Upcoming Movie Releases in 1Q 2020

Upcoming Major Movie Releases in 1Q 2020

UNDERWATER

Release Date: January 10, 2020

Genre: Science fiction, thriller 

Director: William Eubank

Kristen Stewart rocks a bold buzz-cut in this upcoming film by 20th Century Fox set upon the deep sea, where a group of underwater researchers are trapped within a subterranean laboratory when an earthquake strikes. Whether it’s the earthquake or the crew’s deed in drilling the ocean floor which/that has unleashed an unknown underwater creature is still anybody’s guess, but expect a lot of scares and sci-fi, Armageddon like journey as the crew gasp every last breath of survival. 


1917

Release Date: January 10, 2020

Genre: Drama, war

Director: Sam Mendes

A First World War drama that reminds me a lot about Frodo and Sam’s journey in Lord of The Rings, junior British soldiers Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) have to deliver a message to the 2nd battalion to call-off an attack, or else they will walk into a trap and 1600 lives will perish. Trailer showcased a lot of muddy and dusty backdrops, and seems to promise plenty of gruesome action.


BAD BOYS FOR LIFE

Release Date: January 17, 2020

Genre: Action, crime, comedy

Director: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah

The final chapter of the Bad Boys trilogy, Bad Boys For Life follows cops cum buddies Mike (Will Smith) and Marcus (Martin Lawrence), whose retirements are now up in ashes when a mysterious mob tries to kill the former. Though not directed by Michael Bay like the first and second film, plenty of thinly veiled bombastic action seeps through the trailer, with scenes that carry a lot of explosions.


DOLITTLE

Release Date: January 17, 2020

Genre: Fantasy, adventure, comedy

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Pretty sure that everybody is just as curious about Robert Downey Jr’s first outing as a whole new character after sealing his astronomical status as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame. Even then, Dr Dolittle is not an entirely new character, having being created by writer Hugh Lofting in 1920, and has since spawned a chain of adaptations, including an Eddie Murphy-starred 1998 film. Disney is expected to stretch its muscles again in making photo-realistic CGI animals like what they did to the “live-action” The Lion King (2019), albeit with better facial expressions this round. 


THE GENTLEMEN

Release Date: January 24, 2020

Genre: Action, crime, comedy

Director: Guy Ritchie

Matthew McConaughey plays Mickey Pearson, the apex predator of weed business in London. When rumor leaks that he’s calling it a day and cashing out his empire for good, it appears that a group of people is more than willing to steal from this drug lord. The Gentlemen features an ensemble cast, including Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam and Henry Golding, and packs an ultra-hilarious take on guns and mobs.


BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)

Release Date: February 7, 2020

Genre: Superhero, action, adventure

Director: Cathy Yan

Ever since Suicide Squad’s release in 2016, countless of people have fallen in love with Harley Quinn, the bat-swinging, ass-kicking girlfriend of Joker’s. Margot Robbie reprises her role as the colorfully-dressed, iconic DC villain, along with newcomers Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Rosie Perez and Ella Jay Basco as they form a female superhero team dubbed Birds of Prey. And did I mention that Ewan McGregor plays the villain, too? Guess I didn’t, my hands got too sore from typing the title alone. 


SONIC THE HEDGEHOG

Release Date: 14 February, 2020

Genre: Adventure, comedy

Director: Jeff Fowler

Finally, the iconic video game character by Sega gets a live-action film, though with a hefty cost of design overhaul for Sonic himself after countless children and adults got terrorized by the first ghastly design. With that said, Sonic still has a trump card in its hands, in the form of Jim Carrey, who plays Dr Robotnik, Sonic’s nemesis. Carrey’s character will undoubtedly play a colossal role and determine whether the film is a yay or nay from the audience. 


THE KING’S MAN

Release Date: February 14, 2020 (Update: Rescheduled to September 18, 2020)

Genre: Action, spy, comedy

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Sure, everybody freaked out when Taron Egerton announced that he’s out in the next Kingsman film. Turns out, The King’s Man is a prequel, and will delve into the origins of the spy organization. The film stars Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickinson, perhaps an apparent effort to repeat the dynamic relationship between Colin Firth and Taron Egerton’s characters in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). Expect a line-up of nice (and expensive) oxford shoes and a heartwarming drama between a protege and his master.


ONWARD

Release Date: March 6, 2020

Genre: Animation, adventure, fantasy, comedy

Director: Dan Scanlon

If you’re on the search of an animated film to fill your appetite during the first quarter of 2020, then Onward might just be your (only) candidate. Set upon a modern city where elves and other mythical creatures are living in harmony, elf brothers Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) venture out to seek for magic to bring back their deceased father, but brought back only the lower half of his body instead. It was reported that the story itself was inspired by director Dan Scanlon’s real life experience, so do expect a handful of emotional moments built-in, apart from the exceptionally original plot. If Tom Holland’s “Mr Stark, I don’t feel so good” moment didn’t get you in tears, this film probably will. 


BLOODSHOT

Release Date: March 13, 2020

Genre: Superhero, science fiction

Director: David Wilson

With flicks from the original Fast franchise getting released a tad slower than usual (spin-offs excluded), Vin Diesel is getting his hands pretty full. Of nothing. Bloodshot is the kind of film like Riddick and XXX, that gets your Diesel thirst quenched until the next round Dominic Toretto blasts into action. Unlike Riddick, Bloodshot is set upon earth, and Diesel’s character packs an extensive amount of nano-tech in his veins. Being Diesel’s first true project as a superhero character (aside from voicing for Marvel’s Groot, of course), Bloodshot seems to pack an awesome lot of conspiracies, CGI and action, but there’s just one small problem: aside from newly gained superpowers, his appearance in Bloodshot is indistinguishable from Dominic Toretto and Xander Cage.


A QUIET PLACE PART II

Release Date: March 20, 2020

Genre: Horror, science fiction

Director: John Krasinski

A sequel to A Quiet Place (2018), the Abbott family ventures into the outside world, still under the threat of alien creatures that hunt with their sense of hearing. A full trailer has yet to be released at the time of writing, hence a lot of aspects of this sequel remain unknown, aside from Emily Blunt, Milicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprising their roles from the 2018 film. But one thing is for sure: it will keep even the most annoying cinema audiences quiet


MULAN

Release Date: March 27, 2020

Genre: Drama, action, adventure

Director: Niki Caro

It’s inevitable. With Disney’s classic animated films getting a live-action counterpart one by one, it is only a matter of time before Mulan gets the same treatment. Liu Yifei plays the titular character, and is joined by a handful of A-list Chinese actors and actresses, which includes Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Gong Li and Jason Scott Lee. Even with the release of a full trailer recently, Mulan, as a live-action character, still remains elusive by nature, as there is not much lines uttered by her. The film seems to play by the rules of “less talk, more beauty” as the observed color palette and landscapes are nothing short of stunning.