The following are movie trailers and my early thoughts for all films tentatively scheduled coming to theaters in February 2020.
If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post will be updated throughout the year).
February 2020 Movies
Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn)
I didn’t know anything about Harley Quinn until seeing the trailer for this movie in the theater. Didn’t know she was Joker’s girlfriend. Didn’t even know she was a comic book villain. Since that time a couple months ago, I subscribed to DC Universe, started following — and liking very much — her animated TV show and am reviewing all season one episodes as they’re released every Friday. I’m also starting to read her comic books.
Also learned that there was a single season (13 episodes) Birds of Prey TV series — and Harley Quinn was in it — that’s also available on DC Universe. Plan to watch at least some of that, too. Maybe the entire series if it’s really good. This movie, bearing the title, could be more about that group than just Harley Quinn, as it shares the title. I would have been just fine with a Harley Quinn movie by itself, but OK.
Anyway, my anticipation for this movie has increased exponentially. I haven’t seen the movie Suicide Squad, which is the first feature film to include Harley Quinn, but the reviews I’ve come across were unfavorable. Am sure I’ll see that at some point, but probably not before this opens wide in theaters Feb 7, 2020.
Anticipation for Birds of Prey : 9/10
Peter Rabbit 2
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 7, 2020 to April 3, 2020
Haven’t seen the first Peter Rabbit film, but this seems like it’s in that middleworld between children-friendly and adults. Trailer isn’t making me super excited for the movie. Was surprised to see it grossed over $350 million, which explains the presence of this sequel less than two years later.
Anticipation for Peter Rabbit 2 is: 2/10
After seeing what Blumhouse did with Black Christmas⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’m less excited about what they will do here. Also, as lamented (several times), Fantasy Island without Tattoo is missing something important. This is still a movie I’m looking forward to watching. Just hope they don’t make it some cheesy, jumpscare-laden horror comedy. I would like something darker and scarier, feeding into the macabre and yet moral tales of the original TV series. If they lean that direction and execute, I could end up a huge fan.
Anticipation for Fantasy Island: 7/10
The King’s Man
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 14 to September 18, 2020
Am getting a League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibe from these trailers. I know it’s not the same thing, but that movie left me feeling cold to films like these. This one could pull me out of this funk … if it doesn’t suck.
Anticipation for The King’s Man: 3/10
Trailer makes this seem as mostly a romance which is fitting for Valentine’s Day release, but other than the woman trying to explore her mother through the photographs left behind doesn’t seem to have an otherwise compelling story. It could surprise me though.Timing is good.
Anticipation for The Photograph: 3/10
Sonic The Hedgehog
This was my most anticipated movie of February, up there with Fantasy Island, but now Harley Quinn edges them both out. I’m still excited about seeing how the speedy videogame character tears through the film, also Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik looks like a fun bad guy.
Anticipation for Sonic The Hedgehog: 8/10
What About Love
Sharon Stone in a supporting role it appears. No official trailer yet as of 1/1/2020, so nothing more to go on except for the Wikipedia page. I’m leery of digging too deep into that page before seeing the movie.
No trailer, no anticipation.
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 21 to March 13, 2020
Have been a fan of Vin Diesel in action, notably the Fast & Furious franchise, so curious how he works this one through.
Anticipation for Bloodshot 4/10
The Call of the Wild
Sad to see Harrison Ford – Han freaking Solo – so weathered and old. I know, I know, happens to all of us, but Harrison Ford in a dog movie? Yeah, it’s based on an awesome novel but I’m not sure about the casting here.
Anticipation for The Call of the Wild: 4/10
Based on the Jane Austen novel and very little interest in seeing. Less than I did going into Little Women, but then that movie was a delightful surprise. Maybe this one will be too.
Anticipation for Emma: 1/10
Las Pildoras de Mi Novio (My Boyfriend’s Meds)
LOL! The boyfriend forgot his meds?! Trailer is pretty funny. I don’t know if it’s all subtitled, but don’t really care, it’s got me curious what exactly happens when this guy is fully off his meds?
Anticipation for Las Pildoras de Mi Novio 5/10
RELEASE DATE CHANGED from Feb 28 to April 24, 2020
Looks like reality TV gone wild. Sign me up! Will admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of reality TV, but there have been some shows (I liked Cops,The Osbournes and Gene Simmons Family Jewels and some others). The whole catch the audience real reactions to crazy scenes is often too gimmicky to hold my interest through a TV series, but in a movie maybe it will work. This one looks like it could be very funny, I just hope the trailer isn’t showing the best parts.
Anticipation for Bad Trip: 6/10
Fighting the KKK based on a true story and more modern times (1996, not 1969!), seems like this has potential to be a powerful story. Forest Whitaker!
Anticipation for Burden: 5/10
The Invisible Man
Boy, this is going to be a tough reboot sell for me. I consider the original Universal monster movies virtually untouchable. That includes the amazing Claude Rains as The Invisible Man. Here, it’s another Blumhouse production, which on the positive side means it won’t be filled with a bunch of crazy expensive CGI, but will this be a fresh take or bad reboot? Curious, but cautious.
Anticipation for The Invisible Man: 5/10
Has great blurbs. If a movie trailer relies on blurbs, I’m almost instantly suspicious. Show me how good it is in the trailer, not with a bunch of quotes in the trailer telling me how great it is. Don’t know about this one.
Anticipation for The Whistlers: 2/10
Ranking the February 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)
- Birds of Pray – 9 / 10
- Sonic The Hedgehog – 8 / 10
- Fantasy Island – 8 / 10
Bad Trip – 6 / 10(release date changed to April 24, 2020)
- Burden – 5 / 10 — LIMITED
- Las Pildoras de Mi Novio – 5 / 10 — LIMITED
- The Invisible Man – 5 / 10
- The Call of the Wild – 4 / 10
Bloodshot – 4 / 10(release date changed to March 13, 2020)
- The Photograph – 3 / 10
The King’s Man – 3 / 10(release date changed to September 18, 2020) Peter Rabbit 2 – 2 / 10(release date changed to April 3, 2020)
- The Whistlers – 2 / 10 — LIMITED
- Emma – 1 / 10
- What About Love – NR (no trailer as of posting) — LIMITED
What movies in February 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?