The Highs & Lows of Love (Television Thoughts: Modern Love, Amazon Prime)

modern-love400Amazon Prime’s new show ‘Modern Love’ seems to be this generation’s version of the 70s anthology ‘Love American Style,’ but the stories on this show are culled from The New York Times column of the same title, and these are stories about New Yorkers, and the way they live and love in these modern times. Sounds like a fantastic idea to me. I have seen the first four (out of a total of eight) episodes and there are great highs, and also some lows. The first two episodes are tops: it starts with one starrign Christine Millotti as a NewYorker who has a ‘special’ relationship with her doorman – as a father figure who guides her in her life choices. It’s nice and sweet, and sets the tone for the show. I liked that it was a little irreverent, and featured situations that are real, and obviously showcases the heart and humanity. And the second episode is my absolute favorite so far. Starring, Dev Patel and Catherine Keener, it shows a pair of parallel stories of following your heart in the midst of the turmoil of life. Keener is great here as an author who reconnects with the ‘man that got away’ who was supposed to meet her in Paris seventeen years ago. But the third episode was disappointing even as it starred the charismatic Anne Hathaway. As a bipolar young woman strugglign with life, Hathaway was game, but I felt the story went nowhere. And Tina Fey and John Slattery had chemistry for days in the fourth episode (written by Sharon Horgan) but the story abotu a couple trying to reconnect did not connect with me.  Of course I am already hooked with this and will surely finish all the episodes shortly. For now, I’ll just say that the second episode is one of the best I have seen on any series so far.

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