Life has been brought to an unprecedented halt by depriving the people of their liberty to saunter through the streets or have fun. The pandemic of 2020 has changed the face of the planet in a way that the population has become averse to the concept gathering at a place. Huddling around a table is something that has turned out to be a phrase with no concrete details. Although people are now walking back into their normal lives by hitting the road and visiting their favorite restaurants, nothing more is available. Since many countries have been locked down for more than half a year now, the space for entertainment has significantly reduced.
During this period, it was the small screens at home that worked wonders. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and other OTT platforms made the best out of this time. The movies that had been scheduled for release, the ones that were in production, and those shelved for some reason are now resurfacing even without many theatres open. Several movies were released on OTT over the past few months, and many of them received a great response from the audience and critics. Here is a list of the best movies of 2020.
1. First Cow
Not many directors have paid attention to nature while making movies. Kelly Reichardt made a difference by including the aspects that connect to the world around us. With First Cow, the filmmaker adapted pieces from JonaHalf-Lifeond’s novel ‘The Half Life’ and tried to evoke a sense of motivation and emotion through a few characters in the forest greenery. Male friendship and rural environments are being focused on every frame.
2. The Painted Bird
The movie is considered an ode to the people who passed away during the various holocausts by bringing every character into life through the black-and-white theme. The Painted Bird isn’t for the faint hearts because it covers multiple areas of WWII and the destruction caused by the arsenals developed during that period. Oppression and the struggle to survive are painted in just two colors to depict life’s darkness in those days. Not many movies have been this tough to sit through due to its raw depiction of humanity’s difficult times.
3. The Assistant
The scathing approach towards the #MeToo movement in The Assistant is one huge leap in the right direction. Kitty Green brought the mundane events that add to the misogyny. The blatant depiction of abuse can be hard to watch if you love all your dear ones. Most people conveniently gloss over the need for consent, which is now being discussed in several movies, but nothing like this. Exploitative men are the central characters of the movies, and while the most abusive of them isn’t present on screen much, the horrific character is palpable through the stories about Jane. The implied and logical threats of a human resources rep Jane meets drives the movie’s concept further into the insidious forms of sexism prevalent all across the globe.