Least Anticipated Films Of 2020

Thursday 30 January 2020

I already did a blog post about the movies I'm most excited for this year and my wife had the good idea to talk about the films on the other side of the fence. Those that I have no interest in. Those I probably won't even give a second thought. So which films made the list? Read on and find out.

Birds of Prey: February 7

IMDB Premise: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.

Let me just say this. I do like the Birds of Prey. I have some of the comics and have always enjoyed them more than even tales of the Justice League. But this film looks like it misses the mark so much that the chances of this being any good is slimmer than a drunk with vertigo would have a better chance of winning Ninja Warrior.

There's too much focus on Harley Quinn and it's all just misplaced fan service.  I like Margot Robbie. I think she does a great job of the character and really is the best person to play Joker's former partner. But the story for this movie comes across as too tryhard. I do want to see a Birds of Prey movie. Just not this one.

Early reviews are positive, but I don't trust critics, let alone when it comes to comic book movies.

Fantasy Island: February 14

IMDB Premise: The enigmatic Mr. Roarke, makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island's mystery in order to escape with their lives.

I wish I was in the pitch meeting for this film so I could slap whoever pitched it in the face. What sort of idiot had this idea? “I know! Let's make a movie based on the campy 70's TV show but instead, make it a horror!” The fact that this clown basket didn't lose their job for even thinking of such a dumb idea, is ridiculous.

Each year there are one ore two stupid horrors that not only somehow get greenlit, but they also get a sizable release and it makes me scratch my  head.  This film looks like a mess and even though I like a few of the actors, I will still skip this.

Invisible Man: February 28

IMDB Premise:When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

I think we can all agree that Universal's Dark Universe was a bad idea, right? I mean, it could have been cool, but it never really had a chance. The Mummy was one of those movies that are bad, but entertaining. I saw it in theaters, I admit it, but it was also a Tom Cruise action flick, so why not give it a shot? This movie doesn't have the same appeal. I like Elizabeth Moss. I've liked her since West Wing. But this film just looks uninspired and half-assed.

I don't mind remakes or re-imaginings but something different or interesting has to be presenting to show why the movie was needed. This feels like a forgettable thriller that was "inspired by" The Invisible Man and would go straight to the discount dvd bin at Walmart.

Bloodshot: March 13

IMDB Premise: Ray Garrison, an elite soldier who was killed in battle, is brought back to life by an advanced technology that gives him the ability of super human strength and fast healing. With his new abilities, he goes after the man who killed his wife, or at least, who he believes killed his wife. He soon comes to learn that not everything he learns can be trusted. The true question his: Can he even trust himself?

Normally I like dumb action films. Especially ones with a sci-fi twist to it. But I watched the trailer for this and I just can't get behind it. I just couldn't bring myself to care. Vin Diesel is usually a pretty reliable action star. His movies may not be great, but they're fun. But this film looks like it misses the fun entirely and is just going to be bad with no flashy entertainment value to make it work anyone's time.

The New Mutants: April 3 (Ignore the poster's release date)

IMDB Premise: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Come on. You knew this had to be on the list, right? This is the movie that was pushed back so much it might as well have been a scarecrow in a sumo match. It's also the final comic book movie from 20th Century Fox and they were woefully unreliable when it came to those films. Some of them were truly great while others were so bad I fell asleep in the theater. From the look of the trailer this film is going to be more of the latter and less of the former.

Trolls World Tour April 17

IMDB Premise: Poppy and Branch discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder. A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb, aided by her father King Thrash, wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends, set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who's looking to upstage them all.

Every year or so there's an animated movie that comes out that, instead of selling itself as a good film, focuses on the music in it. Trolls did this, The most recent movie to do this was Ugly Dolls and if you saw that trailer, you'll know what I'm talking about. A bit about the story and then they showboat their soundtrack. Trolls didn't interest me at all. There are better quality animated movies out there to spend my time watching. If you have kids, they might like this and that's perfectly fine. But there are too many movies out there for me to waste any time on some waste of time film.

Scoob: May 15

IMDB Premise: Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

I love Scooby-Doo. I really doo. But this film looks like utter horse shit. Who even asked for some sappy origin story that feels more cringy than cute? If it was you, I hate you. This looks stupid and I even enjoyed The New Scooby Doo Mysteries. That was the one that had Scrappy in EVERY EPISODE! And still I give zero shits about this.

Morbius: July 31

IMDB Premise: Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

To be perfectly honest, I just don't give a shit about Morbius. The end.

Tom and Jerry: December 25

IMDB Premise: Jerry, a small mouse, lives within the walls of a large, New England country home where he's befriended the longtime owners, a loving elderly couple. Their unique, comedic friendship comes to an end after the elderly couple passes on and their house is put up for sale. When a young family moves in, Jerry's determined to scare them away from taking over his home. The family quickly adopts a stray cat, later named Tom, to help rid them of their pest problem. In an epic battle for the house, Tom & Jerry soon discover their growing adoration for the family and must work together to protect them from an outside threat. Through their teamwork, they both learn the ultimate value of family and friendship.

Let the past be. Let these old cartoons live in the hearts of those of us who enjoyed them when we were kids. There hasn't even been a trailer or teaser released for this film yet. The only reason this is on the list is because IMDB said it was coming out this year, of course they still claim there's an untitled DC film coming out in April, so we know that IMDB isn't always right.

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