As wild as it may seem, December is finally here, and the end of the year is rapidly looming on the immediate horizon as the holiday season steadily picks up. Netflix is adding some of the biggest television and movie hits to its extensive streaming library for audiences looking to stay warm inside, including action blockbusters and gut-busting comedies. And CBR is here to help highlight all the latest additions and last-chance viewing opportunities to catch over the weekend, especially for those looking for a perfectly timed binge.
Here are the biggest and best movies and television series to stream on Netflix the first weekend of December 2022, including impressive original movies and anime favorites with a fresh set of episodes to enjoy.
Bullet Train Arrives on Time
After helming John Wick, Deadpool 2 and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, acclaimed action filmmaker David Leitch turned his attention to Japan for this year’s blockbuster movie Bullet Train. Based on the novel by Kotaro Isaska, the film follows a weary and anxious operative codenamed Ladybug tasked with transporting a briefcase full of cash on board a Japanese bullet train. As Ladybug tries to complete his mission, he finds himself in the middle of a blood feud with trained assassins and explosive boobytraps.
Boasting an all-star cast, Bullet Train is an unabashed thrill ride that puts its cinematic focus on slickly choreographed and presented set pieces. Living up to Leitch’s reputation, the movie is full of fight sequences and stylish sensibilities, all with an undercurrent of darkly engaging humor. A solid popcorn flick that knows how to put together a thoroughly entertaining action scene, Bullet Train is available to stream on Netflix starting Saturday, Dec. 3.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Wraps Up Stone Ocean
One of the biggest anime series on Netflix is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, with its fifth season divided into three sets of episodes released in intervals since December 2021. Bearing the subtitle Stone Ocean, the last 14 episodes are now available to stream on Netflix, closing out the adventures of Jolyne Cujoh. Across the season, viewers have been drawn into Jolyne’s epic quest for revenge, with the proceedings escalating when her father, Jotaro, is targeted by sinister forces.
Stone Ocean has Jolyne framed for a crime and sent away to a maximum security prison in Florida, eventually learning that the people that set her up have also rendered Jotaro comatose. Desperate to clear her name and rescue her father, Jolyne becomes determined to escape prison and stop the individuals working against her family. For those looking to binge the entire Stone Ocean season in full or just catch the last batch of episodes, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 5 is now available in its entirety for the first time.
Troll Gives Norway Its Own Kaiju
Winter nights run especially long and cold in Scandinavia, and that distinction is played to hair-raising effect in the Norwegian Netflix original movie Troll. Helmed by Tomb Raider director Roar Uthaug, the movie has the eponymous ancient monster awakened from its lengthy slumber in a mountain. With the troll poised to unleash destruction and chaos on the world, it’s up to a ragtag group of hearty heroes to stop the creature and save the day.
Certainly not to be confused with the animated family-friendly fare Trolls or Trollhunters, Troll combines visceral monster thrills with blockbuster action. Featuring a Norwegian cast, the movie plays out like a Scandinavian kaiju movie as the heroes face the gargantuan menace threatening their country. With its tongue firmly in cheek, Troll offers a uniquely European perspective on monster movies while taking advantage of the local landscape and folklore.
Minecraft: Story Mode Closes Its Interactive Adventure
Netflix has been increasingly delving into gaming and interactive programming, including television specials that allow the audience to choose how the story should proceed. One of Netflix’s earliest forays into gaming, the point-and-click title Minecraft: Story Mode, is set to leave the service next week, making this the last weekend to experience the expansion of the hit video game franchise. And with developer Telltale Games shuttered in 2018, Netflix is the only platform to play the first five episodes of the game.
Set in Minecraft’s fantasy realm, known as the Overworld, Story Mode has players lead the protagonist Jesse and his friends on an epic quest. Tasked with locating the Order of Stone, five legendary heroes who previously saved Overworld, players will have to use their wits to save the day. One of the most unique experiences currently available on Netflix, Minecraft: Story Mode offers a glimpse of how Netflix may develop its gaming capabilities further in the future.
21 Jump Street Subverts the Buddy-Cop Genre
Channing Tatum is one of the most underrated comedic actors of his generation, often playing against his handsome leading man image to hilarious effect. One film series that fully capitalizes on this distinction is 21 Jump Street, parodying the hit ‘80s television series of the same name. And in Jonah Hill — who also co-wrote both films — Tatum finds a perfect comedic partner, with the two sending up the entire buddy-cop genre and the show’s ludicrous premise.
Undercover police officers Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko pose as high schoolers to bust a drug ring flooding the streets with a new designer drug. As the two investigate the syndicate behind the deadly substance, they find themselves getting into progressively more comical hijinks as they struggle to maintain their cover. A tremendous critical and commercial success, 21 Jump Street has been added to Netflix this month just in time for a hilarious revisit.