr. in a tour de force performance) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) herself and her court. This hard-hitting drama deals with many different topics and is a really enjoyable way to learn about possibly one of the most important musical talents, that many of us have never heard of.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.