New on Amazon Prime Video UK: May 2017
- Katherine McLaughlin
- 21 April 2017
American Gods, I Love Dick, The Americans, We Are Your Friends, Long Strange Trip and Toni Erdmann among May highlights on Amazon
The creative team behind Hannibal (including Bryan Fuller and David Slade) have adapted Neil Gaiman's dark fantasy novel American Gods (1 May) into a gleefully gory eight part television series starring Ian McShane as a mysterious and cheeky grifter named Mr Wednesday who teams up with ex-convict Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) on an epic road trip across the USA. The first series actually only covers the first 120 pages of the book with Fuller recently explaining that he has added in extra material to expand on the female characters' backstories.
Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn star in a new comedy show created by Jill Soloway (Transparent) called I Love Dick (12 May) adapted from Chris Kaus' cult novel. Soloway described the show as, 'a feminist, matriarchal revolution-inspiring comedy about love and sex' in a recent Amazon featurette. Espionage drama The Americans (1 May) continues with its fourth season which has been highly praised by critics for its nuance and suspense as it delves further into the lives and mental state of suburban spies Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings. Long Strange Trip (9 June) is a documentary series about the Grateful Dead featuring never before seen footage and interviews telling the story of the musicians' trials and tribulations on the road to success.
In film, Zac Efron fans are in for a treat with At Any Price (4 May) and We Are Your Friends (11 May) both appearing this month. The latter MTV film marked the feature directorial debut of Max Joseph (half of the Catfish team) and the former is directed by Rahmin Bahrani whose housing crisis drama, 99 Homes (25 May), also becomes available this month. It stars Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield and charts the merciless process of the real estate business.
Maren Ade's superlative German comedy Toni Erdmann (29 May) is essential viewing. As a father tries to re-connect with his high-powered businesswoman daughter by playing an elaborate practical joke on her their fragile relationship is tested. It's a poignant examination of the child-parent bond that also cannily satirises the corporate world. The American remake is already in the works and has enticed Jack Nicholson out of retirement.
Full May lineup after these trailers...