I just finished the third and final drop of Love Life episodes, and I can say I am pretty satisfied with it, and the show will probably end up on my best of list for the year. There are a lot of things I liked about it, and I think Anna Kendrick was tremendous – I don’t think I have ever seen her give such an ‘adult’ performance. She has always been one of my favorite actors and this will cement her there. And, you know what? As much as a lot of the show is tropes, it surprised me in one angle – I thought Darby was going to end up with Auggie. In a way they do – they will always be coparenting their son – but I thought that they would end up together together. The last couple of episodes wisely showed the different sides of Darby – as a daughter, as a friend, as a mother. They helped show her growth as a woman, and when we see her in that last episode, we see her as a full woman, because we went through that journey with her. And I like the final sentiment – that sometimes love enters your life quietly, without bells and whistles.It reminds me of the Kander & Ebb Song, “when it all comes through just the way we planned, it’s funny that the bells don’t ring…it’s a quiet thing”
I will miss the characters.
I just finished Episodes 4 – 6 of HBO Max’s ‘Love Life,’ and now I am officially hooked. While it seemed like the first three episodes feel like Darby was just going through a series of men, the next three episodes have her getting into ia real long-term relationship, and getting married. The narrative will also suck you in – she meets Magnus, a chef who is lovable but much flawed – a complicated man child. He is passionate about his craft – talented and creative – but he is also undisciplined and dangerous. We see Darby fall for him hook, line, and sinker, and the relationship gets mentally abusive. And we think why does she get herself trapped in this? As we ask that question, we get episode 5, which is basically a flashback to a year she spent in boarding school, where she meets Luke, a guy who gives her self-confidence. But, he also takes everything away from her. There is a wonderful 180 degree that happens in Episode 6 that serves as Darby’s ‘escape’ from her marriage with Magnus. The story is wonderfully told, and we get great performance from Anna Kendrick, who’s ‘awkward’ aura is perfect for the character. I really love it and am waiting with bated breath for what happens next.
‘Love Life’ is the one show on HBO Max I had been looking forward to seeing, since it’s a romantic series – you know me, hopeless and hopeful. It is billed as an ‘anthology’ and I was wondering if it was similar to Amazon’s ‘Modern Love’ which I loved.
The show follows one character, Darby, as she looks for love in New York City, and the anthology part comes in because each episode centers on a ‘relationship,’ and the definition is broad – a one night stand, dating, long-term relationships. It has a ‘Sex and The City’ vibe, and take that however you want.
And I have just seen the first three episodes, and I love it already. First of all, Anna kendrick is wonderful – slightly bitter, slightly acerbic, hopeful, vulnerable, funny. I am not too convinced when she becomes too ‘sexual,’ but maybe that’s just my projection. In the first three episodes alone, the show has shown range in the story – the first centers on a relationship with Auggie that lasted, and had you hoping for both to stay together. The second is a little ick – she starts dating her old boss – and it felt like when one of your friends starts dating someone you know is just wrong for them. I liked the third one, wherein she has a one-night stand and the guy gets clingy and she unintentionally breaks his heart. The show is instantly bingeable, and i wish they had released all the episodes instead of just sets of threes. I am in, let me fall in love!
P.S. I am making a prediction – in the end she will be with Auggie.