Thanks to the pandemic, it gave us plenty of time to binge-watch over almost every OTT platform. It is obvious that 2020 has been the worst year for many industries and the film industry suffered a lot. So as the year has almost come to an end, here is a list of Top Hollywood Movies of 2020.
1. The Trial of the Chicago 7
Aaron Sorkin’s second directorial was about the trial of the titular Chicago Seven, a group of men who protested against US involvement in the Vietnam War. The film was an engrossing and important courtroom drama, with sharp dialogue, performances, and a story that has relevance in 2020 (and beyond).
David Fincher’s Mank was a sedately paced, well-written biographical film about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, with Gary Oldman starring in the lead role. This film was radically different from what Fincher has done before (which is mostly cerebral thrillers), and he has managed to faithfully represent Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s. The monochrome color scheme was not a gimmick either.
Despite all the controversy and dismal box office performance, Tenet was a rock-solid sci-fi actioner. What it lacks in character depth, it makes up in thrilling action and story. Christopher Nolan’s movie does deserve to be watched on the big screen.
4. The Invisible Man
This Leigh Whannell directorial was an inventive, scary, and entertaining modern adaptation of late English author HG Wells’ eponymous book. Elisabeth Moss plays the role of a woman who believes she is stalked by her dead abusive boyfriend, who she thinks has acquired the ability to be invisible.
5. Bad Education
This HBO comedy-drama went behind the real-life embezzlement scandal at a Long Island school district. Based on a New York magazine article titled The Bad Superintendent, the Bad Education detailed the crimes of a celebrated school superintendent Dr. Frank A Tassone (Hugh Jackman), and his assistant superintendent Pamela Gluckin (Allison Janney). Both the lead actors were darkly funny and the film, with its sharp script and pacy narrative, was both entertaining and insightful.
Shirley was an adaptation of an eponymous novel by Susan Scarf Merrell about a young couple who move to the house of Jackson and her literary critic husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman. Elisabeth Moss, playing the titular role of late novelist Shirley Jackson, gave a storming performance in this film.
7. Borat Subsequent Movie film
A sequel to 2006’s Borat, this film brought back Sacha Baron Cohen in the lead role. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was an audacious, brilliant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny sequel that was even better than the original.
8. Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey was a sequel to 2016’s Suicide Squad and brought back Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Though Harley is not a member of the Birds of Prey, traditionally speaking, thanks to Robbie’s winning performance and the popularity of the character, she headlined this movie. Birds of Prey was a vibrant delight, though its box office performance was underwhelming. So this Hollywood number should definitely be on your watch-list.
9. The Vast of Night
The indie sci-fi thriller, distributed by Amazon, harks back to the classic stories of UFOs and alien sightings, and the steady diet of shows and movies made on them which many of us grew up on. The characters are fresh, well-written and the two lead actors add a lot to the film through convincing performances.
This Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starrer was a harrowing, unnerving dramatization of a plane hijack as Tobias (Gordon-Levitt) watches the terrorists trying to break the door. Realizing that there is no way to damage the door, they take passengers hostage and warn Tobias that they will kill them if he doesn’t open the door.