2020 has been a weird year for all of us. Like how everyone is affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, movies suffered a major blow too. Movies getting delayed, productions getting shut down, big blockbusters moving to streaming services; it was a rollercoaster ride for the movie industry.
Despite all that though, there were some movie releases that I managed to watch, and I have compiled my top three favourites of this year. Even with the little amount of movie releases, there were a couple of good ones out there that deserved a watch. So here are my top three and my least favourite movie of 2020.
Before we get into it though, there were a couple of movies that I want to point out that did not quite make the list but are still well deserved.
- “Da 5 Bloods”
Netflix has been giving us gold this year with so many movies to watch even I lost count on how many movies there were. From the non-stop action “Extraction” to the head-scratchinly weird “I’m Thinking Of Ending Things”, we were spoiled by lots of choices to choose from. However, the standout to me was Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”, a harrowing, important, and timely movie that reflects back on the current situation of today’s political America. Backed by a great ensemble of casts including the late Chadwick Boseman and a guaranteed Oscar nominee, Delroy Lindo.
- “The Invisible Man”
After Universal Pictures’ disastrous Dark Universe reboot, Leigh Whannell took it upon himself to make his own version of “The Invisible Man” that is smart, relevant, and frightening in all the right moments. Forget about Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” reboot, this was what it should’ve started with. Goddammit just give Whannell the whole franchise already!
Yes, I know “1917” came out last year but it came out in Malaysia this year so I’m counting it in! “1917” was truly a masterpiece and an experience that can only be felt in the cinema. Thrilling from start to finish, Sam Mendes took the one-shot method (which already has a soft spot in my geeky heart) and dialled it up a notch here while still maintaining a simple yet effective story. Roger Deakins’ Oscar win for Best Cinematography was well-deserved.
Worst Movie: “Capone”
Even in a year where it was lacking of movies, I still unfortunately enough got to witness a very bad movie, and that movie was “Capone”. A story about Al Capone’s fatal illness before he died could’ve been explored further but Josh Trank’s redemption film was just a bunch of scenes cut and pasted together with no substance and fart jokes(?). Poor Tom Hardy couldn’t even save himself from this garbage. Conclusion: I think it’s best for Trank to retire from filmmaking altogether.