Best and Worst Films of 2020, According to Ryan: Part One

2020 was a truly bizarre year for film. Due to COVID-19, theaters were largely shuttered and many films got delayed releases. With there being a much smaller pool of films to review, I decided to go with a different format and make a single list of the best to worst movies. So, for your enjoyment, here are the movies from 2020 worth talking about — the good, the bad, and the ugly:

1. The Invisible Man

Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions

An absolutely tantalizing remake of the 1933 classic, The Invisible Man is fresh and scary as hell. Elisabeth Moss’ powerhouse performance shows her wide range as an actress, going from a woman in true agony after years of domestic abuse to a warrior striking back at her disturbed husband. Perfectly done and the best 2020 had to offer by far. 5/5 stars.

2. Freaky

Blumhouse Productions

A twist on Freaky Friday, this Christopher Landon film was so much fun — a nonstop thrill ride. It feels very similar to the Happy Death Day series, which was also directed by Landon. The blend of horror and comedy, coupled with Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton’s performances, make this a clever and very well-done production that hits all the marks. 5/5 stars.

3. Palm Springs

Courtesy of Hulu

Armed with a fascinating concept and root-able characters, Palm Springs is one of the few comedy bright lights in a rather grim year — a delightful take on Groundhog Day. Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti gave incredible performances and the movie is so short you’ll never get bored. 5/5 stars.

4. Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

© 2019 - Warner Bros. Pictures
© 2019 – Warner Bros. Pictures

A camp-filled delight, Birds of Prey is a good time and a half. This irreverent, high octane spin-off of Suicide Squad is extremely compelling and Margo Robbie was a perfect Harley Quinn. 4/5 stars.

5. Spree

Forest Hill Entertainment

There is nothing terribly groundbreaking about this film, but I loved the combination of violence and humor. Joe Keery’s performance as the lovable, misunderstood psychopath was the best thing about Spree. 4/5 stars.

6. Ravers

Head Gear Films

Ravers is a true joy to watch unfold. Utterly hilarious and laced with lots of gore, the character growth of the lead character Becky is also worth noting. Played by Georgia Hirst, Becky is an aspiring journalist who suffers from OCD and is thrust into an environment that is truly not conducive to someone with that condition. As someone who suffers from a mild form of OCD, I appreciate the filmmakers take and the realistic way in which they portrayed the struggle with OCD and anxiety. 4/5 stars.

7. Sonic the Hedgehog

Paramount Pictures

This definitely wins the contest for funnest film of 2020. While based on a video game, Sonic the Hedgehog can be enjoyed by video game lovers and non-video game lovers alike. Jim Carrey (who played Dr. Robotnik) is utterly delightful and his over-the-top energy completely stole each scene he appeared in. I also loved the relationship between Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and Sheriff Wachowski (James Marsden). 4/5 stars.

8. Tenet

Syncopy, Warner Bros. Pictures

Tenet is uneven and rather mechanical at times, but — warts and all — is nothing short of magnificent. Christopher Nolan is a true genius. 3/5 stars.

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