The last month of the year gives us the opportunity to enjoy the first part of the final season of Vikings, the successful History Channel series that the big platforms grabbed up from the get-go. TNT will release Episode one on December 4th,  then on Netflix, HBO and Amazon just as long as the public knows the final destination of Bjorn, Ivar and Lagertha.

Also, at the beginning of the month, HBO will premiere Foodie Love, the first miniseries by filmmaker Isabel Coixet where she addresses the theme of gastronomy following a couple who visit restaurants as they struggle to close the wounds of their previous spouses. The US channel opens a line of dialogue with Spain through the adaptation of the best-selling work by Fernando Aramburu, Patria and 30 Coins, directed by Álex de la Iglesia. However, we’ll have to wait until next year to see the latter two. Similarly, Apple TV is consolidating its position as a premium streaming service after the stellar budget of its previous series. This December they’ll be trying their luck with Truth Be Told, a thriller that, if the rumors are to be believed, delves into the abyss of racism and mistrust of the media. Cast members include the striking duo of Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul, the famous co-star of Breaking Bad.

Amazon Prime Video will don all its most joyous colors with the eagerly awaited return of Miriam Midge in the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a successful and unique dramatic comedy that explores the phenomenon of stand up from the female perspective.

The first two seasons were received to widespread acclaim from audiences, being hopelessly compared to Fleabag, another series with feminist overtones hosted by the same platform. The Expanse is another sci-fi and space adventure drama series from Amazon whose fourth season is just a couple of weeks away, more specifically due on December 13th.

Netflix on the other hand is throwing all its eggs into one basket with The Witcher, a new fantasy series to complement Carnival Row, Dark Matter and See to fill the void left by Game of Thrones. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt makes her television debut with this long-awaited project which adapts Andrzej Sapkowski’s witchcraft and adventure video game for the small screen and features Henry Cavill as the lead. The second batch of episodes of You, the series that deals with the inexhaustible topic and mainstay of our digital era; hyperconnectivity provided by modern technology, is also due for release at the end of 2019.

And, as we’ve become accustomed to the good life with Netflix, they’ve also kept a few aces of movies up their sleeve, some of which are streets ahead of the posse in terms of quality. On the one hand we have the latest instalment from Fernando Meirelles, The Two Popes, featuring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce on the relationship between Francisco and Benedict. On the other, Marriage Story, the new comedy-drama family flick from Noah Baumbach with a sublime Scarlett Johansson and an Adam Driver who is earning a well-deserved place among the most reputable of Hollywood’s celebrities.

So, let’s just recap on the most eagerly awaited movie releases this month. The Star Wars universe is back with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, produced, co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams, while Clint Eastwood refuses to go into retirement and is back with Richard Jewell.

Frozen returns with the sequel ready to make a huge impact among younger audiences as well as Knives Out is expected to do among teenagers who are sure to enjoy the presence of Chris Evans after embodying Captain America for so many years.

Tom Hopper complements his television work with the musical Cats and Greta Gerwig returns with Little Women, a promising film that brings together Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and Timothée Chalamet this Christmas. Sick back, relax and enjoy all this on its way to you really soon!

Arnau Martín Camarasa, student of Audiovisual Communication at Pompeu Fabra University.
I carried out the humanistic baccalaureate in Sant Adrià de Besòs.
My main goal is to become a critic, analyst or professor specialized in cinema or television series.
I have more concrete goals that would help me in this purpose, such as trying to attend to film festivals, be part of the jury and contact specialized critics in order to gradually professionalize me.

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