A particularly successful year is ending for Amazon Prime Video, a platform that aspires to compete with the quantitative power of Netflix and the big bets of HBO. And at the moment nothing has gone wrong: becoming the home of the most risky proposals, whether in the field of comedy or especially fantasy, and with the highly anticipated ‘The Lord of the Rings’ on the horizon, the ‘streaming’ has left us some of the great jewels of 2019.
Fleabag (Series / Season 2)
Before his success in the 2019 Emmy we already knew that this series created and starred by Phoebe Waller-Bridge was called to be part of the Olympus of contemporary comedy. The romantic, sexual and family misadventures of a thirty-year-old in London allow the creator a symphony of delusional ‘gags’ where she completely tears up modern life. And his miseries.
Undone (Series / Season 1)
It is one of the most revolutionary series of the year. The creators of ‘Bojack Horseman’, Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg, recover the underused technique of rotoscopy (real image painted as animation) to explore the psyche of a woman suffering from schizophrenia. Although, as they make us see, perhaps that mental illness is only their way of entry into a world that very few people can access, a place where they will meet their dead father to solve pending trauma.
One Child Nation (Documentary)
Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival and one of the great documentaries of 2019. Directed by Zhang Lynn and Nanfu Wang, it focuses on China’s birth policy and its disturbing consequences through shocking real testimonies, as well as opinions of experts and journalists of the country. The objective? Report the abuses of the Chinese government in its obligation to have only one child per family, a law that led to a series of sinister businesses of all kinds.
The Boys (Series / Season 1)
We are up to superheroes, but this original Amazon Prime Video series has shown us that we still have the ability to surprise ourselves with stories of people with tights and capes. In the world he presents to us, his parody of The Justice League is only a marketing tool for the gallery, while in the shadows they act with total impunity. Therefore, a group of rebels (each affected in their own way by the presence of the supers) will propose to stop their feet.
The Report (Movie)
Nominated for the next Golden Globes (through Annette Bening, candidate for Best Supporting Actress), this film premiered directly on Amazon without going through the commercial halls, but do not be fooled: it is a more than remarkable biopic of Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), an American Senate investigator who struggled to bring to light the irregularities of the CIA Interrogation and Detention program.
Good Omens (Series / Season 1)
The adaptation of the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is a success, although little has been said about it. Ambitious as few, condenses in six episodes the great story of the Apocalypse caused by the war between two traditionally antagonistic sides: angels and demons. But it turns out that two of his representatives who live on Earth (played by David Tennant and Michael Sheen) have become too fond of humans. And they are willing to go against their own to save them.
Brittany runs a marathon (Movie)
The obsession with ‘running’ can bring good things. The protagonist of this jewel (which won the Audience Award in the last edition of the Sundance Festival) finds her self-esteem lost in the sport, not only to lose weight, but to prove that with effort she can get to do things she never had imagined Director Paul Downs Colaizzo was inspired by the true story of his best friend to give life to this story full of heart, empathy and lessons about self-love.
Modern Love (Series / Season 1)
Among the most romantic series of Amazon Prime Video, this anthology has shone this year based on the true stories of a column in The New Yorker magazine, and that has brought together a wonderful cast: Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Andrew Scott, Tina Fey, Sofia Boutella and Olivia Cooke among others star in the eight stories that make up the first season of the series, all centered from different approaches and tones, different sexual orientations and moments of life, in love relationships.
Lorena (Documentary Miniseries)
Do you remember Lorena Bobbit? Maybe it sounds to you to have heard, back in the 90s, how a woman cut her husband’s penis. The news ran like wildfire by sensational means, as one of those events that feed the most morbid part of the people and that ends up burying the true story of what happened. ‘Lorena’ tries to finally tell the facts that led a woman to commit such a terrible crime, and so we discovered a relationship of abuse and a man turned into a hero (and porn star) but who was actually rather the villain In this whole story.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Series/Season 3)
There is no season in which the wonderful Mrs. Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) has not stolen our hearts. After divorcing and starting her career as a monologuist in the New York scene, the protagonist will face, together with her inseparable manager (Alex Borstein), the most important challenge of her first career: going on a tour around the country as the opening of one of the singers of fashion. The creator Amy Sherman-Palladino faces a season with political touches and a lot of sense of humor (as always). And we love it.
Carnival Row (Series/Season 1)
It may not be perfect, but there are many positive values in the ambitious fantastic series of Amazon Prime Video, starring Cara Delevigne and Orlando Bloom. History places us in a magical world where different species suffer marginalization in the great city of Burge, where a series of murders are taking place whose mysteries will once again unite a couple separated by the horrors of a past war. A mixture of fantasy, romance, action and black cinema with a strong political message about immigration.
Series, fictions and documentaries that we put in value in this list with the best of Amazon. Haven’t you seen them yet? You still have time before we change the decade!