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Best and Worst Movies of 2020…so far!

Can you believe we’re halfway through the shitstorm that is 2020? I like to do a little mid-year best and worst post but for a while, I thought it wasn’t going to be possible. Thanks to plenty of cinema visits before lockdown and the joys of Netflix, I can confidently say I’ve seen enough movies to give you a list of the 5 Best and 5 Worst movies of 2020 so far. With Mulan and Tenet pushed back AGAIN, who knows when the next big release will be?

I watched Hamilton (2020) on Disney+ between choosing which movies would feature in this list and actually sitting down to write it, so it’s excluded for now. I guess there’s an argument to be made that it isn’t a movie, but that’s an argument for another day.

Let’s kick off with the 5 worst movies of 2020 so far, shall we?

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#5 Bloodshot

I doubt I would have even watched this if it weren’t for lockdown. Vin Diesel isn’t my cup of tea and the movie trailer didn’t excite me. The actual movie itself wasn’t bad, just painfully average in every way. It would have been a solid 6 or 7 out of 10 if it came about 10 years ago, but action movies like this have moved on.

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#4 Dolittle

Since writing my full review of Dolittle I have learned that Robert Downey Jr was meant to be doing a Welsh accent. Oh. Wales is about an hour drive away from me, and my boss is Welsh. I really should have been able to detect that accent. Yikes.

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#3 Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl is on par with Dolittle for the most WTF moment in a children’s movie. Dolittle had a grown man pulling objects out of a dragon’s butt, Artemis Fowl had Josh Gad widen his jaw enough to burrow using his mouth and fart out dirt. I don’t know what more to tell you, guys.

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#2 365 Days

I haven’t mentioned it yet but yes, I watched 365 Days. It’s surely the most-watched movie on Netflix by now. I never thought I would see the day that I could say I would watch something with a worse story than Fifty Shades…but here we are. Those…naughty scenes were quite something though, weren’t they?

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#1 Brahms: The Boy II

You know what? I’m still salty about this sequel. I kind of loved the original movie for thinking out of the box and I was optimistic about seeing more. The Boy II basically just pretends the first movie didn’t exist and was full to the brim of modern horror movie cliches. Brahms deserved better.

2020 hasn’t been a complete disaster (yet) in terms of movies however. I found no trouble picking 5 movies that I loved enough to award them the title of best so far, and I present them to you now.

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#5 Extraction

I’ll admit, by the end of the year Extraction will probably fall into the category of ‘good’, but for now, it most definitely ‘good’ enough to feature in this list. I was expecting an average, run of the mill action movie and a chance to drool over Chris Hemsworth for a couple of hours. Instead, I got a decent story, characters I cared about, and a huge action scene that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a John Wick movie.

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#4 The Invisible Man

One of the last movies I got to see at the cinema before they all closed. This was such a good experience, watching it on the big screen with nowhere to hide when the tension got too high. I’m normally very quiet at the cinema but that restaurant scene? I gasped VERY loudly.

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#3 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Warner Bros’ marketing department have a lot to answer for here. They failed to promote their own, promising movie and then tried to blame anyone but themselves when it flopped at the box office. Margot Robbie fits this role perfectly, and it’s full of fun, colourful action scenes from the very beginning. I’ve watched it 3 times now and it’s a blast every time.

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#2 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Jaja…DING DONG. I’m not sorry for ranking Eurovision so high. It was a solid 8/10 when I watched it and I love it even more almost 2 weeks after watching it. It’s everything I need it to be. It’s funny, it has a touching story, it has songs way catchier than Frozen 2 (I mean it) and did I mention that 4 men ripped Dan Stevens’ shirt off? I love it.

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#1 The Gentlemen

This was the first movie I saw at the cinema in 2020 and when I came out, I had to sleep on my feelings. It felt like a solid 10/10, but could I really give the first movie of the year full marks? Turns out yes. Yes I can. The Gentlemen is brilliant. Hugh Grant is disgustingly phenomenal in his role, and not only did Matthew McConnaughey not get on my nerves like he always does…I really loved his character and what he stood for. It was so much fun, and it’s going to take a lot to knock this off the top spot at the end of the year.

Movie Reviews

The Invisible Man (2020)

the-invisible-man-2020-movie-reviewDirector: Leigh Whannell

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Runtime: 124 Minutes

Main Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman

Plot: Cecilia escapes her abusive husband in the middle of the night and hides at a friend’s house. 2 weeks later she finds out that her husband Adrian has committed suicide and left her his fortune. That night though she begins being stalked by an invisible man, who Cecilia is convinced is Adrian.

My Thoughts: Can Hollywood give Elizabeth Moss a romcom please? Girl deserves one after escaping an abusive partner 2 movies in a row! Jokes aside – I’ve been quietly looking forward to seeing this for a while now. I find the premise of a lot of horror movies interesting but they’re so hit and miss, but the reviews for The Invisible Man have been brilliant, and now I can say deservedly so!

Just the right amount of tension, fear and mystery to keep you entertained for it’s just over 2 hours, and oh man was I scared for most of the first half. The opening scene had me sinking in my seat and hiding in my jumper, and just when you think you’ve reached a calmer moment the music kicks in and the tension starts all over again! It does get a little less scary as certain things are revealed, but that’s when the mystery element turns up a notch so it’s not really an issue.

There seems to be a trend in recent years of horror movies that thrive on removing away a sense, whether it be sight or sound, and it’s so effective. I hate jump scares that feel thrown in for the sake of it, it’s just not enjoyable to me. But this kind of fear is something else – and I love it!

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Best Bit: I won’t spoil it, but there’s a very memorable moment when the whole concept of this invisible man goes from doing little things to scare and anger Cecilia to HOLY S**T what just happened OH MY GOD and I think my jaw hit the floor.

Worst Bit: If you’ve watched the trailer you probably remember a jump scare involving stairs and a bucket of paint. Whilst I’m glad for the warning, it was by far the best scare in the whole movie and if it had remained a secret, it would have been so much more effective. In fact, I think the trailer gives away far too much – it’s better to just jump into this one blindly.

Fun Trivia: Originally was going to be part of the Dark Universe, with Johnny Depp starring as the titular character, and Ed Solomon writing, but changes were made to the Dark Universe to focus on individual storytelling and moving on from the shared universe concept after the box office failure of The Mummy (2017).

My Rating: 4 out of 5 of the LOUDEST damn dog bowls in history. I think I actually almost had a heart attack at that moment, I had shooting tingles go down my arms!

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