The year of 2019 was as impactful as ever to cinema. Netflix continued to make huge strides in the industry after releasing its highly anticipated farewell to the era of Martin Scorsese gangster pictures with The Irishman. Quentin Tarantino released his ninth film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which added a bittersweet tone to the end of the decade due to Tarantino’s public announcement of his planned retirement once he completes his tenth and supposedly final film. The Avengers: Endgame stormed box offices in its usual fashion. Jordan Peele, director of the smash horror film Get Out, made his legacy only stronger this year with the release of Us, a horror in which the antagonists are trying to defend themselves against primitive copy versions of themselves. Adam Sandler shone in the most authentic role of his career, starring in the break-out classic of the year Uncut Gems, a hilarious yet terrifying thrill ride through New York City’s diamond district.
Needless to say, it was a colourful year for movies. It felt fun, a year meant for popcorn, chocolate, and cherry cola in front of the big screen. With that being said, we can’t wait to see what’s going to hit cinemas next, setting the tone for a new decade of movie magic. Here are two films that we are most excited for in the coming months, both coming to a theatre near you.
The director of The Gentleman, Guy Ritchie, is back once again with another stylish crime caper. Released on January 24th, the film centres around a character by the name of Mickey Pearson, who makes his fortune as an American running an illicit and very lucrative marijuana business in London. Pearson, played by the always satisfying Mathew McConaughey, reaches the end of the trail in his criminal career and plans on cashing out of his business, thus causing the entire London underworld to con, shoot, and muscle their way into it.
The shady characters accompanying McConaughey include Charlie Hunnam, whose character Raymond is the implied right-hand man or mentor working under Pearson. Hunnam, mostly known for his notorious role in the television series Sons of Anarchy, has taken an honourable turn into cinema as of late. He displayed his talent for emotionally driven, Academy-worthy acting at TIFF 2019 with the premiere of Jungleland, the heart wrenching story of a boxer trying to fight his way to the top. Now with a Guy Ritchie gangster film under his belt, one can only imagine the variety of roles he will play in the near future.
Another notable mention in the cast is Henry Golding. Golding, who rose to stardom after starring in the smash hit Crazy Rich Asians, plays an up and coming gangster named “Dry Eye” who appears to be a rival of McConaughey’s. Hugh Grant plays his first major role in cinema since Guy Ritchie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E, a clever and stylish spy film that was released in 2015. In The Gentlemen, Grant plays a screenwriter moonlighting as a private detective whose interest lies in the empire which McConaughey leaves behind. Colin Farrell returns as a snarky Londoner who keeps his hand in all cookie jars, rekindling the collaboration he made with Ritchie in the 2009 gangster picture Rock n’ Rolla. When watching the trailer for The Gentlemen, one can only draw parallels between the visual aesthetic and comedic elements that both films share. The Gentlemen feels like a beefed-up Rock n’ Rolla, only this time with a more international and captivating cast—and frankly, since Ritchie revolutionized crime cinema, it is only natural to be excited for his latest outing in London.
Release date: January 24th, 2020
A Quiet Place: Part II
A Quiet Place, released in 2018, was the directorial debut of John Krasinski and introduced him to the world of cinema. The film starred Emily Blunt as Evelyn Abbott, a mother who, along with her husband Lee (played by Krasinski himself) tries to defend their children against monsters that possess ultra-sensitive hearing.
The family’s use of sign language to communicate with each other proved to be a brilliant cinematic device for the horror genre due to the natural amount of pure silence one gets when its characters cannot communicate verbally. A Quiet Place: Part II picks up where the last film left off, with the family now forced to inhabit the world outside of their home where new threats—ones that do not solely rely on sound to catch their prey—are lurking. The direction by Krasinski in the first film was masterful, blending classic tricks from the genre with utter realism, seen through the eyes of the ever-talented Emily Blunt and the rest of the cast. She is convincing as the mother bear bent on keeping her cubs safe, and is absolutely, for lack of a better term, badass. The brilliant Cillian Murphy has a supporting role.
It feels that with John Krasinski’s fresh eyes behind the lens and the talented cast bringing this story to life, A Quiet Place: Part II will be an honourable addition to the horror genre that resonates long after its release.
Release date: March 18th, 2020