Here are my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2020, along with some honorable mentions.
2019 was a great year for movies, but now it’s time to move on to 2020, which is shaping up to be yet another fantastic year in cinema. This list will consist mostly of films I know about at the moment. Of course, there may be some surprises next year that I’ll watch and will absolutely love. For the most part, films on this list have an immense amount of hype surrounding them and with good reason. Either the trailers look great, the news about them is promising, or the team developing these films have a reputable and trustworthy track record. There are also more than 10 movies I’m excited for, so I’ll have some honorable mentions as well.
10. Godzilla vs. Kong (Nov. 20, 2020)
This is a film I’m actually very excited for simply because I’m a fan of both properties. Plus, something of this caliber, which pits two iconic and savage characters against each other (aside from the superhero genre), hasn’t been done, at least in the modern era of film. I, for one, really enjoyed Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. Personally, I thought it was a great character piece, even though Godzilla himself was forced to be a supporting character for the majority of its own movie. Kong: Skull Island did the opposite of that and put Kong front and center, it just had too many dispensable characters. I believe Godzilla: King of the Monsters went the same route. The monster battles were highly entertaining and that’s truly the essence of what those films should aspire to be. But, I would’ve enjoyed a more cohesive story, along with some proper character development. Let’s hope Godzilla vs. Kong makes some room for that. All in all, I’m excited to see these two clash on the big screen.
9. A Quiet Place Part II (March 20, 2020)
A Quiet Place was a hit nobody saw coming. It was a fantastic directorial debut for John Krasinki and, overall, a very interesting and unique concept. The performances were great throughout, the story was compelling and immersive from beginning to end, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Plus, with the cliffhanger at the end, a sequel is a no-brainer. I’m not sure where they’re going to go with the story next, but I’m excited to find out in A Quiet Place Part II.
8. Black Widow (May 1, 2020)
I’m assuming this’ll be a proper send off for Scarlett Johansson’s character, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Then again, I’m really not sure what to expect. What I do know is I definitely want to see it, especially after the seeing the first trailer. It’s supposed to take place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, so I’m not entirely sure what the plans are considering it is a prequel and we know she doesn’t make it out of Avengers: Endgame alive. However, I’m excited to see all the new characters being introduced in this, especially Taskmaster, whose live-action debut is long overdue. It’s also giving me a ton of The Winter Soldier vibes, which I love.
7. No Time to Die (April 8, 2020)
Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond is arguably the best iteration of the character we’ve seen yet. Although there have been some missteps with the films itself, especially Quantum of Solace, for the most part, the films have been great. A lot of credit has to be given to Craig for the success of these movies. With No Time to Die being his last time playing 007, I’m expecting a proper sendoff while the film also introducing somebody new, which I think will more than likely be Lashana Lynch and I’m all for it. What I’m most excited about, though, is Cary Fukunaga directing, who I believe is one of the best directors working today. His work with season one of True Detective has already solidified his career. Can’t wait to see what he does with a new James Bond film.
6. Onward (March 6, 2020)
Onward is shaping up to be yet another classic from Pixar. With a stellar cast behind the voices (Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer), ground-breaking animation, and heart-tugging and emotional story, Onward seems like it’s bringing every Pixar does best all together. From the trailers, you can already sense it’ll be a film that’ll bring you to tears just on the premise alone. Add in the comedic dialogue and the vibrant world the characters inhabit, we’re in for possibly the best animated feature of 2020.
5. The Eternals (Nov. 6, 2020)
The Eternals is one of the two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies releasing next year, along with Black Widow. I’m very excited to see this movie for a number of reasons. Much like Guardians of the Galaxy, the casual audience doesn’t necessarily know who this group of heroes are. According to Kevin Feige in the video above from SDCC 2019, they’ve been in the MCU the whole time. The Eternals are a group of very powerful beings as well, and they’re probably the strongest characters we’ll see introduced to date. Add in the cast of actors who will be bringing them to life (Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, and so on) and I think we’re in for something special.
4. Wonder Woman 1984 (June 4, 2020)
Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is, in my opinion, one of the only things keeping the DC Extended Universe alive. It was one of the best superhero films of the decade and it was the first film that set the tone for female-led superhero movies, which I believe is a great thing since there are many female superheroes that need some love on the big screen. Captain Marvel followed suit and soon enough, Black Widow will as well. With that being said, I’m very much looking forward to Wonder Woman 1984. With Jenkins returning to direct and Gal Gadot continuing to bring this character justice, this has all the potential to be the best superhero film of 2020.
3. Top Gun: Maverick (June 26, 2020)
By the time Top Gun: Maverick hits theaters, it’ll be a little over 34 years since the original hit theaters. For many, Top Gun is a classic and one of Tom Cruise’s best films to date. It was an exciting, one-of-a-kind film back when it released and till this day, it’s still pretty entertaining to watch. I can only imagine with the new technology at the disposal of filmmakers today, Top Gun: Maverick is going to take it up a notch in terms of camera angles, special effects, and cinematography. From the trailers alone, it’s pretty evident viewers will feel as if they’re the ones who are the pilots. Add in the return of Cruise and some new cast members, notably Miles Teller, and it’s no surprise as to why it’s so high up on my list.
2. Dune (Dec. 18, 2020)
Denis Villeneuve is probably my favorite director working today. His resume is extremely impressive with films such as Prisoners, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049. He has a way of telling a story in a completely different way, unlike anything I’ve seen before. In terms of visuals, he’s also untouched at the moment. I can only imagine what he’s going to be doing with Dune. Apparently, it’s an incredibly ambitious project and that’s obvious considering the source material it comes from. I’m also a huge fan of the cast involved, which includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, and more. It’s still about a year away, but I’m definitely counting down the days.
1. In The Heights (June 26, 2020)
Without a doubt, and probably for personal and biased reasons, this is my most anticipated film of 2020. I’ve been a huge fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit broadway production, In The Heights, for as long as I can remember. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the movie’s release since it was announced and the trailer just surpassed my expectations and increased my excitement even more. At this point, Lin-Manuel can do no wrong and with him being directly involved in this project, while also portraying Mr. Piraguero, this has all the makings to be one of the best films of 2020. I can’t wait to see these songs come to life on the big screen as well, along with the set pieces, which I believe a story like this benefits from a film setting like this.
- The Way Back (March 6, 2020)
- Tenet (July 17, 2020)
- Soul (June 19, 2020)
- Mulan (March 27, 2020)
- Free Guy (July 3, 2020)
- West Side Story (Dec. 18, 2020)
- Bad Boys for Life (Jan. 17, 2020)