How’s it going, everybody? Happy New Year and welcome to a brand new decade that’ the universe has given us. Also, I’m happy to announce that this is my 500th post on DC’s Take!! The 2010s brought out some of the most influential and important movies of our age that will never leave our minds. Now that we’ve reached 2020, who knows how the entertainment world will change. Will there be more originality? Are the chances of superhero movie fatigue real? Will movie theaters lower their ticket prices? Will we finally see The New Mutants after waiting for two years? We shall see.
While there are a few movies left for me to see before posting my best and worst lists of 2019, it seems appropriate to discuss what I’m looking forward to the most this year. When looking at the calendar, there’s isn’t a lot that sounds interesting to me just yet, but I’m anticipating the ones based on the director, concept, or continuing on a good franchise. This isn’t the one year a Star Wars movie (we all needed a break), but it’s another year filled with hopeful Oscar contenders, huge blockbusters, and the occasional disappointments released throughout.
With that, let me talk about the ten movies I’m anticipating the most out of 2020:
10) ‘The French Dispatch’ (TBA)
Wes Anderson is a gifted director that knows how to make original movies unique to his style. The French Dispatch has been described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city.” Like with any movie from him, the ensemble is huge (Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Timothée Chalamet, etc.) and it will be a wonderful experience just like always.
9) ‘No Time to Die’ (4/10)
Bond is back, and No Time to Die is sadly Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond. This had some production problems with Danny Boyle leaving, but I’m excited to see what Cary Joji Fukunaga can show off in this twenty-fifth installment with Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-writing. The trailer alone already gave us a glimpse at the action. Plus, I’m curious to see how Rami Malek plays the main villain, Safin. The reason it’s lower on here is that I had Spectre in my top 5 of 2015, and that was a mistake.
8) ‘Black Widow’ (5/1)
After being introduced 10 years ago in Iron Man 2, we are finally getting a Black Widow standalone movie this upcoming summer, and it’s also the start of Phase 4 in the MCU. Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role for what could be a cool spy thriller that takes place between Captain America: Civil War and the events in Avengers: Infinity War. What’s going to be interesting about Black Widow is that we might learn more about her past that we haven’t gotten full in-depth before.
7) ‘Dune’ (12/18)
Denis Villeneuve’s version of Frank Herbert’s classic science fiction novel has a lot on its shoulders to be a masterpiece. For starters for Dune, it sounds like it will be a vast improvement on the 1984 original from David Lynch, which bombed at the box office and wasn’t well-received by critics. This cast includes the likes Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and others, a score helmed by Hans Zimmer, and a director that made a huge impression over the last decade might make this epic. Fans of Villeneuve are already expecting greatness from the genre once more after Blade Runner 2049.
6) ‘Last Night in Soho’ (9/25)
I’m all for anything Edgar Wright puts out, especially when it’s an original idea. Instead of doing another action or comedy movie, he’s drifting into a psychological horror next. Different, but excited. Last Night in Soho follows Thomasin McKenzie’s character, who’s obsessed with the sixties, and she’s able to have this relationship with Anya Taylor-Joy’s character from that era. Details might not make sense now, but I’m curious to see how this works.
5) ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ (8/21)
Excellent (air guitar)! It’s been a long time since we asked for a sequel to the buddy comedy franchise for nearly 30 years. Now, it’s great to see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter back once again for the long-awaited third installment, Bill & Ted Face the Music. They already travel through time and they were dead. What’s next? The duo must create the greatest song ever to save the entire universe.
4) ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ (6/26)
Tom Cruise is returning to the danger zone in Top Gun: Maverick. The 1986 original was a huge hit, but who would’ve thought we’d be getting a sequel 34 years later? Director Joseph Kosinski re-teams with Cruise after the underwhelming Oblivion, but he could make a memorable sequel with “Maverick” now training new pilots. Both trailers Paramount has released have made me pumped, especially knowing the aviation scenes will look spectacular and immersive in IMAX. Please don’t let me down when I’m feelin’ the need, the need for speed.
3) ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ (6/5)
There’s only one superhero movie I’m excited the most this year: Wonder Woman 1984. 2017’s Wonder Woman is still one of the best comic book movies I’ve ever seen, and those who keep saying the third act was too CGI are basically annoying when it’s brought up. Patty Jenkins will bring Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) to the world of 1984, where she’s reunited with her love Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and facing a new villain, Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). If this sequel could match what its predecessor with cool action and a fascinating story, this might make it another win for the DCEU.
2) ‘West Side Story’ (12/18)
Steven Spielberg is my favorite director ever, and the first movie he’ll be doing this decade is an adaptation of West Side Story. The musical was already put to screen in 1961 with the Oscar-winning film with Natalie Wood. He hasn’t done a musical before, but he working again with screenwriter Tony Kushner might get a fantastic re-telling of the Romeo and Juliet inspired story with Ansel Elgort and newcomer Rachel Zegler as the main leads.
1) ‘Tenet’ (7/17)
Christopher Nolan made four movies of the last decade that were nothing but great. It will not be a summer movie season without anything from him, and that’s Tenet. The fact that my second favorite director is releasing a new original movie in around the same time Inception is celebrating its 10th anniversary enough to get me hooked. Tenet could be about anything and I’ll be there opening day because Nolan is a genius. Just the look at the trailers, all that I’m kind of get what this will be about is a spy espionage/ time travel film with John David Washington and Robert Pattinson.
Others that I’m excited about (in release order):
- Onward (3/6)
- A Quiet Place Part II (3/20)
- Fast & Furious 9 (5/22)
- Soul (6/19)
- Untitled Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson Project (6/19)
- In the Heights (6/26)
- Bob’s Burgers: The Movie (7/17)
- The King’s Man (9/18)
- The Many Saints of Newark (9/25)
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (9/25)
- BIOS (10/2)
- The Witches (10/9)
- Halloween Kills (10/16)
- Eternals (11/6)
- Raya and the Last Dragon (11/27)
- Coming 2 America (12/18)
- News of the World (12/15)
- Nightmare Alley (TBA)