The Best New Amazon Prime Releases – Movies and Shows For April/May

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We’re definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to our on-screen addiction.

With the most popular streaming services creating fresh shows and blitzing out new series of our favourites quicker than ever, it can be hard to keep track of everything we want to watch and the latest and greatest of what’s out there.

That’s why we’ve endeavoured to pull together all of the best upcoming content from Amazon Prime, and highlight some of the best shows and stunning new seasons that should definitely be on your watchlist.

So whether it’s the latest and greatest crime thriller, or something a little more lighthearted and perfect for chain-watching, let us show you the way to your next can’t-miss-series!


New Amazon Prime Releases – April/May


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American Gods (Series 1) – 1st May

We’re going to be talking a lot about shows based on novels – but American Gods has definitely attracted more hype than most.

Neil Gailman’s creation has translated into quite the on-screen experience, with British lead Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) stepping up from Hollyoaks and soap-opera-land to lead a fantasy-cum-mystery with a rich Norse mythology.

…literally.

Whittle’s Shadow Moon is a recently-released convict who meets a mysterious man called Wednesday – who turns out to be a little more godly than he first seems – leading down a dark and fairly violent path towards a war that’s pretty difficult for any mortal to understand.

You can watch the trailer here if we’ve stirred up your curiosity.


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Bosch (Series 3) – 21st April

Being able to build a crime-thriller around a best-selling novel series is underrated. Crime fiction is one of the strongest and richest genres for finding a good read to get stuck into, so it takes something special to be able break out into a popular, and now long-running, series.

With season 3 based on Michael Connelly’s The Black Echo and A Darkness More Than Night, Bosch is every bit as gritty as engaging as some of the most popular crime dramas, but with the richness of character you’d expect from print.

Bosch centres around LA Police detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver) as he navigates some pretty gritty homicide cases while under trial for the murder of a serial killer.

The third season is pretty hard to introduce spoiler-free – but let’s just say that, given a 4th series is in the making, it watches pretty well (you can check out a trailer for the 1st season here).


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The Americans (Series 4) – 1st May

A 1980s period drama about a family of KGB agents living in America during the Cold War? Pssshhtt, same-old same-old.

Creator Joe Weisberg – an ex-CIA agent himself – spoke of his inspiration for the film:

“While I was taking the polygraph exam to get in, they asked the question, ‘Are you joining the CIA in order to gain experience about the intelligence community so that you can write about it later’ – which had never occurred to me. I was totally joining the CIA because I wanted to be a spy. But the second they asked that question… then I thought, ‘Now I’m going to fail the test.”

Can’t argue with that for inspiration, can you?

Critics have long-raved over a show that the American public aren’t quite getting – but with the likes of Breaking Bad only truly seeing critical acclaim (and the associated viewers) in Season 3, there’s never been a better time to be a trend-setter. With a 5th and 6th season confirmed – and confirmed to be the final seasons – one of the US’ most underrated shows is coming to a close. You probably want to be a part of the ride.

You can watch the original Season 1 trailer here.


Mr Wednesday, American Gods


In Depth – American Gods Review

I’d like to preface this review with one simple request: If you’re going to do anything this week please, please, dear god please make sure it’s watching the first episode of American Gods.

That intro is a hard one to follow but trust me when I say that if you enjoy gripping mysteries, stunning visuals and supernatural action shots then this is most definitely for you.

American Gods follows the story of Shadow Moon (played by our very own Ricky Whittle). Our protagonist has just been released from prison a few days early due to the death of his wife – whom he thought was waiting for him. On his way to his wife’s funeral; at the end of his tether and grasping for meaning, Shadow meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday played by the mischievous Ian McShane who brings his almighty acting talent to the board with a boat load of charisma. He manages to be both intriguing and not someone you would trust with, well, anything, to be honest.

Following a bar brawl between Shadow and a 6ft 2 fellow who claims to be a Leprechaun, (and considering he can make gold appear out of nowhere it’s a safe bet he is one) Mr Wednesday decides to hire Shadow as his bodyguard/henchman and I’m guessing it’s not going to be an easy or relaxing job or else there wouldn’t be 12 more episodes left of the season.

Scattered within these moments of plot are some truly brutal fight scenes, one scene in particular – within the first 5 minutes – is a full-on slaughter and this unequivocally sets the tone for the rest of the episode, never mind the rest of the season. However, the violence is shot in such a way that it seems rather beautiful – a macabre dance full of death and stunning visuals.

As the title suggests the programme deals with Gods in the new American age. There are many hints, even in the first episode, as to which character is the corresponding God and to be fair the main appeal of the show may just be trying to figure out who’s who of the pantheon of Gods.

Brought to life by Neil Gaiman in the original book it was picked up by Hannibal and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller. Fuller’s mesh of heightened surrealism and quirkiness is the perfect mix to bring to life this supernatural fairy tale. The first episode is directed by David Slade who previously worked on Hannibal with Fuller and you can definitely see the same sense of style – wide open shots contrasting with tight close ups to create an almost claustrophobic sense. All of this is mixed in with the use of some amazingly dark filters and followed up with a soundtrack that immediately alerts your animal side to something being wrong wrong wrong. Pull all of that together and you’ve got a gorgeously dark and supernatural tale.

American Gods follows in the path of such shows as Preacher and The Walking Dead which lends itself a familiarity to viewers who are already neck deep in violent and clever storylines. If those are the types of shows you like then this is definitely the type of show you’d love.

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