We could even say that 2020 has kept for the end the best films it has to offer. For example, you have David Fincher’s first feature film in six years with Mank, Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich battling a different kind of evil in the video game movie adaptation Monster Hunter, or Paul Greengrass‘ take on the old west in News of the World, which also stars Tom Hanks.
It’s a line-up almost exciting enough to forget how Daniel Craig’s last performance as James Bond in No Time to Die was pushed back until April 2021, the unlikely tale of Ryan Reynolds‘ video game hero Free Guy. has no release date yet, or other pressing uncertainties about the film industry.
Like other audiences devastated by how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected movie release dates, you may not have been able to see all (or even none) of the movies you most expected in 2020.
On the bright side, you still get to see the triumphant return of your favorite DC heroine in Wonder Woman 1984 and Pixar’s final celebration of the afterlife in Soul by the end of the year, and each with the possibility of going to the cinema or broadcasting from home. Of course, these aren’t the only films to wait until 2021.
Nomadland – December 4 (theater):
In the midst of the financial collapse of 2008, a subculture emerged consisting of older Americans who took away the belongings they had left behind and began to travel the country in search of employment, visiting at home at many campgrounds and rest areas along the way.
Journalist Jessica Bruder embraced this lifestyle as research for what would become her award-winning book Nomadland: Surviving America in Twenty-First Century in 2017.
The book would inspire this beautiful film which features real members of the “nomadic” culture, but which is told through the eyes of Fern, victim of the recession described by Frances McDormand. Nomadland is written for the screen and directed by acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Chloe Zhao, who will be making her big-budget Hollywood debut with Marvel Studios’ Eternals next November.
Mank – December 4 (Netflix and theatrical):
Despite his debut with a big-budget Hollywood production (the hapless Alien 3), it was comparatively smaller projects like Se7en that made David Fincher a living legend. The Oscar-nominated director’s debut since Gone Girl in 2014 is in itself a tribute to one of cinema’s greatest unsung legends.
The abbreviation Mank, which is released simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix, chronicles the creation of Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece, Citizen Kane, from the perspective of his troubled Oscar-winning co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, played by Gary Oldman.
As well as being Fincher’s first feature film project for Netflix after producing series like House of Cards and Mindhunter for the digital platform, it’s also a passion project he’s been working on since the 90s, when her late father Jack Fincher wrote the screenplay.
Sound Of Metal – December 4 (Amazon Prime Video and Theatrical):
This drama from director Darius Marder, who you can tell had a passion to make his first feature film a once-in-a-lifetime experience, also hit theaters and digitally this month exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Emmy winner Riz Ahmed plays Ruben, a rock drummer who is beginning to suffer from hearing loss, in Sound of Metal, which is inspired by Derek Cianfrance’s own struggles with tinnitus.
While the film already has an intriguing concept that will no doubt appeal to a specific audience, it is particularly fascinating for its experimental use of sound, which is designed to change as Ruben’s hearing wanes.
It’s almost like Memento’s reverse storytelling lets you perceive events like Guy Pearce’s character does with short-term memory loss.
Let Them All Talk – December 10 (HBO Max):
Audiences typically associate Steven Soderbergh with fun comedies like Ocean’s Eleven, or intimate historical dramas like his two-part biopic Che Guevara, or even slightly weirder things like Schizopolis or his fictional take on the life of it. ‘1991 writer Franz Kafka. Well, the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s latest effort, which debuts exclusively on HBO Max, is actually a far cry from it all.
Steven Soderbergh reunites with his The Landromat star Meryl Streep for Let Them All Talk, in which the three-time Oscar-winning actress plays a writer who is considering a luxury cruise to escape his grim reality, if not for his friends from longtime and its young. nephew ruins the illusion. Actress Deborah Eisenberg’s screenwriting debut also stars screen veterans Candice Bergen and Dianne West, emerging frontman Lucas Hedges and Gemma Chan – the British star of Crazy Rich Asians and the MCU’s upcoming Eternals movie.
The Prom – December 11 (Netflix):
Meryl Streep is also fronting the all-star cast of this old-fashioned musical feature, which debuts this month on Netflix. The Prom is the story of a theater troupe that comes to the aid of a teenage Indiana girl (Jo Ellen Pellman) whose conservative high school cancels the big dance after she pleads to attend it openly with her girlfriend (Ariana DeBose ).
The film, based on a Tony Award-nominated stage production and inspired by real events, also stars Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Keegan-Michael Key and Kerry Washington, to name a few. It’s also directed by Ryan Murphy, who knows a thing or two about musicals with big laughs and an even bigger heart as the creator of Glee.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – December 18 (Netflix):
Music is also the lifeblood that fuels this period drama, also adapted from a factual play by August Wilson – the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences. The original Netflix film (which was previously released in select theaters in November) is set in Chicago in 1927 during a particularly tense recording session for “Mother of Blues” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (Viola Davis) and her ambitious group of musicians.
From producer Denzel Washington, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom could become one of the most important releases of the year for her exploration of the healing power of music. However, it will likely be remembered as the last film by Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther star who died in 2020 at the age of 43 after a long private battle with cancer.
Wonder Woman 1984 – December 25 (HBO Max And Theatrical):
Speaking of comic book movie stars, Gal Gadot reprizes his wonderful and career defining role in this highly anticipated superhero flick. Set nearly 70 years after the events of Wonder Woman in 2017, the sequel pits Diana against a ruthless business mogul (Pedro Pascal) and a woman with the characteristics of a jungle cat (Kristen Wiig) in the middle of the Mysterious reappearance of her colleague and deceased lover Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
Returning to the presidency of Wonder Woman 1984, Patty Jenkins co-wrote the screenplay with comic book writers Geoff Johns and Shang-Chi and legend of the ten rings scribe David Callaham. The DC Extended Universe installment underwent many schedule changes (mostly due to Covid-19) until Warner Bros. Recently, he chose to release it simultaneously in theaters and digitally on HBO Max on Christmas Day.
Soul – December 25 (Disney +):
Instead of offering the additional theatrical release, Disney has decided to make its latest Pixar feature a Disney + exclusive on December 25. The prestigious animation studio is known for using mortality as a recurring theme in its films and Soul is no exception.
In collaboration with Kemp Powers, Up and Inside Out director Pete Doctor directs this spiritual tale starring Jamie Foxx as the voice of a musician who loses his passion for art and, one day, his life. What follows is a journey to get them both back, with the help of an unborn child soul (Tina Fey).