December 11, 2020-
2020 was a year that we would all like to forget. It was also a year that brought us closer to films because in our isolation we all turned to art for solace. Here are a few of the best films that came out in 2020 that won’t be forgotten:
I am Thinking of Ending Things
As expected, Charlie Kauffman delivered what can be called the film that messed with our minds the most in 2020. This is a film about two lovers driving off to meet the man’s family. On the way, his girlfriend realizes that she wants to break up and thinks of ways in which she can gently communicate the same to him. What follows is a story of deep self-reflection and analysis. If you like films that lead you to questions about your own self and existence at large, this is for you.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, a young girl travels across the state with a friend to find a solution to her problem. This is a very bold, tenderly written film that talks about various relevant themes like women and their right to their own bodies, social prejudices against young independent women, how the State interferes with personal decisions, and the like. This is definitely an important film that came out in 2020 that must not be missed.
David Fincher fans have something to be excited about in 2020. Mank is his latest biographical drama starring Gary Oldman as Herman Mankiewicz. Mank was a well-known screenwriter and the film documents his life and times while he was writing and developing the screenplay for Citizen Kane. The film makes an analysis of the creative process of a writer, the power structures within cinema as an industry, and the many ups and downs of being in showbiz. Fincher has maintained his elements of intrigue and the film does not disappoint.
Promising Young Woman
A witty, young, tantalizing woman comes across an incident that changes her life. The film which starts out as a revenge comedy progresses into something wild and mad. The films is an immersive take on the double like of women in both the domestic and social space. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was received very well by critics and audiences.
One Night in Miami
What if some of your icons met in a fictionalized setting and spent time hanging out? One Night in Miami is exactly that! Set in 1964, this is a fictionalised portrayal of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. They meet in a hotel room in Miami to celebrate Ali’s win over Sonny Liston. This is a film that explores the dynamics between these renowned men and opens up their private aspirations, emotions, and humanizes them for us. It is a fun, crisp, well-written film that is sure to keep you excited throughout. Applauded by critics and moviegoers alike, this is definitely one of the best films of 2020.
2020 was nothing short of a thriller film itself! Here is one of the best on-screen thrillers that came out of the year. The Nest is an icy, immersive story about a middle-class couple who move to England in search of better opportunities. What unfolds is a story that ventures into the most unexpected territories with their relationship, social standing and safety hanging in the balance. The film is paced incredibly well, just enough to keep you guessing and also make you want to linger for a bit in every scene. Amazing performances, stunning visuals, and befitting background score make this film one of the best thrillers of 2020.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
It will not be an exaggeration to call this film one of the most sensational releases of 2020. The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a historical legal drama about a group of 7 anti-Vietnam war protestors trying to cross the State lines in Chicago in 1968. The film is loaded with a sharp political critique that is strikingly similar to the events of today’s times. Originally planned as a theatrical release, it was eventually released on Netflix as a result of the pandemic. All the actors have done a fabulous job in this tightly packed drama that became one of the most discussed films of the year.
One of the most exciting releases of 2020, Soul is a computer-animated comedy-drama that has an African-American protagonist. Produced by Pixar, the film is the story of a middle school music instructor who sets out on a journey to unite his body and soul after a freak accident. He is just about to have his big break at a Jazz concert prior to which he finds himself unable to make music. The story is a warm, witty, and musical journey of him finding his voice and his true love for music. The film has all the ingredients of a good animation film. The voice overs stand out for their depth and every scene is crafted with utmost attention to detail and aesthetics.
The Invisible Man
Loosely based on the novel of the same title by H.G.Wells, this is a science fiction horror thriller that stood out in 2020. The film follows the life of a young woman who feels she is being stalked and manipulated by her boyfriend even after his suicide. Turns out that he has perhaps not passed away, but has made himself invisible somehow and is trying to gaslight her through his presence. Chilling, racy, and intriguing till the last scene, this film is one that will keep you on your toes. It has got its pace and its thrills right, which are complemented by great performances and a curious storyline.
Based on the life and times of British palaeontologist Mary Anning, this is a romantic period drama that made a mark in 2020. The film opens with Anning living in a quiet town with her ailing mother. Her glorious discoveries behind her, she now makes a living by hunting for fossils and selling them to tourists. One such tourist couple visit her and she is entrusted with the care of the wife. What unfolds is a fierce romance between the two women that breaks stereotypes and social norms. The film is a treatise on the all understanding tenderness of female companionship. Kate Winslet stars as Anning and gives an unforgettable performance.