Pakistan’s cinema industry is not in an ideal condition, yet there are a few films that can help the local cinema industry move upwards. In the first half of 2020, there are quite a number of releases that might benefit the multiplexes, which are not entering the new decade in an ideal position. Let’s take a look at these Hollywood flicks and why they will attract more crowd than local releases, and in the absence of Bollywood content. Read on:
DOLITTLE & BAD BOYS FOR LIFE (JANUARY)
Positives: Dolittle will be Robert Downey Jr.’s first film since he killed Thanos as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame. Fans of Hollywood flicks would be happy to see him, and the same goes for Bad Boys for Life, which – believe it or not – will be the first film of the franchise to release in Pakistani cinemas. Add Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s combo and you have a film that will do wonders at the box office.
Negatives: Dolittle is more of a children’s film than an adult one; it will excite a certain set of audiences which means fewer audiences. Bad Boys For Life might reunite two loveable cops but one of them is too old, and the other, the well-dressed one, might seem old-fashioned.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG & BLOODSHOT (FEBRUARY)
Positives: For those who have played the game featuring Sonic The Hedgehog, the film’s release will be a treat. The return of Jim Carrey in the role of a bad guy will be an added plus. As for Bloodshot, it will be Vin Diesel’s entry into the world of Superheroes, and we know that if anyone has the capability to beat the bad guys and look good, it’s him.
Negatives: When the trailer of Sonic The Hedgehog was released, the character design of the title character was heavily criticized and some of the audience might still have problems with it. Vin Diesel played a supernatural being in Chronicles of Riddick franchise and it wasn’t appreciated the way his Fast & Furious flicks are, and he might have to do something extra to get their attention.
NO TIME TO DIE (APRIL)
Positives: It’s a James Bond flick; more importantly the twenty-fifth in the franchise and Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007.
Negatives: Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007.
BLACK WIDOW, SCOOB! & FAST & FURIOUS 9 (APRIL – MAY)
Positives: Black Widow might have sacrificed herself in Avengers: Endgame but everyone wants to know her backstory; same goes for Scooby-Doo and Shaggy whose friendship will be introduced and tested in Scoob! Fast & Furious 9 will see the return of Dom’s sister and possibly Paul Walker’s Brian, through the help of computer graphics.
Negatives: Black Widow will be Marvel’s second female superhero flick; the first one Captain Marvel didn’t do that well at the box office. Scoob! doesn’t attract youngsters like it did back in the day and might not do well too. Without Hobbs and Shaw – Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham – the franchise might not be as huge as it’s expected to be.
WONDER WOMAN 1984 & TOP GUN: MAVERICK (JUNE)
Positives: The first Wonder Woman did great in Pakistan despite being released in the Holy month of Ramadan when cinemas have fewer shows. The sequel might do even better because it will be released 10 days after Eid and during the summer vacations. Tom Cruise’s return as Maverick needs no positives as that’s the biggest positive in itself!
Negatives: DC hasn’t had a great run in Pakistan and if Wonder Woman 1984 doesn’t do well, it might hit the franchise badly. Many of the cine-goers in Pakistan haven’t seen Top Gun and that might affect the sequel if it is too nostalgic as the plot suggests.