The Antici- . . . Part 1: Movies of 2020

These are in no particular order. Honestly, I just wrote down a list.

Birds of Prey – February 7, 2020

“Do you know what a harlequin is?”, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn teases at the beginning of this trailer. Reprising her role in this sequel of sorts, Birds of Prey focuses on the “Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn”. 

Now, DC makes really good trailers. Like, really freakin’ good trailers. But, this one is just so perfect. This trailer sets up an atmosphere that is so gritty, yet sugary sweet coupled with the urban setting that is part and parcel of the DC universe. Headlined by an almost exclusively-led female cast, this one is going to be so much fun to watch. (It also comes out on my birthday, so you know where I’ll be!)

Mulan – March 27, 2020

Confession time: When I saw this official trailer before Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I teared up. Like, legit lump-in-the-throat, covering my face so other moviegoers don’t see me, teared up. You listen to that instrumental version of “Reflection” and try not to be in all your feelings. The cinematography, fight choreography, the dialogue, AH! I can’t wait for this one. I was always going to see it (because Disney owns us all), but with the release of this trailer, my expectations are high.

Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5, 2020

When Thor:Ragnarok was released, it immediately became my favorite of that series, partly due to the fact that it had this bright, colorful, 80s feel to it. This trailer (aptly titled 1984) plays up on the 80s nostalgia that was featured in the last year or so (Stranger Things, anyone?) I’m interested in seeing how they explain Steve’s return. I mean, it’s Chris Pine, so I’m not really complaining. And it features Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian himself!), so I’m really not complaining at this cast. The first Wonder Woman film breathed badly-needed fresh air into the DC universe, and this second installment looks like a fun continuation!

Black Widow – May 1, 2020

Well, it’s about damn time, Marvel. It might even be a little too late, to be honest. While Marvel has been uber successful (hello, record-breaking Endgame), they’ve really fallen short in the female-led films. Of course, we got Captain Marvel last year, which was fantastic, but we’ve wanted a Black Widow film for years. It’s one of the areas where I think DC has Marvel beat (not that they need to be compared to one another all the time). DC wasn’t afraid to heavily showcase women. And with the Avengers storyline wrapped up almost a year ago, dragging this film up to a 2020 release feels belated. However, this movie features a great cast that I’m really excited to see, including Rachel Weisz and David Harbour. 

Onward – March 6, 2020

As mentioned before, I’m a sucker for Disney. Pixar’s newest film features a world where fantasy and magic is the everyday and two brothers go on a quest to bring their dad back. I fully expect this movie to unfairly manipulate our emotions to make us laugh and cry. It features the voice acting of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, and I’m intrigued to see how the two work off each other in this film.

Sonic The Hedgehog – February 14, 2020

Allright, let me get this out of the way really quick. I didn’t mind the way Sonic looked in the first trailer that apparently frightened/creeped out some other fans. I do think this new Sonic looks closer to the original, but I’m not really bothered either way. I’m also going into this movie with basically no prior knowledge of Sonic. I know who he is and what he looks like, but I didn’t play the games growing up. (I was a fan of N64’s Mario Party and Mario Kart) This still looks like a fun movie, and I will watch pretty much anything Jim Carrey is in. 

The King’s Man – February 14, 2020

If Sonic isn’t really your thing, you can instead drag your date to see The King’s Man. This film acts as a prequel that tells the beginnings of the intelligence agency, Kingsman, that were featured in the first and second Kingsman films. With Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton at the center of this movie and it being set in the beginning of the twentieth century, this seems like a great way to wrap up the series in a way that isn’t entirely predictable.

Free Guy – July 3, 2020

You can argue that Ryan Reynolds is effectively playing the same kind of character in each of his films, but you can’t argue with the fact that it’s still entertaining. Riffing on video game worlds in a way that’s a parody but still watchable, it offers a fresh take on the adventure-game movie. Set to Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy”, this movie feels like a fun time. It doesn’t try to be an academy-award winner. That kind of self-awareness can still bring in high box-office numbers. Also, Taika Waititi is in it, and as he’s now one of my new favorite filmmakers, I’ll definitely be watching this one. 

Honorable Mentions (with no trailers):

Bill and Ted Face The Music

My mom is obsessed with Keanu Reeves, and I enjoyed the first one, so I’ll probably see this one too. 

Death on The Nile – 

I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but I had no idea we were getting another Hercule Poirot movie from Kenneth Branagh. I love murder mysteries, so this one is also on my list.

Are there any films that I haven’t mentioned yet that you’re waiting for? 

Also, keep a lookout for my anticipated tv shows of 2020!

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