DoctorDoom has written 4 reviews for films rated ★★★★★ during 2020.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

    ★★★★★

    This movie is a miracle. Every single revisit over the years has me still in shock that a theme park ride was adapted into one of the all-time great adventure films. A genuinely great screenplay that deftly balances stakes, emotion, humour, characters and world-building. Plot mechanics are very much on the surface but it works because watching every cog in the machine lock into place is an endlessly satisfying collection of set-ups and payoffs. They absolutely should teach this script…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    It so easily could have gone wrong.

    Life as an experience not just felt, but told. The streets we walk as children, the ones full of hope and promise, are the same ones we walk years later, as we return to find little more than melancholic echoes. Colours fade, fireplaces grow cold, the mailbox we used as kids now abandoned. We wonder, perhaps, if the joy we felt the last time we were here was real, or if it was…

  • Return of the Jedi

    Return of the Jedi

    ★★★★★

    People say this is the bad one?

    Breathtaking spectacle and scale matched by some of the most intimate character work in the saga. You get a swashbuckling adventure film packaged with George going all in on his Vietnam allegory by taking it to its logical conclusion: the defeat of the Empire by teddy bears. I'm not joking when I say it's a genius swerve, the same singular vision that made the greatest of the Jedi and the sage of wisdom…

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Given that this is the first real "franchise" sequel, in terms of how we understand the concept as it would come to dominate modern filmmaking, it's amazing how much this film deviates from the mold for sequels it allegedly helped to create.

    People like to forget this, but the "dark" installment of the Original Trilogy doesn't have any major character deaths. Go back and check. Literally none. It's the only Star Wars film where nobody important dies. It also doesn't…