Drew’s reviews: Must-see films for 2020
B: Drew Huddleston
2020 marks the beginning of a new era in cinema. In the next 10 years, we will witness the rise and fall of trends, the making of stars, destruction of careers, and the evolution of the industry. Here are some things to look forward to--and fear--this year in Hollywood.
Every year sees the release of original films from prestigious directors. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) is scheduled to release his time-bending heist film, Tenet, this July. In the same month, the newest addition to the whimsical and charming filmography of Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, will be released. Featuring an all-star cast of Timothy Chaletmee, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Benicia Del Toro, and many more, it's a sure-fire hit. Later in the year, writer-director Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, A Few Good Men) will release The Trial of the Chicago 7, the true story of seven people facing charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
The Decline of Superhero films:
After the massive success of Avengers: Endgame, and Joker, it seems that interest in superhero films has peaked. With Endgame proving the perfect conclusion to the 10-plus years of the MCU, this year’s Black Widow, and the proceeding films feel pointless. And with Harely Quinn: Birds of Prey bombing at the box office, it seems that audiences may have lost their unrest in the films of the genre. However, there is one notable exception: Wonder Woman 1984 seems like it will be the only surefire superhero hit of the year.
2020 looks like it’ll be a solid year for high quality, original animated films. Pixar is leading the pack with Onward, a fusion between fantasy and reality starring Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. Pete Doctor, director of Up and Inside Out will helm Soul, starring the voice of Jamie Fox as a jazz player who goes on a great adventure. In November, Disney will release Gigantic, a new spin on the old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, adventuring to a world of giants in the clouds.
As long as Hollywood exists, it will continue to make belated, dumbed-down, pointless sequels. Sure there are exceptions (A Quiet Place Part II looks like a tense expansion upon the 2017 hit), but they come too few in this day of age. Coming to America 2, a sequel to the 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy is about 32 years too late. Similarly, Bill and Ted Face the Music sees the middle-aged Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters try to bring the youthful spirit they brought in the original two films. The Croods 2 is the follow up to an animated film you probably didn’t even know existed.