I have made this selection, Mikel Zorrilla, following my personal criteria. In addition, for your choice I have taken into account both the Amazon original movies of this 2022 and the feature films that have premiered exclusively in Spain during this period and also those titles that were previously released in theaters throughout 2022 but that you can already find on the platform.
The best cinema and the most anticipated movies of Amazon in 2022
The reason for this decision is that Amazon’s catalog of original titles is still relatively small, but also because other highly anticipated films of his such as ‘Master’ or, above all, ‘Deep Waters’ and ‘The Tender Bar’ did not measure up and including them only to inflate the number as others do does not seem appropriate to me. It is not a question that they are the best because there are simply no more.
I remind you that last year I already made a list of the best Amazon movies of 2021, while my colleague Albertini also reviewed the best Amazon series of this year a few days ago. And if you want more television proposals, you have my list of the best Netflix series of 2022 or those made by Albertini with the best of HBO Max and the best of Disney + so far this year. Without further ado, let’s go with the best Amazon cinema in 2022.
‘I want you back’ (‘I Want You Back’)
Address: Jason Orley. Distribution: Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Isabel May, Scott Eastwood, Manny Jacinto, Clark Backo, Gina Rodriguez, Jami Gertz, Dylan Gelula, Quinn Cooke, Luke David Blumm, Jordan Carlos, Giselle Torres
Romantic comedies have not given us much joy in recent years and the one we are dealing with is not particularly memorable, but it is a pleasant proposal to which its two protagonists give more charm than their characters would have on paper. Something predictable, but also with the ability to achieve the complicity of the public.
Review of ‘I want you to come back’ | See it on Amazon
‘The inevitable death of the crab’
Address: Ahcitz Azcona. Distribution: Costanza Andrade, Ahcitz Azcona, Ixchel Azcona, Jesus Hernandez, Carlos Hugo Hoeflich, Yuriria Munguía, Ricardo Niño, John A. Webber
A fairly concise Mexican intrigue movie (it doesn’t go through much of the hour of footage) that presents a businessman who doesn’t take a threat seriously that ends up becoming a very intense experience. It manages to maintain the tension, it does not rush despite its tight duration and both the director and the actors show that they are aware of what the story needs of them to keep our attention.
See it on Amazon
‘My son’ (‘My Son’)
Address: Christian Carion. Distribution: James McAvoy, Claire Foy, Gary Lewis, Max Wilson, Jamie Michie, Robert Jack, Owen Whitelaw, Paul Rattray, Michael Moreland, Mark Barrett, Andrew John Tait, Paul Stirrat, Rosalind Sydney
Remake of a 2017 French film by the same director, ‘My Son’ is a thriller about a father willing to do anything to get his son back. It is a solvent film that keeps people curious until the final minutes, but where the dedicated performance of James McAvoy stands out above all else. It has special merit, since the actor himself declared that they did not give him the script and he had to improvise on the fly.
Address: Paco Plaza. Distribution: Almudena Amor, Vera Valdez, Karina Kolokolchykova, Chacha Huang, Michael Collis, Pía Laborde Noguez
It took a little while for this new work by Paco Plaza to reach the Prime Video catalog since its theatrical release. It is true that it is not his best film, but it is a lesson in how to thoroughly squeeze a premise that soon makes his inevitable outcome very clear. With a successful atmosphere and an effective approach to that fear so widespread in old age, perhaps I expected something more from the script signed by Carlos Vermouth.
Review of ‘Grandma’ | See it on Amazon
‘The coupon queens’ (‘Queenspins’)
Address: Aron Gaudet, Gita Pullapilly. Distribution: Kristen Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn, Paul Walter Hauser, Stephen Root, Joel McHale, Garrett Wareing, Nick Cassavetes, Annie Mumolo, Jack McBrayer, Marc Evan Jackson, Paul Rust, Bebe Rexha
Inspired by a striking true story, this is an attractive satire that works mainly due to the good work of its two protagonists. They manage to balance a bit that somewhat excessive tendency towards the eccentric that the script presents, where it is fair to point out that there are some quite funny dialogues. It also has some nice secondary character, especially the one played by Paul Walter Hauser.
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‘A date with the past’ (‘All The Old Knives’)
Address: Janus Metz Pedersen. Distribution: Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton, Jonathan Pryce, Laurence Fishburne, Ahd Kamel, Corey Johnson, Abdul Alshareef, Nasser Memarzia, Orli Shuka, David Bedella, Alexander Devrient, Angela Yeoh
A calm thriller that prioritizes the emotional factor over the possibility of giving a more vibrant approach to the story. For this, he relies above all on the good work of Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton to know how to reflect both the bond that united their characters and the way in which a reunion affects them so many years later.
Criticism of ‘An appointment with the past’ | See it on Amazon
and what is to come
Amazon still plans to release several very good looking movies during the rest of the year, from ‘Anything’s Possible’first work behind the cameras of billy porter (‘Pose’), until ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’the new feature film written and directed by Lena Dunham. And surely there are not a few movie premieres that also arrive shortly after on the platform. Very recently we have the case of ‘Moonfall’.