Which of these movies are you looking forward to?
It's going to be a brand new year soon. And we're talking about none other than the year 2020. That means there will be a slew of latest Hollywood movies both big and small jam-packing the calendar over the course of 12 months. Here, we have rounded up our own 20 most anticipated movies to watch in 2020.
A scene from Sam Mendes' World War I epic war drama "1917".
What's so interesting about this World War I drama isn't just the story of survival involving two young British soldiers (George MacKay's Schofield and Dean-Charles Chapman's Blake) but it also marks the significant return of director Sam Mendes, his long-time comeback since 2015's "Spectre". And more than your average war drama, Mendes upped the ante by framing the whole movie in a seemingly one continuous shot. Now, that's the kind of cinematic experience worth watching on the big screen.
2) "Bad Boys For Life"
Miami PD detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence)
are back in action in "Bad Boys For Life".
It sure took them long enough and we mean, way long. As in 17 years long since we last saw Miami PD detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) tore save the city from a bunch of bad guys in "Bad Boys II" (2003). Buddy-cop movies may be a washed-out genre, but sometimes it's nice to see the good old stuff once in a while. The journey for the third "Bad Boys" movie wasn't exactly smooth-sailing, as the production stumbled upon development hell after development hell for over a decade before Belgian directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah fulfilled the project. "Smokin' Aces" and "The A-Team" director Joe Carnahan was originally on board for the sequel but ultimately bowed out of the project due to - you've guessed it - creative differences. And now that it's finally in the can awaiting for a January 2020 release.
3) "Birds Of Prey"
Margot Robbie reprises her iconic role as Harley Quinn in "Birds Of Prey".
Sure, "Suicide Squad" (2016) may have met with mostly negative reviews. But one thing for sure, most of us would agree that Margot Robbie stole most of the show as Harley Quinn in that supervillain team-up movie. Cut to the present, DC and Warner Bros. gives Robbie her own movie and the result is "Birds Of Prey", which also features the likes of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask. "Birds Of Prey" is notable for being the first superhero movie directed by an Asian woman (Cathy Yan) and so far, the previews have promised something that is going to be eccentric and colourful.
4) "Sonic The Hedgehog"
Introducing a spot-on Sonic character design.
Originally set to be released on November 2019, "Sonic The Hedgehog" was notoriously slammed for the title character's horrible design following the first trailer. Thankfully, Paramount and director Jeff Fowler understood the fans' massive backlash and decided to give Sonic a proper redesign. They successfully made it most closely resembling the Sega video-game design. The upcoming live-action adaptation also marks the big-screen return for the long-missed Jim Carrey, playing the main antagonist Dr. Ivo Robotnik.
Two elf brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) embark on an adventure in "Onward".
It's good that Disney/Pixar still devotes themselves to making original animated features since the last time we got one was "Coco" back in 2017. Which is why "Onward" feels like a refreshing change of pace that breaks the spell away from the sequels. The story takes place in a fantasy world involving two elf brothers (voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) setting out on a cross-country journey to find a magic to spend one day with their dead (half-bodied) father.
6) "A Quiet Place: Part II"
Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) is now leading the family in "A Quiet Place: Part II".
Frankly, "A Quiet Place" was more of a one-off horror movie since most sequels with a novelty concept tend to be inferior. But given the first movie's better-than-expected USD340.9 million at the worldwide box office against a paltry USD17 million budget, it's easy to see why the studio (Paramount) greenlit for a sequel. The good news is, John Krasinski will be calling the shots for the second movie and this time, "A Quiet Place: Part II" sees Emily Blunt's Evelyn Abbott taking the lead instead.
Crystal Liu Yifei plays the titular role in Disney's live-action version of "Mulan".
Disney has its fair share of ups and downs when comes to adapting their own animated classics into live-action features. But whatever it is, their latest venture in "Mulan" looks potentially exciting, with Chinese actress Liu Yifei a.k.a. Crystal Liu (local audiences may recognise her in "The Forbidden Kingdom" alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li) playing the title role made famous by Ming-Na Wen in the 1998 beloved animated classic of the same name. The movie also features famous Chinese stars including Gong Li and Donnie Yen.
8) "No Time To Die"
Daniel Craig reprises his iconic 007 agent role for one last time in "No Time To Die".
Remember the time Daniel Craig said he would rather "slash my wrists" than play James Bond again after 2015's "Spectre"? Well, that's all way behind now since we are finally getting Craig's final appearance as the iconic 007 agent after a series of troubled production history surrounding "No Time To Die". Normally, that would spell disaster but the first trailer looks as if we'll be getting a worthy cinematic ride after all, particularly with the talented Cary Joji Fukunaga of HBO's "True Detective" calling the shots. The upcoming Bond movie also boasts a list of promising cast including Rami Malek as the new villain and Ana de Armas as the latest Bond girl.
9) "Black Widow"
Scarlett Johansson returns as the titular "Black Widow".
Summer 2020 kicks off with Marvel's "Black Widow", which would mark Scarlett Johansson's first leading role in the MCU movie as well as officially initiating the Phase 4 slot. It's a refreshing change of pace from the usual Marvel formula of late, with "Black Widow" going for more traditional espionage and action-movie convention with lots of practical stunts. Fans and audiences in general will also get to see the introduction of Florence Pugh's Yelena and David Harbour's Red Guardian, as well as the main antagonist Taskmaster.
Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are back in the animated feature "Scoob!"
Scooby-Doo is back on the big screen! Except this time, it isn't the third movie after the two live-action/CG-animated versions of 2002 and 2004. Instead, we'll be getting an animated-feature reboot produced by Chris Columbus of "Home Alone" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" fame. Judging by the trailer so far, the animation looks like it's going to be a colourful fun of mystery comedy and yes, Frank Welker will be reprising his voice performance as the titular talking dog.
11) "Fast & Furious 9"
The cast and crew are back in "Fast & Furious 9".
Just when you thought the franchise is running out of gas, here comes the ninth instalment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise. The gang's all back, with Vin Diesel leading the pack as Dominic Toretto while Charlize Theron reprises her antagonist role, Cipher, from the previous movie. Expect lots of spectacular and over-the-top stunts but most interesting of all, it's nice to see Justin Lin making a comeback to the franchise after 2013's "Fast & Furious 6".
12) "Wonder Woman 1984"
Gal Gadot is back in action in "Wonder Woman 1984".
Easily one of the most anticipated superhero movie of 2020, "Wonder Woman 1984" will see Gal Gadot's beloved title character take on a new enemy in the form of Cheetah played by Kristen Wiig as well as Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord. Patty Jenkins is back in the director's chair, with a retro-cool 1980s setting and plenty of stylish action to boot.
A scene from "Soul".
The second Disney/Pixar animated feature of 2020 is... thankfully another original movie which has a fascinating, yet thought-provoking description that said: Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you... YOU? Pete Docter is calling the shots for this one and "Soul" is set to make it big both critically and financially, given his impressive directing resume working for Disney/Pixar in 2001's "Monsters, Inc." 2010's "Up" and 2016's "Inside Out".
14) "Top Gun: Maverick"
Tom Cruise feels the need for speed in "Top Gun: Maverick".
Everything old is new again in this long-awaited sequel to 1986's genre-defining "Top Gun", the very movie that put both Tom Cruise and director Tony Scott in the Hollywood's A-list map. Scott was originally set to make a sequel until his suicidal death in 2010 left "Top Gun: Maverick" in limbo. But it's good that the sequel is finally back on track and is completed for a June 2020 release date, with Cruise reprising his iconic role as Maverick. He is also reunited with "Oblivion" director Joseph Kosinski and true to Cruise's commitment to practical stunts and real action, the sequel will feature a lot of actual flying and aerial stuntwork shot with IMAX cameras.
15) "Free Guy"
Ryan Reynolds plays an NPC character in a video game in "Free Guy".
Here's a high-concept summer movie that centres on a video game's non-player character (NPC) played by none other than Ryan Reynolds. The premise itself sounds like a whole lot of fun, with "Night At The Museum" franchise director Shawn Levy making a huge comeback to the big screen since 2014's "Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb".
16) "Ghostbusters: Afterlife"
Paul Rudd and the familiar Ghost Trap in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife".
Forget about the all-female fiasco that nobody-asked-for "Ghostbusters" reboot back in 2016. Thanks to Jason Reitman and his dad Ivan (the original director of the first two movies), longtime fans have finally got what they have been dreaming of since eons ago - a true sequel to both "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Ghostbusters II" (1989). In addition to seeing the OG Ghostbusters team of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson all reprising their roles, the third movie will also introduce a new roster of cast including Paul Rudd, Carrie Coons, Finn Wolfhard of TV's "Stranger Things" fame and Mckenna Grace.
John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in Christopher Nolan's "Tenet".
A brand new Christopher Nolan movie releasing in the crowded summer movie season - that one alone is more than enough to generate most audience and fans' interest to check out what Nolan has to offer. Likewise, plot details are kept under wraps but all we know is "Tenet" will set in the world of international espionage and Nolan has assembled a promising ensemble including John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki and Michael Caine.
The all-star cast of Marvel's "Eternals".
MCU has a history of great fortune making superhero team-up movies including "The Avengers" and "Guardians Of The Galaxy" franchises. So, it would be interesting to see the studio tackling another Marvel team-up property in the form of "Eternals", which boasts an all-star cast including Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek.
19) "Godzilla Vs. Kong"
Get ready for plenty of huge monster smackdowns in "Godzilla Vs. Kong".
2019's "Godzilla: King Of The Monsters" wasn't as great of an epic monster movie as most of us might've hoped, still, there's a chance that genre director Adam Wingard of "You're Next" (2011) and "The Guest" (2014) fame is able to deliver the gargantuan promise of the title alone - "Godzilla Vs. Kong".
A behind-the-scene photo from Denis Villeneuve's "Dune" remake.
Those who have seen how awful David Lynch turned "Dune" into a disastrous sci-fi movie of epic proportions back in 1984, can finally rest easy, given the fact that Frank Herbert's 1965 classic novel is in the good hands of Denis Villeneuve. The same director who gave us contemporary sci-fi classics including "Arrival" and "Blade Runner 2049". As expected, the upcoming sci-fi epic will feature a remarkable ensemble cast including Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem.
Cinema Online, 06 January 2020