Watchmen follows Angela Abar (Regina King) who is a cop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After cops are being repeatedly targeted by the white supremist group, The Seventh Calvary, Angela’s world gets turned upside down and she unexpectedly learns her family history.Continue reading “Watchmen (HBO)”
Birds of Prey takes place after Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker have broken up. With a hit now on her head, she is wanted by Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), but ends up working with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollet-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to protect a little girl named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from this rising villain.Continue reading “Birds of Prey (2020)”
2020 is year and with it comes another promising year of films. I’m particularly excited since there are a great number of women-led films both in front of and behind the camera in 2020. Since it’s early in the year, none of the smaller, independent films are really known until the Sundance Film Festival later this month, so this list will mainly be bigger films. I will also do a Top 10 of 2019 list, but that won’t be up until I have seen 1917, which is a major awards contender this year.
So here is what I’m most looking forward to at the moment for the upcoming year with some honorable mentions that go out to Godzilla vs. Kong, Eternals, and Bob’s Burgers who didn’t quite make the list.
The Boys is a show on Amazon Prime that shatters the idealistic superhero concept that has swept the world today. It revolves around Hughie (Jack Quaid), who decides to take revenge on the superhero who killed his girlfriend. He meets Butcher (Karl Urban), who has a similar revenge plot for all superheroes, especially The Seven.
Spider-Man: Far From Home takes place a couple of months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) goes on a class trip to Europe where he plans to confess how he feels to MJ (Zendaya). However, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) recruits Spider-Man into helping defeats monsters named Elementals with the newcomer super-hero, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).
Avengers: Endgame takes place during the aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War. The leftover Avengers now must try to bring those who perished back but that begs the question to what cost?
Shazam! revolves around Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is recently put in a foster home. He wants nothing more than to find his birth mother, but after defending his disabled foster brother named Freddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) he finds himself becoming a superhero and a superhero that looks to be in his 30s at that (played by Zachary Levi).
Captain Marvel centers around Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) a Kree soldier who ends up on Earth to stop the villainous skrulls – a race of alien shapeshifters. She must work with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and an old friend named Maria (Lashana Lynch) to find out what her past is.
This film has a ton of controversy over it which isn’t rare for comic book movies, mainly from fanboys who aren’t a fan of Brie Larson or don’t want to see a female superhero on screen, but I think it’s safe to say to Captain Marvel beat the odds. It’s enjoyable, and while it may not be the best MCU film, I think it’s definitely worth checking out.
Glass is a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split and picks up with Kevin and his split personalities (James McAvoy) and David (Bruce Willis) being captured by a psychiatrist Elise (Sarah Paulson) where she wants to cure them of the delusion that they along with Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) are superheroes.
James McAvoy continues to astound with his performance here, he is both disturbing and fascinating to watch. But for a film named after the character Mr. Glass, he does not play as big of a role as I initially thought. It’s nice to see Bruce Willis not acting like a zombie in a film and see what he and his son have been doing since the events of Unbreakable. And while I really enjoyed seeing these three characters interact, I wish they interacted more than they actually did. And for the supporting characters, I don’t really buy that Ana Taylor Joy’s character from Split would be willing to reach out to and help Kevin. And though I love Sarah Paulson, she felt very one-note and cliche to me.
Aquaman revolves around Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) as Mera (Amber Heard) recruits him to become the king of Atlantis and to stop his half-brother, Orm (Patrick Wilson), from uniting the seven seas to wage war on the surface.
Director, James Wan, previously known for horror films such as The Conjuring and Insidious brings a lighthearted, but conventional superhero flick to life. He was able to create amazing visuals which I think is the film’s greatest strength.