2019 was such a strong year for movies- for Indie films and blockbusters alike. I got to watch most of the films on my 2019 watchlist, and I am so lucky for it. I feel like I was exposed to more directors, more diverging types of filmmaking, different sides to some of my favorite actors, and a new appreciation and respect for the art that I love so much. There were some strong scripts and some epic feats of computer generated imagery. I am only more excited to see what 2020 has to bring thanks to what 2019 already brought to the table. With a few of the trailers already being released for films coming out this year, my excitement has only gone higher now, so I just wanted to share some of my most anticipated 2020 releases. I am truly excited for every film, but I was able to whittle it down to 13. Enjoy!
Tenet (dir. Christopher Nolan)
John David Washington has quickly become one of the actors I am most anticipated to see where their career goes. Even from just the trailer for Tenet, I can tell that he is ready to bring his A-game for this film. Robert Pattinson, himself, is a Film Twitter gem and also one of this generation's most interesting actors. Them two in the hands of Christopher Nolan can only lead to a masterpiece; I'm convinced of it. I also have literally 0 full idea of what this film is about, yet I'm here, and I'm ready for it!
Wonder Woman 1984 (dir. Patty Jenkins)
The first Wonder Woman is by far one of my favorite DCEU movies. Gal Gadot just is Wonder Woman for me, and after watching the first film, I was immediately praying they would come out with a second one. After watching the new trailer, especially in theaters, I am even more thrilled to see what this new one offers for the character. The 80's aesthetic, the more insight into the Amazons, new costumes, and Kristen Wiig! This definitely had to make my list.
Mulan (dir. Niki Caro)
I was very apprehensive towards the making of this film, not only because I'm physically sick of live-actions remakes, but also because of the reports of major changes happening from the original. Now, there's no doubt that this film has been surrounded by so much controversy, but I also cannot deny how truly excited I've been ever since I saw the initial teaser trailer. This remake does what many of the other live-action remakes didn't do, and that is diverge from our need of nostalgia. It's honoring the true source material and the culture that it's coming from. I've cried every time I've watched the trailer, and I'm excited for the lessons it's going to teach young children, even more than the original Mulan.
Birds of Prey (dir. Cathy Yan)
There are so many new comic book films coming out in 2020, and the first one from DC will be Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn. Not only am I excited to see Ewan McGregor come in as Black Mask, but I am most excited for Harley Quinn to be the star of the show- away from the Joker. In Suicide Squad, she was far more interesting than his character, and I know Margot Robbie will do the character even more justice this time around. This film is full of kick-ass women, and the cinematography as well as costumes are vibrant and funky like I hope the film will be. I'm also anxious to see the stunt work.
Promising Young Women (dir. Emerald Fennell)
This is my joker, and I am prepared to see it 100 times in theaters. I didn't even know this film was being made until the trailer came out, but I was instantly hooked. The story was instantly captivating, and I love how the trailer gives out just enough without telling the whole premise. Carey Mulligan has stolen my heart in films like the Great Gatsby, and she seems extremely dedicated to this role. I'm really excited to see what direction this film takes the topic and the conversation surrounding it.
The Invisible Man (dir. Leigh Whannell)
What this new Invisible Man does is completely rebrand the story in a wonderfully modern and thrilling way. Elizabeth Moss is one of the most convincing and strong actresses of the last decade, and from the trailers alone, she gave me chills. I can already tell this film is going to make your hair stand on your skin, and it looks like one of the best new thrillers coming soon. Leigh Whannell has also directed other action-thrillers like Upgrade (2018), which I loved so much, so I'm only more anxious to see how he handles the action and the horror in this one.
The Eternals (dir. Chloe Zhao)
I can't lie. I'm not the most familiar with the source material of Marvel's new Eternals films, but I am so damn excited for it nonetheless. A.) I know it's something new, something different from the usual formula and first string of characters we've grown accustomed to. B.) I know the cast (Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Kit Harrington, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, and more), is possibly one of the most well-put together Marvel cast to date, and I'm so excited to watch a few of them out of their usual element.
Antebellum (dir. Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz)
This is another one of those films that I didn't know was coming soon until I first saw the trailer in theaters. But when I did see the trailer, it blew me the frick away! I mean with the cast alone- Janelle Monae, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, and Marque Richardson- I am so pumped. But to take it further, Janelle Monae will be the main character, and I am already convinced her performance will be awards-worthy. If this film is what I think it is about, then I believe it will be equally terrifying and emotional in very powerful ways.
Black Widow (dir. Cate Shortland)
Black Widow is definitely my number one most anticipated comic book film of 2020. Her death in Endgame absolutely destroyed me, and I'm hoping this film rounds out her character and her arc in a beautiful way. I am also so stoked for Rachel Weisz and David Harbour to get together for some good ol' banter, and I am even more excited for the Florence Pugh Cinematic Universe to expand into superhero movies. The action in this film looks better than ever, and I know I'm not the only one who believes this solo film for Black Widow is lonnnnng overdue.
Soul (dir. Pete Docter)
Pixar has an amazing track record for creating heart-warming, thoughtful, and extravagant animated films and shorts. I know that Soul will not be any different, and it's actually my most anticipated animated film of the year. Jame Foxx plays the main character, who happens to be a jazz player, so I am even more excited for the score and the original songs of the film.
Dune (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
I have not seen the original Dune (yet), but I know enough of the premise to be absolutely thrilled for this 2020 remake. I am ready for Denis Villeneuve to make a thoughtful, thrilling, and visually stunning space sci-fi. With Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya in the mix, it almost seems too perfect to be true. I just know the costume design, the acting, the sets and visuals will be off the freaking charts. I'm so stoked to be getting a new(ish) fantasy space sci-fi that isn't Star Wars.
In the Heights (dir. Jon M. Chu)
Wow, this film's trailer made me tear up so much! You know it's going to be a good year when a musical comes out, and I think this musical is going to be groundbreaking. Jon M. Chu directed films like Crazy Rich Asians and Now You See Me 2, both of which have some amazing cinematography that completely immerses you, and from the first looks at In the Heights, it definitely seems like he continued that trend. And ever since She's Gotta Have It, I've been waiting for Anthony Ramos to have a chance to show off his true musical talents!
Candyman (dir. Nia DaCosta)
Candyman will always be one of my top horror films of all time. I first saw it when I was about 9 years old, and it stuck with me ever since. I am more excited for this new remake than I've ever been for a recent remake of any kind. This film is co-written and produced by Jordan Peele, who I have loved everything he's done with the horror genre thus far. It's rumored to star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who has proven over and over again that he is ready to take on Hollywood. And it is directed by Nia DaCosta, who has also directed another amazing film last year Little Woods. I mean I'm trying not to shoot my expectations so high for this film, bit it's so hard because of how great it looks on paper.
***Some honorable mention include; Trolls: World Tour, The Photograph, The King's Man, and No Time to Die***
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