The Best Movies of 2020

19) Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods At different points of the year, for very different reasons, Spike Lee’s latest joint cut deep. Part war movie, part adventure-thriller about four African-American soldiers. Clarke Peters, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, and standout Delroy Lindo – reuniting in present-day Vietnam, Lee’s film spoke to the intersection of American racism and imperialism in the Vietnam War.

Released in the weeks after the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests that were sparked across the world. It was clear that Lee’s voice remains as vital and righteous as it ever has been.

And then, in late summer, Chadwick Boseman suddenly passed away, bringing a whole new layer of heartbreak to the film.

The heavenly imagery of Boseman’s fallen leader Stormin’ Norman gaining a fresh tragic resonance. Switching tones and registers with skill and ease, Da 5 Bloods is Spike Lee through and through. And boasts a stunning monologue from Lindo that ranks among the year’s most unforgettable scenes.

18) Onward

Onward

Released just before the pandemic ramped up, Pixar’s adventure fell prey to cinema closures – but turned out to be the ideal film for lockdown. With its fantastical escapism, gags galore, and themes celebrating the life-affirming bonds of family.

Director Dan Scanlon drew from intensely personal details of his own upbringing and the father he never got to know. Channelling it into the story of elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (a charming Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) as they embark on a magical quest to meet their deceased dad for one day only.

In true Pixar style, it’s incredibly emotional – with a beautiful final reel that delivers what audiences need rather than what they maybe wanted. But it’s also a big, joyous adventure flick, with thrilling setpieces.

D&D references aplenty, a surprising elf-mom action hero, and genius sight gags. Onward brought cathartic laughs and tears in a year when people really needed both.

17) Tenet

Tenet

After the CIA-wetwork-level secrecy, the hype, the endless headlines about its release-date slippages and whether it could save cinema. Christopher Nolan’s palindromic pulse-pounder turned out to be, well, just a film.

But it was a film that kept us all talking throughout the dog days of summer, the actual 150-minute tale just a launchpad for feverish time-travel debates.

Made some at Empire turn into Charlie Day jabbing at an evidence board in It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Not all the dialogue was audible. The third act required DIY flowcharts to track.

And it debatable whether it needed to wrap up with a rap whose lyrics include. But still, this was an all-caps EVENT MOVIE in a year with very few of them. And a staggeringly smart one too, scenes looking like a Bond flick but sounding like a Mensa convention. Tenet practically demands to be watched again at home over Christmas. ดูหนังออนไลน์ HD