Netflix is like an old friend. Whilst you may have gone off to expand your horizons, getting a bunch of niche services like DAZN (pronounced "Da Zone" according to Philly D), Netflix has been there, adding and removing things. Netflix movies are always hit-and-miss; they're either amazing or downright awful - to see a Netflix movie sitting at 64% on RT is a rarity, but here are my best movies from the service for 2020.
Out of the dozens of Netflix movies to come out this year, I was really looking forward to this for a couple of reasons. The first: I'm obsessed with mysteries. The second: I think Netflix needs desperately its own franchise, and this could be the start of one. It's got Milly Bobby Brown in the titular role of Sherlock Holmes' equally brilliant younger sister. It's by no means an intense watch, but it's well-acted and fast-paced enough to make you wish that an entire cinematic universe is in the works - which, it may well be.
The Old Guard
Charlize Theron in an action flick where she's not making a stupid decision to run in a straight line as a rolling object towers over her? Anything is better than Prometheus, but that's not a very high bar. I generally gravitate away from action movies that are loud and explosive just for the sake of it, but this at least does a lot with its premise of super-soldiers being used for militant purposes. All they need to do is keep Will Smith away from this franchise.
Da 5 Bloods
I detest war films with a burning passion. I don't know why, but I just do. There's my hot take. With that said, I can't help but feel endeared by this film's grittiness and levity. There is a challenge in telling stories over multiple timeframes because the audience has to connect with the people in the past and the people in the present, yet Spike Lee pulls this off to a very, very high degree.
A POC rom-com that isn't about their cultures - we did it! The Lovebirds is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time because it combines romance, comedy and mystery. There's everything you could possibly want out of a good rom-com: likeable leads, chemistry, and laughs. There's really nothing bad about this movie, but it's no...
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
I am just as surprised as you are that this is making the top of any "Best of" lists. This movie was an absolute hoot. I watch the actual Eurovision contest religiously each year and this movie captures the spirit of it: the campiness, the awful songs, the cheesy costumes, and Graham f**king Norton. We watch movies for escapism and to feel things, so when I think of a Netflix movie that made me feel the best and let me forget about the world going on around me, it's this.
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Until then, happy streaming!