Every month, we look ahead and pick out some of the most interesting titles arriving on Amazon’s subscription video on-demand service.
From Jeff Bridges to superheroes, here are the top five films coming soon to Amazon Prime Instant Video in June 2014.
Creative Galaxy – 26th June
From the people behind Blue’s Clues, this interactive art adventure series for preschoolers is Amazon’s second original show for kids. Following Arty and Epiphany as they travel around the galaxy to solve problems with creative thinking, each animated episode culminates in a live-action piece that helps children and parents recreate the solution in real life. Inspiring and unique, it looks set to be a smart addition to the company’s streaming catalogue – just in time for the summer holidays.
The Amazing Spider-Man – 26th June
Andrew Garfield’s hair and Emma Stone’s existence elevate this unnecessary reboot to something fun and engaging. Come for the costumed antics – stay for the believable romance.
Arthur Christmas – 19th June
Trust Amazon to add a Christmas film in the middle of the summer. The strange system of video on-demand distribution, though, is sure to produce a weirder release decision in the coming year. As for Arthur, Aardman’s move into digital animation provides a colourful take on the Santa myth with a host of nifty gadgets from the brains of one of the writers of Alan Partridge.
TRON: Legacy – 18th June
TRON: Legacy is a classic example of style over substance, but what style! Daft Punk’s score and Joseph Kosinski’s visuals are stunning to behold – not quite enough to buy to keep, but certainly enough to warrant a re-watch on a VOD service. Thanks, Amazon. Thamazon.
Kirikou and the Men and the Women – 27th June
Michel Ocelot’s animated sequel to Kirikou and the Sorceress is an anthology of small tales set in Africa. Ots CGI visuals continue the hand-drawn style of the original, but the interesting appeal comes from behind the camera: the stories are written by female authors and tackle issues such as race all within a colourful format. Certainly the most unique addition to any VOD service this month. Unless you count watching a Christmas movie in June.