Film in 2020 was a strange beast as release schedules would get shifted, theatres would close for extended periods of time and streaming would become the new home for bringing them to the public, at least in part. That being said, they would vie amongst each other and with quality television programs for the attention of audiences everywhere. Here are some films that stood out to this viewer that perhaps were not the best to be had but at least entertained in some fashion.
Enola Holmes – The sister of Sherlock Holmes would come to life courtesy of Millie Bobby Brown in one of her best performances to date, a fun character similar in many ways to her brother and yet a little freer in attitude and smiles. It is the latter of which that would cause the estate of Sherlock Holmes to file the most ridiculous of lawsuits which would finally get settled out of court, in the end only bringing more attention to the film than anything else. Also starring Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin among others, the cast would do a great job and coupled with the production values, end up being one of the best films Netflix would have to offer during the year.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga – Starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, the film would provide some laughs yet be a far cry from some of the former’s previous hits, a far, far cry. As evidenced by the title, the movie would deal with the Eurovision Song Contest and the attempts of Ferrell and McAdams to win the thing. Out of the entire thing would come the song Husavik which was a great track in every way but it would be Jaja Ding Dong that would end up being the most memorable song of it all and the one thing audiences would take away more than anything. As good or as bad as the film might be, it was entertaining from start to finish.
The Old Guard – Based upon the comic series of the same name, The Old Guard is a film that stars Charlize Theron as an immortal warrior who tries to keep the secret she and her companions share in an ever-changing world. Theron is perfectly cast as the weary warrior who has lived for centuries and by the end of it all, she ends up looking forward to the future even though hers is uncertain. Packed with action and mystery and a cliff-hanger that begs for more, here is hoping that Netflix makes this a franchise.
Let Him Go – Kevin Costner makes great movies and that continues here as he teams up with Diane Lane in a movie that finds the two looking for their grandson who has essentially been kidnapped. Filled with violence and action at times, it also happens to be quite moving at times and when it is all said and done, it leaves one fully satisfied as if they themselves had just been rescued. A really, really good film and one that can easily be watched on multiple occasions.
Honest Thief – There is nothing that has not been seen before in this action-thriller starring Liam Neeson but sometimes taking comfort in the familiar is what is needed sometimes and Honest Thief does not disappoint at least in that regard.
The Hunt – Part thriller, part horror though a little light on the latter aspect, The Hunt was held back from release at first as some found it politically insensitive. Be that as it may, it found its way to the release schedule which turned out to be a good thing as the movie is all kinds of fun, taking jabs at everyone and more importantly, doing so with a fair amount of violence. Well worth the time to watch it.
The Owners – There have been many a home invasion film over the years and just when one would have thought they had seen them all, another one comes along and twists things just a little so that it gives the viewer something new to chew on.
Even more films:
Soul – A feel-good film from Pixar about living one’s life to the fullest.
Escape From Pretoria – Daniel Radcliffe escapes from prison in a truly captivating film.
Made in Italy – Liam Neeson and his son bond over the selling of a house and memories of a former life.
You Should Have Left – Kevin Bacon and young bride Amanda Seyfried look to getaway to help fix their marriage and end up in the Devil’s house.
Peninsula (Train to Busan 2) – More action and more zombies in this sequel that is not quite a sequel.
Onward – A Pixar film taking place in a fantasy setting of a sorts where a young elf finally comes to terms with his father’s passing.
The Devil All the Time – A fantastically depressing film filled with top-notch performances from a top-notch cast.
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