Amazing Stories : Apple TV+ Original
Amazing Stories (2020) is an anthology of 5 standalone tales, written and directed by different people for each episode. Each tale tells of whimsical adventures that revolve around time travel, super powers, after life experiences and the like. The series is executively produced by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz AND Steven Spielberg, so you know immediately it’s going to be a high quality source of entertainment (the special effects did not disappoint).
This is a child friendly production, but I wouldn’t say these stories are specifically for children. Adults can definitely watch this and be stimulated and entertained. Who says you have to give up enjoying fantasies when you’re an adult? Admittedly, the ideas and themes explored are ones that have been done before, so in that sense they’re not super original nevertheless, there was a sense of newness to the stories. In combination with the great cinematography, the interesting formats of the stories, the impressive cast and brilliant soundtrack, these stories are truly amazing.
I enjoyed every single episode, although The Cellar (episode 1) was probably my favourite. I appreciate the fact that each episode has a distinctive feel to it, usually via setting and music. The settings used are really nice and varied so visually you’re always occupied by what’s happening onscreen. The soundtracks are absolutely fantastic. Again, I’ll refer to Episode 1, there was a rendition of After You’ve Gone, which has been covered by many artists including Ella Fitzgerald and Eydie Gormé. This is one of my favourite songs and so I’m clearly biased but songs like this can really improve the overall enjoyment of the production. Other episodes featured music from Drake and more modern artists, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. The variation in the music is most likely due to the fact that each episode had a different composer, this was a smart move.
The soundtracks and setting aren’t the only things that add to the differentiation of each episode. One thing I loved about Amazing Stories is that it is so wonderfully diverse, from the characters ages, and sexuality, to their gender and ethnicity; it was wonderful to see a range of representation.
All of the cast members in these tales gave impeccable performances, and there are some well known actors in them too, such as Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti (both in The Cellar) and Robert Forster (Dynoman and the Volt!). I can’t even say who was a stand out for me because the standard of skill was 10s across the board for everyone.
Amazing Stories is an Apple TV+ original and is actually a revamp of the series of the same name, which was created by Steven Spielberg and was shown on NBC from 1985 to 1987. The ratings for the original show were similar to the Apple TV+ version... mixed. I’m genuinely surprised the Apple TV+ series only has a 42% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I would rate it higher than that.
In my opinion, if you happen to have Apple TV+ then definitely go check it out! I don’t know if I’d necessarily recommend getting a subscription just for this show... there are only 5 episodes, each lasting around 50 minutes so you’d finish the whole thing in less than a day if you wanted to. BUT every minute of every episode is compelling so if you were wondering if there were any good shows on Apple TV+, this is certainly one of them!
AGE RATING: PG