Amazon Prime in May 2020: the best new films and TV shows to watch this month

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Amazon Prime subscribers,  this never-ending lockdown is about to get one helluva lot more entertaining…

Updated on 15 May 2020: Lockdown life isn’t as bad as we thought, thanks to Netflix and Amazon Prime. That’s right: the masters of TV and film content have unveiled everything they’re bringing to their respective streaming platforms for May 2020 – and, as ever, we’re impressed.

With that in mind, and without any further ado, here’s just a taste of all the goodness that you can stream on Amazon Prime this May 2020, including Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere.

And don’t worry: we’ll be sure to keep this list fully stocked and updated with all the must-see titles as and when they’re announced.

Some Girls

This much-loved series follows the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16-year-old high school girls who live within the same south London housing estate.

Ghost World

The story of neo-cool Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) who, faced with graduation from high school, take a hard look at the world they wryly observe and decide what they really want. When Enid takes an interest in the offbeat Seymour (Steve Buscemi) and Rebecca focuses her attention on their mutual romantic fixation Josh (Brad Renfro), the girls’ friendship is forever changed.

Black Book

Rachel Stein (Carice van Houten) barely escapes when her farmhouse is destroyed by Nazi soldiers in the fall of 1944. It isn’t long before she joins the resistance, but soon finds herself entangled in the web of betrayal. Can she prove her innocence? And will she be able to wreak her revenge?

Grey’s Anatomy (Season 15)

Terrifying storms, stolen kisses, insurance fraud… it can only be season 15 of Grey’s Anatomy. Binge-watch the entire series on Amazon Prime but, fair warning, be sure to keep a stash of tissues to hand: there’s more than a few tear-jerker episodes in the mix.

Upload

This sci-fi sitcom takes place in the near-future, where people who are near death can be “uploaded” into a virtual afterlife of their choice. So far, so Black Mirror, right?

Well, let us paint you a little picture. The year is 2033, and Brooklyn-born Nora (Andy Allo) is working in a luxurious virtual reality environment. When handsome L.A. party boy Nathan (Robbie Amell) crashes his self-driving car, his high-maintenance girlfriend then uploads him permanently into Nora’s VR world.

Watch the trailer for yourself below:

Desperate Housewives

Everyone remembers this TV classic about a close-knit group of housewives. And everyone will also remember that, while it may appear to be a seemingly perfect neighbourhood, Wisteria Lane hides many secrets, crimes, forbidden romances and domestic struggles.

Outlander : Season 5

You’ll no doubt be aware that we here at Stylist are big fans of Outlander. Real big. Huge, in fact. Thank goodness new episodes will be dropping on a weekly basis throughout May 2020, eh? 

Little Fires Everywhere (22 May)

Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, this show is based on the best-selling 2017 novel of the same name by Celeste Ng, and follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

You can find out everything you need to know about the adaptation here.

Utopia (tbc)

In Utopia, a group of young adults, who meet online, come into possession of a near-mythical, cult, underground graphic novel.

Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories and are forced into the dangerous, unique, and ironic position of saving the world.

Homecoming: Season 2 (22 May)

In the realm of bingeable content, Amazon Prime is debuting the second season of Homecoming. While Julia Roberts will not be reprising her role (she’s stepping in as executive producer instead), Janelle Monae will be leading the cast.

So what can we expect from this new installment? Well, showrunner Micah Bloomberg has said season two will be a continuation of season one, but will also be the start of a completely new storyline.

He said: “In some ways, this season goes far afield from where we were in season one. In other ways, it’s directly tied to the moments where we left off in season one.”

Intriguing. All we know is that everything kicks off as Monae’s character awakens on a boat in the middle of a lake with no recollection of her memory… or even who she is.

Here’s the trailer:

Mad Max: Fury Road (24 May)

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Max (Tom Hardy), a drifter and survivor, unwillingly joins Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a rebel warrior, in a quest to overthrow a tyrant who controls the land’s water supply.

Passengers (24 May)

During a voyage to a distant colony planet, Jim (Chris Pratt)’s hypersleep pod malfunctions, waking him up. He and fellow passenger Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) must work together to prevent their spaceship from meeting with a disaster.

The Goldfinch (tbc) 

Based on Donna Tartt’s novel of the same name, The Goldfinch tells the story of Theo Decker, beginning when he is 13 years old. The son of a devoted mother and absent father, Theo survives an accident in a museum that otherwise tears his life apart. 

Taken in by the family of a wealthy friend, Theo is tormented into adulthood by longing for his mother. Eventually, he finds himself drawn into the criminal underworld by a captivating painting that connects him to his mother — a painting of a goldfinch.

Watch the trailer for yourself below:

Seberg (tbc)

Seberg tells the story of Jean Seberg, a cinematic icon and a woman who supported a number of political causes during the 1960s, which brought her to the attention of the FBI.

 Read our review of the film here.

Poldark: Season 5 (tbc)

In season five of Aidan Turner’s frequently shirtless period drama, Ross Poldark returns from the American Revolutionary War to find his father dead, his estate in ruins and his lover engaged to another man. Slowly but steadily, he attempts to rebuild his life.

The Wilds (tbc)

Part survival drama, part dystopic slumber party, The Wilds follows a group of teenage girls from radically different backgrounds after an airplane crash leaves them stranded on a deserted island.

The Vast Of Night (29 May)

If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, then you will definitely want to check out The Vast Of Night. Set in the 1950s, this Amazon Original follows two kids as they search for the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended on their town.

Retro sci-fi at its absolute best? Well, based on the glowing reviews this one got at the Toronto Film Festival, we’re gonna say that’s a big fat yes.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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