Today is a different kind of Easter. I am alone at home, and it would have been my Dad’s 92nd birthday today, so obviously I have some of the ‘feels.’ I wanted to see something uplifting, and something that would make me smile – and cry a bit, and I could not have picked a more appropriate movie to watch than ‘Military Wives.’ Directed by Peter Cattaneo, it centers around a group of military wives whose hubands are serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. They all band together to form a choir, and well, you can just imagine where this is all headed – Cattaneo is also the director of ‘The Full Monty’ so he has experience and a tested formula under his belt. But instead of getting quirky outcasts, much of the drama here focuses on the two leaders of the group, played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. I absolutely adore both actresses so it was an added treat to see them sparring – Thomas the uptight by-the-book type A, and Horgan the easy peasy down to earth counterpart. I have to admit the drama veers through melodrama at times especially at the final climax between the two of them, but the pay off is worth it. This is a film that will touch you, and I bet especially during these times it will resonate.
When I start watching a show, I get into it, and binge until i can’t – it’s the anal retentive in me. After I finished watching the first season of ‘Catastrophe,” I told myself that i would take a break and start watching something else, but I couldn’t get through the other show without reverting back to ‘Catastrophe.’ With only six episodes per season, I now think that I will have to go through all four seasons of the show that is available until i can rest myself and relax that I can enjoy something else.
Very few shows nowadays give me ‘laugh out loud’ moments and this show does that for me. I think it’s because I have finally latched on to the show’s characters, and their groove. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have great chemistry, and you believe they are a couple. The first season ended with Sharon’s water breaking, and the second season skips time and with their first born already a toddler and she is pregnant with their second baby. Oh great, I thought, another season of Sharon and a pregnancy, but of course I am wrong. the seond season focuses on how the couple go through things as a couple. They are obviously in love with each other, but there’s hate there, too. And there’s stress int heir relationship on top of the stress of taking care of their kids, and stress in their ex life, and money, and family. And it’s all nice and funny. The season ends with a kind of a not happily ever after but that just adds to the anticipation for the next season. While I knwo that they probably will always be together, I want to see and experience the rough road of getting there, and laughing along the way.
I have just finished the last three episodes of the first season of ‘Catastrophe’ and I have to say I was very taken by the whole thing. The last three episodes were the strongest as I had already found myself fully invested with the couple, and with them with their ups and downs. On the last episode, when they finally got married, I was with them in their celebration, and the writing is smart enough not to make it syrupy sentimental by mixing it with just the right dose of oddball humour. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney have great chemistry and both their comic timings match so well that you believe the intimacy between them. And I found myself wistful abut Carrie Fisher who plays Delaney’s mom. The last half of the last episode is intense, but real, and of course the cliffhanger….
So now on to season 2..
I know I’ve been ignoring Amazon Prime. I have a long log of saved shows on my watch list there, and I haven’t made a dent from it – I am a little more updated on Netflix, but “my list” there is staggering as well. For some reason the other day I decided to start watching ‘Catastrophe’ on Amazon Prime, and I knew next to nothing about it, except for the fact it was described as a rom-com, enough of a lure for me.
And I love this. I read that it was initially shown in Eng;and on BBC, and stars Sharon Horgan, a British comedienne (she is their Tina Fey, I read) and the premise is cute, but also mature. She meets an American man (Rob Delaney) and they have a wild whirlwind affair, and she gets pregnant. He lives in the States and moves to London for her, and now they have to navigate their situation. They want to be together, but should they? Everyone knows having a baby is not reason enough to get married, but I am on Episode Three, and he has proposed to her. Horgan is great, all dry English wit they way I like them, and I was surprised to find Delaney to be quite effective as well, a perfect ‘straight man’ for all the comedic set ups. I know that the seasons have now racked up, and I am lustily anticipating my enjoyment of all of them.