NOTE: This post will continue to be updated until the end of April 2020, as movie release dates change, sometimes within weeks of the scheduled release date
UPDATE 4/11/2020: With the coronavirus pandemic, most theaters have closed and planned release dates have changed. A strikethru on the release date and/or title indicates the planned date has changed.
The following are movie trailers and my early thoughts for all films tentatively scheduled coming to theaters in April 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).
If you’d like to see a list of all movies released in 2020 click here (that post is being updated throughout the year). Most releases profiled below are WIDE screenings showing on 2,000+ theater screens in the United States. If the movie title has the word LIMITED following then it means it’s being released on less than 2,000 screenings in the United States.
All movie release dates unless otherwise indicated are for the United States, the release dates in other countries may vary.
April 2020 Movies
The New Mutants
The trailer makes me think of this as a darker X-Men spinoff, which is what it seems to be.
Anticipation for The New Mutants: 6/10
“Take… the grease!” — the funny part of the trailer, but no comedy can survive on the humor of one joke. I’m worried about the comedic chemistry between this couple based on the trailer, as they don’t seem to be all that funny together, although the situations they are placed in look humorous. Will this be another Like a Boss on the humor scale? Could be. I’m interested though, because I enjoy comedies.
Anticipation for The Lovebirds: 5/10
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
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: The Runaway is: 2/10
No Time To Die
The last Bond film for Daniel Craig, will he go out with a whimper or roar? I’m voting on somewhere in the middle. He’s got Rami Malek as a villain and that could amp everything up. I hope Bond doesn’t go off the rails into something completely unnoticeable after this. Just get another Bond (a guy, sorry, I don’t think it should be a woman playing James Bond 007). Then again, there is a female 007 in this movie. We’ll find out soon.
Anticipation for No Time To Die: 9/10
The Secret: Dare To Dream
I remember seeing this book everywhere and wondering what the “Secret” was? In mid April I’ll find out. Could have always read the book, I suppose, but wasn’t that motivated. The teaser trailer is equally enigmatic and mostly just toting sales stats. While that’s impressive, I already knew it was popular. Guess I need to see a trailer showing something that actually happens in the movie to be excited.
Anticipation for The Secret: Dare To Dream: 3/10
Promising Young Woman
This trailer makes it look like the woman is hunting men by setup. She pretends to be too drunk and waits for them to take advantage of them and then does … what to them? Revenge is called out, but we don’t actually see any taking place. I’m getting a black widow spider vibe to this tale. Somewhat eager to see it.
Anticipation for Promising Young Woman: 5/10
Trolls World Tour
And now the second trailer:
Our grandchildren are huge Trolls fans and must admit I like them, too. The sequel idea based on different tribes of trolls having a specific musical genre is sound, but I wonder why rock and roll always gets such a bad rap? It’s good music and I’d argue it’s better than some other types. Still, a troll tribe rolling around to the music of Ozzy Osbourne sounds like the making of a killer soundtrack at least. Looking forward to this.
Anticipation for Trolls World Tour: 7/10
Monster Problems — no trailer available to evaluate anticipation. Scheduled to open in theaters on
April 17, 2020 (moved to Feb 21, 2021)
After a string of bad horror films starting off 2020, my anticipation for this one is reduced. Then again, maybe this will be better because it’s following the sequel to A Quiet Place. It seems to be some kind of evil force based on or originating from slave catching times? Sort of has a more vengeful Harriet vibe going, but that could be totally off.
I cheated a bit and peeked at the Wikipedia page.
Successful author Veronica Henley finds herself trapped in a nightmarish reality and must find a way to break free of the horrors at hand.Wikipedia for Antebellum
So, is this more of a Nightmare on Elm Street meets Harriet?
Anticipation for Antebellum: 3/10
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.
A little skeptical because they moved back the date. Most delayed films suggest production problems and/or negative initial screen testing. Haven’t heard that to be the case here, so we’ll see what kind of trip this is soon.
Anticipation for Bad Trip: 6/10
Ranking the April 2020 movies by anticipation (as of this writing)
- No Time To Die – 9/10
- Trolls World Tour – 7/10
- The New Mutants – 6/10
- Bad Trip – 6/10
- The Lovebirds – 5/10
- Promising Young Woman – 4/10
- Antebellum – 3/10
- The Secret: Dare To Dream – 3/10
- Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway – 2/10
- Monster Problems – no rating / no trailer
What movies in April 2020 are you looking forward to seeing?