Modern Love

Modern Love

Modern Love is everything that its creator John Carney (Once, Begin Again, Sing Street) has gained a following for. Soft romantic conversations, emotional scenes with cinematic heft, and of course, good music. Each episode plays out like a theorem being proven by different people and their unique stories.

When the Doorman is your Main Man” is a refreshingly light story of Unsaid Love™, which gets, more often than not, heavily dramatised. Totally my kind of “love is irrational” tale, and a severely memorable one at that. ★

When Cupid is a prying Journalist” is two stories rolled into one, with one overarching idea linking them – that love is even more fluid than you think, and how embracing the fate of could-have-beens can change the way you look at the love you now have in your hand. (cont) Also, the episode fully exploits, in a good way, the potential of drama in the character – the founder of a dating app who is meandering with his own love life. Is it cheesy? No. I’ll put it the way Patty Jenkins would – it is sincere. ★

In “Take me as I am, whoever I am“, Anne Hathaway’s loud bipolar act is devastating as much it is charming. The most important episode of the series for what it is talking about, and how powerfully it says the same. ★

“Rallying to keep the game alive” sort of threw me off with how hastily it deals with the conflict, but I get the point being made – Sometimes people should move on together, if they can afford it.

At the hospital, an interlude” is a very well-staged story of a date that manages to remain a pleasant one in spite of dealing with a physical accident. I liked every location written in this story and how they very subtly influence the characters’ exchanges. ★

So he looked like Dad. It was just dinner, right?” is probably the most complex territory the show gets into with the story of young girl falling for an old man. It doesn’t judge either of them, while you might be thinking it should have judged one.

Hers was a world of one” is one beautiful story of a gay couple who adopt a homeless woman’s baby. This isn’t just about the deed, but there’s politics being addressed in a very believable tone. Lovely episode, another among the memorable ones. ★

The race grows sweeter near the final lap” made me think if the title of the show really means anything – be it “modern” or the past, old or young, the way we express love might be changing, but the weight of it isn’t. Modern? More like Eternal Love.


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