This week in Thursday Movie Picks – run by Wandering through the Shelves – we’ve been asked to list three to five films that were released in 2020. As a pandemic often demands, I spent much of 2020 at home so the majority of films I saw last year were released and watched via streaming services.
I’m a sucker for a water-based film (see my Letterboxd list) and Underwater has happily skipped to being among my favourites. It’s a tense thriller that is so much more than a run-of-the-mill ‘creature feature’.
Da 5 Bloods
Raw and powerful, Da 5 Bloods hurtles you straight into the action as Vietnam veterans return to the country to retrieve the body of their fallen leader, combining strong performances, clever camera shots and moments that cause a visceral reaction.
People have waxed lyrical about Soul since its released: I’m in more of the ‘upper average’ rating gang. It’s a lovely film with some very smart, aesthetically pleasing visual and plot elements, but I don’t think it will be one I will rewatch regularly in the future – if at all.
Millie Bobby Brown is the star of the show, ably supported by Helena Bonham Carter, Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin. In fact, as is so often the case with MBB, her star is so bright that she outshines everyone else. Enola Holmes is entertaining though, and has some very witty and funny moments.