This year hasn’t granted us much too be excited about. From global pandemics to civil rights movements to interrupted school years, we’ve basically had a year that could be made into an “end of the world” dystopian movie.
And though all quarantine precautions are for our safety and should be taken seriously- that doesn’t make the situation any less dispiriting. The months ahead of us seem long, claustrophobic, and far from the end of this pandemic with the way things are going, but at least we have these 2020 movie releases to look forward to.
In the past few years, we have seen an abundance of our childhood classics be turned into live-action films, and Mulan is the next one to be added to that elite and super nostalgic list. If by some chance you’ve never seen Mulan, here is the logline for a quick and general synopsis of the plot. “To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China.”
Due to quarantine, the closing of the theaters and the perfectly imperfect timing, Mulan’s release date has had to be pushed by a total of three times. It seems the streaming service Disney plus+ has finally settled on a date–Sept 4, 2020.
This movie is one of my personal most anticipated on this list. When Cinderella’s live-action came out I was excited, as well as with Alladin and I couldn’t possibly forget The Lion king. I love story-telling in any format, and I can’t wait to see what twist this new movie will take on the classic story to separate itself from the original. Despite the $30 price point, and critiques I’ve heard from other people. I will definitely be giving this movie a stream and a shot.
From Sean McKittrick, producer of movies like Us and the award-winning Get out, comes Antebellum, a horror/social thriller film. The film will include actors Janelle Monáe, Marque Richardson, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, and more. If the film’s name Antebellum–which means occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War–is anything to go by, then we should be dealing with topics around that era as well as modern-day. Here’s the logline: “In Antebellum, successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present, and future–before it’s too late.”
You can catch the movie on Sept 18, 2020 on On Demand.
I’ll be honest, horror isn’t usually my preferred movie genre, but I feel as though I owe it to my POC actors to give their movies a try. And judging from Monáe’s past supporting roles in movies such as: Hidden Figures, Moonlight, and Harriet I have no doubt that she will pull this role off beautifully and believably. I’m very excited to see how she does in a film that seems to deal with dark topics such as this one.
Wonder Woman 1984
It’s clear with this one that DC Comics was not willing to let Marvel stand them up with Black Widow. Brought to us in 2020, is another Wonder Women movie starring the very talented Gal Gadot. Though I’m sure you’ve heard of Wonder Woman and very possibly saw the first one, this new one’s plot seems to widely differ. Here’s the logline. “Wonder Woman squares off against the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.”
This movie’s release date, according to the movie’s Twitter account, is October 2, 2020.
I fell in love with Wonder Women after the first movie. I wasn’t someone who grew up with comics, so my introduction to most modern-day superheroes is through their movies, and with Wonder Women, I was thoroughly impressed. Gadot seemed to be made for her role and I’m excited to see her in it once again.
As I said before, it’s not often that I sit down to willingly watch a horror film, but with this reboot, I just might have to. The film is based right here in Chicago and if you’re like me, you’ve never seen the original. After watching the trailer you catch on quick to the plot. Here’s the logline: “In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, Anthony and his partner move into a loft in the now gentrified Cabrini. A chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to use these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, he unknowingly opens a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence.”
This movie, pushed back like most of the others, will be released on Oct 16, 2020.
I watched this trailer with my mother because, well it was night, and I’m scary. But while watching it together she told me about the projects featured in the movie that she grew up around, and how the original came out when she was younger. These small details only encouraged me further to watch it. I feel like this movie will connect us. Since my mom is excited, so am I.
I’ve only recently truly begun to get into Marvel movies. With how many there are and how important the timeline is when watching one, I’ve always avoided them. But during quarantine, I finally sat down, looked up the order to watch them in, and began. Let me tell you how surprised I am that It took them this long to give Black Widow her own movie. Soon we will finally get to enjoy her own solo movie. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the logline: “At birth, the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.”
I am very proud to say, the movie is said to be released during my birthday month on Nov 6, 2020.
I know I said Mulan was one of my most anticipated on this list; Black Widow is the other. During all the Marvel movies where Black Widow has been featured, I have seen her as a love interest, the assassin to swoop in and save the day when needed, and a strong powerful woman. While I’m sure in this movie she will be all those things, this time we’ll be able to see her accomplish all these things by herself. This movie we will be able to see Natasha Romanova–and that alone is very exciting.
There have been a multitude of great movies already released this year, and if I had gotten to this particular article earlier there would have been a lot more to recommend. The year’s not over yet, though! I know it’s been rough, but at least we’ll all have something good to watch.
By Kendal Amos, Sophomore, Little Black Pearl