A summary of the year 2020 in cinema, which was full of many challenges and changes. How will this year be remembered in the movies?
How many times have you been to the cinema in 2020? If you’re like most of us, you can probably count your trips to the theater on the fingers of one hand. This may be typical for you, but for many of us it is not. Among other things, the pandemic and its economic impact have certainly had an impact on our relationship with film. It remains to be seen whether our relationship has been affected positively or negatively.
On the bright side, a year without major movie releases has put the focus on smaller movies. Relegated to our couches, people found new movies to watch that they might not have chosen to watch otherwise. Movies like Hillbilly Elegy, The Chicago 7 trialand The King of Staten Island they may have attracted more attention and opinions than if they had been published in previous years. With the Oscar season booming, I’m also curious to see if there is more interest in hopeful Oscar movies than in the past, as some of them will be more available to the general public thanks to streaming services. compared to previous years.
Speaking of streaming services, they are the big winners from the 2020 pandemic-fueled film debacle. Instead of going to the movies, we spend more time at home watching them. More than any year before, studios were using streaming services to release new movies. While we don’t know if this is financially feasible for bigger movie premieres, it is at least a way for fans to watch major movie premieres when the theater isn’t available to them. More than an opportunity for big movie studios, it has also been a boon for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon that release their own movies.
But with the ability to stream new movies to a variety of electronic devices, that’s a drawback for traditional movie theaters. Like many other companies that have been negatively affected by pandemic closures, movie theaters are struggling to survive. With the decision of the big studios to suspend the release of big films in theaters this year, many have closed temporarily or permanently. It is certainly a blow to the film industry as a whole.
Hopefully this will mean some changes to the theater experience so that people will return to the movies when it is safe to do so again. The theater situation is just one of many aspects of the film industry that has been forced to make major changes because of what happened this year. The pandemic has not only restricted the release of great films, it has also restricted their production. Many major productions were closed during the pandemic or delayed in some way. The impact of these delays on film production has yet to be seen, but it could result in more releases being postponed to later dates.
Before the pandemic reared its ugly head, 2020 got off to an unusually good start in terms of movies. January, which is generally a bad month to release good movies, was actually one of the best months of 2020 for cinema. While the public and critics remain divided SubmarineHowever, it seems to become more and more popular over time. We saw the wide release of the Oscar-winning version. 1917and the highest grossing film of 2020 Bad boys for life. Also, we got a return from Guy Ritchie in Gentlemenand the elegant horror movie Gretel and hansel. Of course, there were some pretty terrible movies as well, but the good movies far outweighed the bad ones, which wouldn’t actually happen the rest of the year.
February 2020 saw the release of some slightly overdue movies that didn’t live up to expectations. Blumhouses’ Fantastic island failed to reach the high bar set by the producer’s best work from the previous year, while Call of the wild starring Harrison Ford and an unconvincing CGI dog was quickly forgotten. Sonic the Hedgehog It has had some box office success, but its lackluster reviews suggest that the film’s delays in post-production did not necessarily improve it. Birds of prey it was decently received, but it wasn’t a huge success and the audience still seems divided. The best new release of February was The invisible man, and saw the wide circulation of famous Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Color out of space it was another remarkable version.
March was the last normal month of 2020 before the outbreak of the pandemic, prompting a shutdown in effect in most locations around March 20. But even if it was the last chance for regular theatrical releases, the studios didn’t seize it. Pixar, which is generally a safe thing for big movies, is out Ahead. However, this film was not as well received as previous Pixar releases and is considered one of the worst films in the studio’s portfolio. Bloody sportand Confidential SpenserThey were both action movies starring big-name stars that didn’t make much of an impact. The hunt It was eagerly awaited, but it did not live up to expectations. However, movies like Emma and The way back they were well received and probably would have been more appreciated if theaters could have stayed open longer.
April, May, June, July: The major box office months of the summer have passed and just one major new movie hits theaters. There were smaller releases or notable movie releases on streaming services. In May we saw Love birds, The vastness of the nightand Promising young woman. In June, we saw Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga on Netflix and Birds of Artemis on Disney Plus, the latter being a huge disappointment given the original material and the talent involved. In late July, we saw an increase in new movies released on streaming services. Highlights include Relic, AVA, Hamilton, Palm springs, Greenland, The King of Staten Island, Doggy styleand The old guard. Some of these movies were better than others.
Finally, in August, we saw the first big blockbuster of the year in theaters, Beginning. Beginning It is an interesting microcosm of the film year that is 2020 due to its controversy. If you look at all of the highly anticipated big-budget releases of the year, they all have an element of controversy attached to them. With Beginning, the controversy was the decision to release the film only in theaters. There was also a discussion about the sound quality of the film and whether it is really good or not. Similar uncertainty as to the creative quality of the film surrounds Birds of prey, The witches, Birds of Artemis, Wonder Woman 1984, Bill and Ted face the music, Next Borat movieand The new mutants. Also, Disney’s live action production decisions Mulan It has also caused this movie to have its share of controversy.
But for so many movies released in 2020 where audiences can’t really come to a consensus, there are a few that really strike a chord. Movies like Spike Lee Da 5 Bloods, the sound of metal, Ma Rainey’s black background, The Chicago 7 trial, Enola Holmesand Pixar Soul They all had high expectations and they met them. In fact, Pixar Soul It seems to be the only major release that has had very positive responses from the public and critics. This is in stark contrast to other years where it seems like we still have at least a handful of major releases that the public can agree on. 2020 was a different story.
Later in the year, we saw small and medium-sized movies coming out on streaming services that audiences seemed to enjoy. Love and monsters It was originally slated for theatrical release in 2021, but Paramount Pictures released it on VOD in October, where it was well received. Also, movies like The Wolf of Snow Hollow, The Chicago 7 trial, With ice and Holder well done. In November, highlights included strange, Ammonite, Jingle jingle, The Croods: a new era, Black beautyand The Christmas Chronicles 2. Finally, in December we saw a host of notable movie premieres like Mank, The dance, security, The father, Ma Rainey’s black background, Midnight sky, World News, One night in Miami, Wonder Woman 1984and Monster hunter.
But in addition to the movies that we knew were coming, there were a lot of smaller-scale movies that maybe didn’t have high expectations, but still blew us away. These movies have found new audiences through streaming services. Some of them reached distribution thanks to their performances on film festival circuits, which this year did not always happen in person. Movies like Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Nomandland, The forty-year-old version, and Threatening have been winners of major film festivals and could compete for major awards at the Oscars and Golden Globes. Other films such as First cow, Bacurau, Wolfwalkers, Beans, Saint Francoise, and Another round They have made the best movie lists from eminent critics. The Steve McQueen shorts collection, Small ax, also made a very favorable impression among the public and critics.
Looking back at the movies that have been released this year, it’s obvious that perhaps the smallest movies will define the biggest this year. It is true that the selection of big budget films was much smaller than in previous years, but that does not detract from the breadth and depth that small films offer us. Also, it is important to note that these little movies are the ones that people actually saw. I’m sure they got more attention this year than they could have gotten in previous years just because the competition was less. However, this does not detract from their achievements.
With so many interesting and entertaining movies to come out this year, I think it will take a while to determine which ones will be the best remembered. Unlike in previous years, there aren’t really any movies that stand out from the crowd. We each have our favorites, but it seems this year was more difficult than others to reach a group consensus on what was best, or what best represented the year in the film. As terrible as 2020 has been, we can at least look back at the movies released this year and have great memories and inspirations to draw from.