After the success of 2019’s Little Women, Greta Gerwig’s sublime adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s most iconic novel, it seemed we would not receive another literary adaptation that would meet the same heights of innocence, pathos and aesthetically gorgeous cinematography – but it seems debut director Autumn de Wilde had other ideas.
It’s no secret that the DCEU is a struggling franchise, and in more ways than one may expect. Although it has produced landmark films (such as Wonder Woman) and even broken the box office with the release of James Wan’s Aquaman, the franchise is still trying to figure out a formula that works for the universe as a whole. In fact it often feels like each film is the beginning of its own self contained franchise, something which remains true today with the release of Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey.
2019 may not have been a fantastic year for all of us, but many can agree that it was definitely a good year for Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr. – with the year coming to form the symbolic cherry on top of his ice-cream sundae comeback. After hitting the scene hard, reaching controversial levels of stardom, dealing with addiction and tackling sobriety. Downey soared back into the mainstream with his career defining role as Marvel’s Tony Stark. A role that allowed him to once again become a household name, and one that ended beautifully last year with the release of Avengers: Endgame, the most successful blockbuster of all time. After such roaring success and personal growth, it was clear that Downey could now do anything he wanted, but it seems his choice making skill still need some much needed work.