Top 10 Best Movies of 2020
Top 10 Best Movies of 2020
While it was certainly a strange year for movies, it was not without a few gems! Welcome to Prince Rachel Reviews, and today we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 Best Movies of 2020! Now obviously this wasn’t your normal year for movies, and this won’t exactly be your normal Best list. So instead of just looking at the movies that have the highest rating on whatever, we are looking at the films we thought were the all-around best and most entertaining films released in 2020. Now of course we didn’t see EVERY movie this year, and there’s apparently a few to go that might have to be on out 2021 list! But hey if you have a film you thought should be on this list, let us know below! Now let’s kick this list off with a few Honorable Mentions!
Honorable Mention – Color Out of Space
This Lovecraft adaptation was one bad Nicolas Cage performance away from being a sci-fi horror classic!
Honorable Mention – Kajillionaire
A wonderfully dry and awkward character piece with a surprising emotional center!
Honorable Mention – Yellow Rose
Easily one of the most heartfelt independent films of 2020.
Honorable Mention – Emma.
A whimsical and altogether hilarious story that ends up telling the story with more emotion than the prior adaptations.
Honorable Mention – Palm Springs
A breath of fresh air for rom-coms as a little infinite time looping goes a long way!
#10 – Tenet
Christopher Nolan’s latest mind-bending sci-fi action spectacle might not have been the BEST film of the year, but it certainly was the most ambitious! While the film is not without its flaws, including but not limited to probably the worst sound mixing of the year, the overall narrative is a thrill to follow! The strong performances and practical effects seem almost secondary to the trippy action sequences, confusing but fascinating story structure, and some of the coolest stunts of the year! All in all, it’s a wild ride!
#9 – Wolfwalkers
While Soul was a close contender for this list, we actually preferred this Irish animated film on Apple TV+ instead! The 2D animation is STUNNING, and the film manages to present a story and themes that are accessible and meaningful to children AND adults. (Which is why this film edged out Soul for this spot.) On top of that you have a charming story full of emotion, peril, and adventure!
#8 – Sound of Metal
Sound of Metal might have the single BEST performance in 2020 for a leading actor. Riz Ahmed’s take on a metal drummer losing his hearing is totally flawless, carrying the already strong story to its fullest. Sound of Metal is also a very well made film, complete with compelling pacing, a near perfect use of sound, and perhaps the best last few moments that any film released in 2020 had to offer! It may not be one you’d watch over and over, but if you haven’t watched Sound of Metal on Prime, you are missing out on one of the most captivating films of the year!
#7 – Extraction
Released on Netflix at just the right time when we had nothing else to watch, Extraction is a typical story with a predictable character arc and a cliché baddie. And yet, it’s easily one of the most thrilling films of the year! Extraction is the result of letting the stunt team take almost total control of the film, and gosh if that isn’t used to its fullest potential! Even if you don’t care about the film, the twelve-minute long take might be one of the most impressive action sequences in recent memory, and that is thanks to director Sam Hargrave, who at one point is strapped to the front of a car running camera during the chase segment of said sequence.
#6 – Greyhound
Greyhound was a pleasant surprise from Apple TV+, and between this and Wolfwalkers, it might be worth at least a free trial! Greyhound is a more unique World War II film than you’d expect, following an inexperienced Navy commander during one voyage across the Atlantic. The film is almost exclusively a rapid-fire action sequence, quickly capturing the audience with fast Navy lingo and overwhelming odds to create ninety-one minutes of tension and little else. Toss in a strong and subtle performance from Tom Hanks and you have a surprisingly great film for such a narrow story.
#5 – The Gentlemen
Guy Ritchie’s crime comedy The Gentlemen was a return to form for the British director. From beginning to end, The Gentlemen was a fun ride with some of the best performances the year had to offer! The carefully woven narrative by a consistently self-aware and constantly exaggerating Hugh Grant makes the film hilariously unpredictable, with just the right amount of action, drama, and comedy! While The Gentlemen is no Snatch., it is easily one of the most engaging films of 2020, and probably one of the funniest!
#4 – Bill & Ted face the Music
Every once in a while I (Ryan, because Rachel didn’t care for this one.) just fall for a film that most people didn’t like. This year, that was Bill & Ted Face the Music. The third installment of the Bill & Ted series, this entry saw the welcome return of William “Bill” S. Preston Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan as they- still haven’t brought the world together through music. Not only was this one of the funniest and most entertaining films of the year, with plenty of that credit going to Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, and Brigette Lundy-Paine, but it managed to tell a strong story with a fantastic finale that focuses on some surprisingly potent themes! Plus it’s always nice to see Death back in the band!
#3 – Promising Young Woman
Promising Young Woman was a HUGE surprise! While the thriller looked decent enough, Emerald Fennell’s writing and direction for the film was utter brilliance! The film crafts a careful story with important themes that never feel pushy or unnatural for the story. Carey Mulligan’s incredible performance is at least worthy of an Oscar nomination here, not to mention the screenplay, which manages to balance the strong themes, curious tone, and surprisingly potent character arc. It’s fun, tense, and altogether one of the most satisfying viewing experiences of the year.
#2 – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Speaking of Oscars, Netflix strikes again with Aaron Sorkin’s dramatic historical-thriller The Trial of the Chicago 7. While Netlix’s other Oscar contender Da 5 BLoods also almost made this list, Sorkin Oscar worthy screenplay and strong direction just edges out Spike Lee’s more on the nose entry. The entire ensemble cast does a fantastic job, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance, and Frank Langella delivering performances worthy of Oscar nominations. But what makes this film truly compelling is the story. Told with rapid-fire pacing and a heavy blend of levity, Trial of the Chicago 7 is set in 1968, but feels shockingly relevant now. The social commentary and realization that these events actually happened are striking, making this film a must see!
#1 – The Invisible Man
Based on the novel by H.G. Wells and the 1933 film of the same name, Universal teamed up with Blumhouse to bring us this horror adaptation of The Invisible Man. And it’s amazing! The small scale story leaves room for the film to focus on themes dealing with abuse, and if that sounds too preachy- don’t worry. It’s been a good year for horror, and while a few indie films might have been scarier, Invisible Man is still pretty terrifying! The unmotivated camera movements leave us constantly on the edge of out seats, and the thrilling pacing and effective scares come together to deliver perhaps the most surprising film of 2020! And that’s without even mentioning Elisabeth Moss, who delivers an arguably career best performance! While this doesn’t need a sequel, I cannot wait for more from Universal and Blumhouse!
So what were your favorite movies of 2020? And what did you think of our list? Any that we missed or that don’t deserve to be up here? Be sure to leave a like or a comment below and let us know! And if you liked this review and you want to read more like it, we have a few including out T0p 10 Worst Movies of 2020 that you should go check out! Thanks for reading!