We recently signed up for Amazon Prime in our household, which means that we get to watch Amazon Prime Video for free. I am generally not someone who binge-watches TV series. I don’t have a lot of leisure time and I like to spend some of it reading. Our Amazon Prime subscription, however, gave me a chance to catch some of the latest releases for fall and winter 2020. Here are some of the best movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video Fall 2020:
I really enjoyed this spoof of classic murder mysteries, which features an all-star cast. The plot in a nutshell is as follows: The family gathers together to celebrate the patriarch Harlan Thrombey’s (Christopher Plummer) birthday, but he is later found dead by apparent suicide. Someone, however, has called private eye Benoit Blanc (played brilliantly by Daniel Craig) to investigate the death. Blanc questions family members, each of whom have recently fallen out of favour with Thrombey. The movie features Jamie Lee Curtis as daughter Linda, Toni Colette as daughter-in-law Joni, Don Johnson as philandering son-in-law Richard and Chris Evans as grandson Ransom. This murder mystery romp is a whole lot of fun!
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington star in and produced this 8-part miniseries that focuses on the relationship of two women of different socioeconomic backgrounds living in the upscale neighbourhood of Shaker Heights, Ohio. It is the late 1990s and artist Mia Warren (Washington) arrives in Shaker Heights with her daughter Pearl looking for a place to stay. Mia and Pearl have moved several times over the past few years, often living in their car. Mia responds to an ad placed by Elena Richardson (Witherspoon) for an apartment rental and becomes her tenant. Shortly after, Pearl and Elena’s son Moody become friends. From heron in, relationships get very confused! Witherspoon seems to gravitate to this type of role: the uptight, perfectionist, inflexible upper-class mom. Example: She and her husband Bill (played by Joshua Jackson) have sex precisely on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The series tackles issues such as anti-black racism and homophobia and the extraordinary bonds of motherhood.
It’s no surprise this series won 8 Emmy Awards in 2019; this series fires on all cylinders. The comedy focuses on Upper West Side late 1950s housewife Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who, upon discovering she has a penchant for delivering comedy, moonlights at the Gaslight Cafe. Cafe manager Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) is going through the motions of her stagnant life but is re-energized when she spots something unique about Maisel and convinces her that she needs her as a manager. Midge’s comedy act is kept a secret from Midge’s parents (Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle). Brosnahan is charming and convincing as a quick-witted comic while Borstein is an outright scene stealer as the androgynous, compulsive Myerson. Lavish sets, gorgeous costumes, razor-sharp writing and tremendous acting kept me watching this series from Season 1 to 3. I can’t wait for Season 4 to be released in 2021!
I have never read the book by Louisa May Alcott although I know the story. This glorious production from Greta Gerwig is a delight to the eyes. For those who are not familiar, the four March girls, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy grow up in mid 19th century Massachusetts in the hopes of finding love and fulfillment. Saoirse Ronan as Jo is fierce and independent while Emma Watson is charming as Meg. Laura Dern plays the girls’ mother Marmee, Meryl Streep makes a cameo appearance as Aunt March and Timothée Chalamet is seductive and moody as Laurie. One aspect that I found disruptive was the nonlinear narrative: the constant jumping back and forth to different points in time distracted from the story. It is still a gorgeous film!
I’ve loved Mindy Kaling since The Office so when I saw that this movie was written by her (and she also stars in it), I knew I would enjoy it. Emma Thompson plays talk show host Katherine Newbury whose ratings have been slipping due to delivering tired jokes with lackluster writing. When her boss advises her that she needs to revamp her show or step down, Newbury decides to hire a new writer (Molly Patel played by Kaling) to her all white-male staff since Patel is Indian-American. Patel and Newbury clash and that’s where the fun begins!
I hope you enjoyed reading about the best movies to watch on Amazon Prime Video Fall 2020. Let me know in the comment section whether you enjoyed these movies and miniseries.
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