World's Toughest Race: Eco Challenge Fiji season 1, Chemical Hearts, Masterpiece's Les Misérables, and The Peanut Butter Falcon are among the new movies, TV shows, and originals streaming on Amazon Prime Video this month.
August just got more interesting on Amazon Prime Video, with the addition of SXSW audience award–winning film Get Duked! at the end of the month. Previously announced originals include competition reality series World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji, hosted by Bear Grylls and from the creator of Survivor, leading the charge; YA movie Chemical Hearts stars Austin Abrams (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) as a high schooler whose world changes when he meets mysterious transfer student Grace Town, played by Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart; and Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys aftershow, hosted Aisha Tyler and which kicks off in August with a look back at season 1 of the hit superhero series. The show continues September 4, following The Boys season 2 premiere through the new season’s October 9 finale. Original family fare Jessy and Nessy and Clifford the Big Red Dog also premiere in the month.
The streamer also offers some season 1 channel samplings in the month that will more than sate a hearty binge appetite. Starting with PBS Masterpiece series Les Misérables, which is Certified Fresh at 87%, the sampling also includes Showtime’s Californication, Sundance Now’s Riviera, PBS Kids’ The Berenstein Bears, Acorn TV’s Blood, Urban Movie Channel’s Fifth Ward, and, also from Masterpiece, Polish thriller The Teacher, as well as the first seasons of Ice Road Truckers (History), Beyond Scared Straight (A&E Crime Central), Bitchin’ Rides (Motortrend), and more.
Keep reading to find out what else is new on Amazon Prime Video in August, including new on-demand titles, with some highlights noted at the top.
Description: Victor Hugo’s masterpiece comes to television in a six-part adaptation by multi award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies. Dominic West stars as fugitive Jean Valjean, with David Oyelowo as his pursuer Inspector Javert and Lily Collins as the luckless single mother Fantine. Ellie Bamber and Josh O’Connor costar as the young lovers Cosette and Marius. Love, death, and the struggle for social justice in early 19th-century France feature in this beautifully faithful retelling of one of the world’s most beloved stories.
Critics Consensus: Andrew Davies’ deft adaptation of the oft-retold Victor Hugo classic affords viewers a newfound intimacy with these outcasts and revolutionaries, who are ably brought to life by a star-studded cast.
Description: Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever — high school. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.
Critics Consensus: Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material’s youthful spirit.
Description: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.
Critics Consensus: A feelgood adventure brought to life by outstanding performances, The Peanut Butter Falcon finds rich modern resonance in classic American fiction.
Description: From the creator of Survivor and hosted by Bear Grylls, World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji tells the story of the ultimate expedition race, in which 66 teams from 30 countries race non-stop for 11 days across hundreds of miles of rugged Fijian terrain complete with mountains, jungles, rivers, and ocean. For the veteran teams the goal is to win – but for most, the dream is to finish and prove to themselves and the world, that they can prevail in the World’s Toughest Race.
Description: Chemical Hearts follows 17-year-old Henry Page (Austin Abrams) who has never been in love. He fancies himself a romantic, but the kind of once-in-a-lifetime love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t happened yet. Then, on the first day of senior year, he meets transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart) and it seems all that is about to change. When Grace and Henry are chosen to co-edit the school paper, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious newcomer. As he learns the heartbreaking secret that has changed her life, he finds himself falling in love with her — or at least the person he thinks she is.
Description: Dean, Duncan and DJ Beatroot are teenage pals from Glasgow who embark on the character-building camping trip — based on a real-life program — known as the Duke of Edinburgh Award, where foraging, teamwork and orienteering are the order of the day. Eager to cut loose and smoke weed in the Scottish Highlands, the trio finds themselves paired with straight-laced Ian, a fellow camper determined to play by the rules. After veering off-path into remote farmland that’s worlds away from their urban comfort zone, the boys find themselves hunted down by a shadowy force hell-bent on extinguishing their futures. From writer-director Ninian Doff — making his feature debut after a slew of award-winning music videos and short films for artists including Run the Jewels, Miike Snow, Migos, and Mykki Blanco — comes an anarchic satire of generational politics, hip-hop loving farmers and hallucinogenic rabbit droppings that pits the youth of tomorrow against the status quo of yesterday. Get Duked! stars Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickey, Georgie Glen, James Cosmo and a breakout young cast featuring Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon, and Lewis Gribben.