I have dedicated this page to movies that I have watched in 2020 (these have to be fairly current movies from this year or late last year to make the list). Newest movies are at the top. My goal this year is 50 movies, 1/2 in theaters! Let’s do it!
Movie Count: 16
Call of the Wild: This got bashed pretty hard by critics but I thought it was enjoyable. I wasn’t “wild” about Buck being a CG character but eventually I stopped noticing. One of my kids had just read the book and noted several differences between London’s classic and the movie (i.e. some heavily updated cultural casting and plot changes) but still appreciated the movie on its own merits.
COVID-19: This whole movie theater shut down is wreaking havoc on new releases. It feels like everything has been pushed back indefinitely.
Scoob: It was fine, but I missed the original voice cast.
Bloodshot: Standard Vin Diesel fare. I wasn’t familiar with the comic or movie prior to watching so I thought there was a fun twist.
Sonic The Hedgehog: Not bad! I think it was a good call to redesign the character to be more familiar. And Jim Carrey made a solid Dr. Robotnik.
Underwater: Ouch. There are some cool visuals in this horror / action mashup. But ultimately it is just sea monster murder mystery mess.
Dumplin’: This isn’t a new movie (2018) but it’s new to me so I included it on this list. I love the message, but it’s hard to accept the movie at face value. Some very touching moments. Also: it just occurred to me that I probably won’t be seeing too many movies in theaters this year.
Trolls: World Tour: Cute. I never saw the first one, so I didn’t really have any connection to the two leads (Poppy came across as incredibly annoying and incompetent) but it was still enjoyable.
Charlie’s Angels: This is from last year, but I decided to count it. I love strong women as much as the next guy but this movie was a little ridiculous.
Spies in Disguise
The Hunt: Rich liberals hunting poor conservatives. But it’s all parody so that makes it okay. An allegory of people creating the very thing they fear. There is a lot of that in real life, but nothing this ridiculously viscous. Despite social distancing practices we still went to see this movie in the theater. It may our last one for awhile.
The Invisible Man: I didn’t see this one. I’ll be here all week. Pretty solid thriller overall with a surreal ending.
JoJo Rabbit: Extraordinary well done. The gravity of the movie is kept in check until just the right moment. Heart wrenching, hopeful and hilarious.
Gemini Man… Ummm. CG is still not good enough to create a character by de-aging an older actor. Fundamentally I think the idea is interesting (and there are some cool action scenes) but the overall story and execution is a bit of a mess.
6 Underground [Netflix]: I felt like this wanted to be a bunch of different movies. Michael Bay delivers non-stop and nonsensical action all the way through this very generic spy, action, romantic adventure.