Alas, November has swiftly arrived and with it, a fresh set of on-screen entertainment too. With the year-end approaching, it seems apt that a number of the month’s selects are highly-awaited by the masses, including the four-part adaptation of Anthony Doerr’s epic novel, All the Light We Cannot See and the sixth and final season of The Crown. Whilst loyalists of cult film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World will undoubtedly be looking forward to the animated series Scott Pilgrim Takes Off, which sees all of the film’s original cast reprising their nostalgic roles (even if it’s merely to voice them once again).
For fans of all things historical—with a side of heavily-charged drama—then two pieces of screen entertainment will seek to please thou soul this month. Apple TV+ chimes in with an alternative to the engrossing narrative of Netflix’s Bridgerton, and presents The Buccaneers, adapted from the original yet unfinished novella with the same name by Edith Wharton. Following a tight crew of daughters of America’s new rich, the ladies travel to London to find themselves future marriageable prospects in high society. The trailer alone lets us in on the wild, cacophonous nature of the troupe, and there are hopes for it to reflect the nuanced, joy-filled sensibilities of sisterhood, even back in the ‘90s. Joining The Buccaneers will be the biofic that is Napoleon—centred around the French military king’s notorious rise to power, helmed by Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix.
Of course, a fair slice of this month’s roundup is led by some exciting releases hailing from South Korea. First up, Vigilante, which sees the inimitable Nam Joo-hyuk lead us straight into an enrapturing thriller series, in which he is a policeman-in-training by day, and the dark hero who saves the lives of civilians from criminals at night. If it’s some good old romance you’re looking for instead, then look to My Demon, which sees Song Kang and Kim Yoo-jung as our starry couple-to-be.
So here we have it: scroll on for Vogue Singapore’s selects of what to watch this November—all available on popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+.
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All the Light We Cannot See
Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was epic enough—so it makes sense that it has been a highly-anticipated wait for the drama adaptation. Telling the story of Marie-Laure Leblanc (Aria Mia Loberti) in the final days of WWII, a blind French girl takes refuge with her father (Mark Ruffalo) and great-uncle (Hugh Laurie) in France, before meeting Werner Pfennig, a German soldier who has been tasked to trace illegal broadcasts but instead falls in love with Marie-Laure’s voice over the radio.
Watch All The Light We Cannot See on Netflix now.
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Nam Joo-hyuk is the Vigilante at night, but in the day, he goes by Kim Ji-young, a diligent student at the police university. Based on the eponymous webtoon, Kim is touted as the ‘dark hero’ South Korea needs amid a failing, corrupt system—that fails to protect its victims and lets its worst criminals out on parole. With veteran actors Yoo Ji–tae and Kim So-jin joining the cast, expect a ton of thrilling suspense and gripping action scenes that will make for a riveting watch.
Watch Vigilante on Disney+ from 8 November.
3 / 8
The Crown Season 6
At last, we’ve arrived at the final season of The Crown. Timeline-wise, we can expect this sixth and last season to encompass the late ’90s period to the early 2000s—including the tragic events of Princess Diana’s death in 1997 and the early days of a blooming romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton, when they first met on campus. Whilst Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West will reprise their roles as the then Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, new cast additions include Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy, who will be playing the future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Watch The Crown Season 6 from 16 November.
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So yet another steamy, period romance is on its way to us. With Apple TV+’s The Buccaneers though, an all-American troupe of girls in the 1870s—more specifically, daughters of the new rich—travel across the ocean to London to snare themselves an aristocrat husband. Based on the unfinished novel by Edith Wharton, the eight-episode narrative follows the untameable, unruly crew as they manoeuvre the tightly-corseted nature of British high society.
Watch The Buccaneers on Apple TV+ from 8 November.
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Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
What better way to take over the world again? Since its release in 2010, Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World—the filmic adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels—has earned itself a cult following by geeks all around the globe. Now with almost all of the original cast reprising their roles, from Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Aubrey Plaza and Brie Larson, the excitement is high for the animated series cum reunion, Scott Pilgrim Takes Off.
Watch Scott Pilgrim Takes Off on Netflix from 17 November.
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Three words: enemies to lovers. If this is right up your alley, combine that with everything good about typical K-drama land—yes, we mean flashy and beautiful leads—and it’s an instant portal to binge-worthy material. So here’s Netflix’s My Demon: where South Korean heartthrob Song Kang plays a (fallen) demon Jeong Gu-won who will have to work with chaebol heiress Do Do-hee, played by the inimitable Kim Yoo-jung, in order to recover them.
Watch My Demon on Netflix from 24 November.
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How did Napoleon Bonaparte come to power during his time of reign? Directed by the highly-acclaimed director Ridley Scott, the historical-drama film will follow the rise of the titular character and diabolical French military leader, screened by the one and only Joaquin Phoenix. Whilst he was ruthless in his climb to the throne, the film will also reflect his dangerous, volatile devotion to his true love and wife, Josephine, played by Vanessa Kirby.
Watch Napoleon on Apple TV+ from 22 November.
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It’s a menacing, bloodletting trip with Believer 2, the sequel to the South Korean action-packed film Believer. Reprising their roles are Cha Seung-won as Brian and Cho Jin-woong as Detective Won-ho, as the latter continues to chase after the truth of the elusive Mr. Lee—the boss of Asia’s largest drug ring. Not to be missed is the addition of Han Hyo-joo to the cast, who plays Big Knife, the only person who knows the real identity of Mr. Lee.
Watch Believer 2 on Netflix from 17 November.