Couldn’t We All Use A Little Modern Love?

Happy Tuesday evening, dear Readers!

It’s 11:00pm here in Toronto, and probably too late for a mother of a 6 and a half month old to be writing on her blog. I just couldn’t resist, though, as I’ve just finished the most splendid TV show that I absolutely had to recommend to you all right away!

The show is called Modern Love and it’s featured on Amazon Prime. I had heard about it sometime last year, but didn’t get around to watching it until this week, when I remembered all about it after finishing my recent watch Dickinson. I wanted another short, easily digestible show and I immediately recalled that Modern Love is sort of an episodic series, with each instalment focusing on a different set of characters played by entirely different actors. At 30-minutes per episode, it seemed like just the perfect series to delve into while watching dinner or when winding down at night, and my husband and I started it on Sunday only to finish it tonight (another remarkable binge-fest, if I do say so myself!). 

I absolutely LOVED this series, from start to finish! It is superbly written and acted, and I was blown away by the storytelling on every front. The cast is tremendous, including such heavyweights as Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel and Tina Fey among others, and it is clear that immense time was put into understanding and constructing each character, from the minute the first word was written in the script.

With only 8 episodes, there really isn’t a dip in quality. Even some of the “weaker” episodes (although even these are incredibly well done) were powerful and moving in their own ways…however, I would say that, for me, there were a few particular standouts. If you can only afford to watch a few episodes of Modern Love, I would suggest prioritizing episode #1 (“When the Doorman Is Your Main Man”) and episode #7 (“Hers Was a World of One”). I may be slightly biased because I am a new mother and these two episodes dealt primarily with parental love, but they were just mind-blowing and so heartwarming. In episode #1, sweet-natured Cristin Milioti plays a young woman grappling with an unplanned pregnancy, and in episode #7, Andrew Scott delivers an EXCELLENT performance as a man trying to decide if he is in fact ready to become a father. (Sidenote: If you don’t know Andrew Scott’s incredible work from Sherlock and Fleabag, go watch both those shows NOW!) These episodes nearly brought me to tears, and as I gazed down at my sleeping baby who rested in my arms while I was watching, I was just so overcome with the true meaning of the word “love”. 

My husband, on the other hand, liked episode #2 (“When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist”) and episode #3 (“Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am”) best – he does have a soft spot for Anne Hathaway ever since she played Catwoman, haha! – so there is truly something for absolutely everyone in this series. I think every single viewer can take something away from at least one of the stories, and I for one was reminded at least once an episode of how lucky I am to experience love in all its various forms.

These are trying and difficult times, and I think now more than ever, we need to remember that love is all around us, even if right now it’s mostly over the phone or experienced from 2 metres apart. Modern Love certainly brought a smile to my face, and I hope it does the same for all of you!

xox

JNG

Girl with a Green Heart

2 Comments

  1. I watched up to episode 5 of this so far, I loved #1 and #3! But #2 gets an honorable mention because I read somewhere that it is actually the story of how the dating app, Bumble, was made – or maybe part of the story, I can’t remember now, but I thought that was cool!! Can’t wait to finish! #7 sounds like it’d be interesting as well! ☺️

    1. JanilleNG says:

      Oh cool, I didn’t know that! I think you’ll love episode #7! Let me know what you think when you finish the series! 💚

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