Our most anticipated movies for February 2020. Be sure to let us know what you’re looking forward to the most in the comments below.
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (Warner Bros Pictures) – 06/02
DC has been on a solid run with Shazam and Aquaman. Birds of Prey looks very promising, going for a far more fun tone than Suicide Squad, at least from inception unlike that film in which they tried to match the tone of its trailers in the editing suite. I enjoyed Margot Robbie’s Harley for the most part although I am keen to see her in more than just hot pants. The rest of the cast looks very good, particularly Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress.
Ewan McGregor’s Black Mask is also a very intriguing part of the film as we have only seen bits and pieces of him in the lead up. Seeming him potential play someone very unhinged is exciting. Hopefully it is a good ensemble film and not the Harley Quinn Show Featuring the Birds of Prey.
– Ashley Hobley
The Lighthouse (Focus Features) – 06/02
Robert Egger’s follow up to The Witch is finally releasing in Australia this month. The film is a similarly creepy and eerie piece of cinema, judging by the trailers. It has an even smaller cast than The Witch this time as well with only Robert Pattinson and William Dafoe playing off one another as they appear to go slowly insane trapped inside a remote lighthouse.
Both of these actors are fantastic and the trailer was all I needed to see about this film to know I was intrigued. The film is also being photographed by Jarin Blaschke who did beautiful work on The Witch, so I have high hopes for this film as well.
– Dylan Blight
To All The Boys: P.S I Still Love You (Netflix) – 12/02
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a delightful surprise when it was released back in 2018. A teen romance that was seeping with charm and charisma thanks to its leads Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, who I’ve seen play similar role several times in different Netflix films but not as well.
P.S. I Still Love You sees Lara Jean having to deal with the reintroduction of John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) back into her life, another one of the boys that received one of her love letters. Will she stay with Peter or is John the one for her?
One of the best aspects of the original was the cinematography. Cinematographer Michael Fimognari made the film look like it was worth much more than they likely spent on the film. I’m keen to see more now that he is directing this one.
– Ashley Hobley
Sonic The Hedgehog (Paramount Pictures) – 13/02
With the release of the initial trailer, life in the public eye did not start with the nostalgic infatuation that Paramount Pictures were hoping for, it turned out to be quite the opposite. With design choices not linking up with the beloved memories of the Sonic the Hedgehog games, fans were quick to voice their opinions on the character. Luckily in this initial trailer, there was the shining light of Jim Carey as Dr Robotnik to show the potential in the big-budget title.
Within days of the trailer’s release, it was announced that the Sonic designers were going back to the drawing board with plenty of feedback. Months later Sonic burst back onto new feeds with a not only a new look but also a new tone showing a more lovable side of the Sega poster child (Hedgehog?).
With this new trailer, I had some hope for the future of the title, yes after years of poor quality video game movies I am apprehensive for Sonic’s upcoming adventure but as long as it is a fun, family-friendly movie I believe there is potential for the franchise to grow to include some beloved stories. This movie represents a lot of different things for different people, the return of Sonic the Hedgehog, the potential for some of the franchise’s best stories to be brought to life, and for some it’s proof that public opinion matters. What is important about that final point is how important this was to the movie-going audience.
I urge you if you spoke out about the original design, if you complained on social media about Sonic’s creepy teeth, then please go and see the movie so it is not the last time a community’s voice is heard by the movie industry.
– Ciaran Marchant
The Invisible Man (Universal Pictures) – 27/02
Back around 2015/2016 when The Mummy starring Tom Crusie released and the talk of the town was The Dark Universe, we thought we were going to get an Invisible Man film starring Johnny Depp. However, The Mummy bombed and The Dark Universe disbanded. Which is great because we now have a Leigh Whannell directed version of the classic H.G Wells story starring Elisabeth Moss.
What’s most interesting about this adaption is the direction it’s taking the Adrian Griffin aka The Invisible Man. Here he’s the ultimate controlling and haunting boyfriend. As the trailer shows us, he appears to fake his own suicide so he can haunt his girlfriend Cecilia, played by Moss, with the help of his recent discovery, the ability to turn invisible.
This version of The Invisible Man has modernised the plot and characters in really fascinating ways and the trailer was haunting. If all things go right, it’ll be the first big hit for Blumhouse this year.
– Dylan Blight
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