2020 has been a weird year for the film industry. The movie theatres are mainly closed down thanks to COVID and the pandemic has delayed film production right across the board.
With so many blockbuster movies going straight to streaming services such as Netflix, it is easy to overlook that there have been some good movies released this year.
So let’s take a look at some of the best movies of 2020 and let’s get ready to snuggle down in front of the TV and enjoy our own personal movie night.
Sorry We Missed You is a British film released in March. It comes from veteran director Ken Loach and although it is short on laughs it is a thought provoking drama that will strike a chord with many viewers.
The movie follows the story of a middle aged out of work builder who turns to the gig economy as a self-employed delivery driver. Unsurprisingly he soon realises that his dream of being his own boss is a cruel delusion. This movie examines today’s dog eat dog world where society discards the vulnerable and it seems everyone is caught inside a giant machine that cannot be beaten.
Da 5 Bloods is the latest film from Spike Lee and it has been critically acclaimed as one of his best. It follows the story of five black Vietnam vets who return to Vietnam to recover a stash of buried gold and it has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood blockbuster combined with some interesting social commentary. There are some laughs along the way, plus adventure and some thoughts on how the past never goes away however hard you try to hide it.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
The USA does not take part in this annual song fest, but you don’t need to be a Eurovision fan to enjoy the movie; there is plenty here to delight and amuse, plus plenty of earworm catchy songs and some great costumes. The film stars Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two hapless Icelandic song contestants and we are taken on a journey with them to perform at the annual Eurovision song contest.
This film so faithfully recreates the Eurovision Song Contest that it is hard to believe that this is not actually reality. It features performances from real life Eurovision stars, some silly slapstick humor and is surprisingly moving in parts too. If you fancy a good laugh with plenty of European stereotypes thrown in, you will love it.
Our final choice is Cuties, a French made film that has attracted controversy because it was seen to sexualise young girls. The truth is not quite as easy to pigeonhole. The story follows a young Muslim girl called Amy who joins an all-girl dance group who dance in a way that is totally age inappropriate but gives them all a sense of identity and belonging. The movie can be seen as a coming of age movie as Amy realises that this new world she is embracing is just as restrictive as the one she is trying to escape.