This Year’s Cinema: A 2020 View of the New Year’s Movies

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Movie theaters are likely to be packed this year with many films unique and franchise alike.

Story By: Aundriana Del Toro, Reporter

The 2020 movie scene is looking like a lot of remakes, sequels, superheroes and, of course, the “Fast and Furious” franchise will be on the big screen again. 

The new and improved “Sonic the Hedgehog ” movie will also finally be hitting theaters in February.

After receiving a tremendous amount of criticism on social media, the creators decided to push back the release date to improve Sonic’s look. Many fans of the Sonic the Hedgehog game series were extremely disappointed in the hedgehog’s look, causing an uproar in the gaming community. 

Because of his appearance, it was predicted that many people were going to skip the movie altogether. Now that Sonic looks like his original self, the 90’s video game turned movie is ready for the public.

That’s not all for nostalgia either, “Wonder Woman” has another installment coming out alongside Marvel’s standalone “Black Widow” project. It’s looking like 2020 is the year of the female superhero.

Some would consider “Wonder Woman 1984”  a sequel to the 2017 superhero film “Wonder Woman,” but the new entry will take place in a totally different time frame and it’s expected to tell a very different story from the original film. The plot is still a mystery but Cheetah, one of Wonder Woman’s enemies will be making an appearance this June, according to the trailer.

“Birds of Prey” starring Margot Robbie is a spin off of the 2016 movie Suicide Squad. 

Robbie’s character, Harley Quinn is all about girl power. Instead of being the bad guy, Quinn will now take on the good girl image. After splitting from her beloved Joker, she will now fight the villains instead of standing alongside them.

Criticism about the emphasis of the gritty and grimy aesthetic DCEU film’s give off may deter people from showing out to see another movie coming from them. But “Birds of Prey ” may have people giving DCEU another chance. 

After many appearances in Marvel movies, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is finally getting a lead role in her own movie, “Black Widow”.

The 24th Marvel Cinematic Universe film takes place after Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow finds herself alone and has to confront her past. It is expected to hit theaters this May. 

The seemingly never-ending saga of The Fast and Furious franchise continues with “Fast and Furious 9”.

Most information on the movie’s plot is being kept under wraps. Unlike the earlier movies that involve lots of car stealing and street racing, “Fast and Furious 9” may follow the themes of the latest movies from the series which is about saving the world. 

Disney will continue with their live-action remakes with the release of “Mulan”. Unlike the cartoon version, the live-action film will not be a musical. Also missing will be Eddie Murphy’s character Mushu. It seems like Disney is trying to take a more realistic approach by taking out one of the main characters, a talking dragon.

“Mulan” is expected to arrive in March. It is the latest in a few critically-acclaimed movies with large Asian or Asian-American casts. Only time and moviegoers will be able to say if it will continue the legacy.

The 2004 horror movie “The Grudge” will be making a comeback as a remake of the Japanese film “Ju On” in 2020.

The plot focuses on a curse that comes to life when someone dies in the grip of rage and sorrow. 

Continuing with the original plot, “The Grudge” remake will have minor differences to the story line. Following “Ju On”, the plot follows the non-linear events that have many subplots to the movie. 

Top Gun starring Tom Cruise will be returning to a theater near you. “Top Gun: Maverick” brings together an amazing cast featuring, Myles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm. Follow along as Maverick, played by Tom Cruise, makes a return to train new naval fighter pilots.

Heading into 2020, the movie scene is looking promising enough. Lots of money will be spent on movie tickets.