Amazon prime’s romantic comedy series talks about love and relationships that transcends conventional barometers.
It would be highly inappropriate on the part of entertainment writers if we don’t speak enough about how unique and prodigious Amazon Prime’s ‘Modern Love‘ is. Having binge-watched the eight-episode rom-com series (countless times), it’s so unfair to pick only five moments that destroyed all my prejudicial perceptions about LOVE. And here we are, ranking five best moments of Modern Love from this brilliant anthology that is based on personal essays of eight real-life events from the NY Times column Modern Love
- Anne Hathaway plays a character with bipolar disorder in Modern Love
- Modern Love moments that will make you cry for hours
- Dev Patel becomes universal crush– plays Joshua in episode 2
- Episode 8 resurfaces all the characters from prior episodes
5. Finding a common ground
Episode 4 of Modern Love leaves a mark in fans’ hearts as it navigates through the turbulent married life of a couple who’s love life has hit rock bottom ever since their growing children start leaving the house. Sarah played by Tina Fey finds it annoying that her husband Dennis (John Slattery) who is an actor, hardly makes time for her; rather keeps himself busy with movie premiers and lavish parties. Theircouples therapist, therefore, advises them to spend more time together and explore common interests.
In order to “Keep the Game alive,” they start spending quality time playing tennis. Sarah and Dennis (who looks a lot like John McEnroe) eventually are able to start ‘Afresh’ by getting over their failures and playing a lot more tennis.
4. A casual rendezvous that led to an epiphany
Joshua and Julie tell us why you should never let go of a second chance at love. As Julie (who is a journalist) walks down the New York street with Joshua (CEO of a Dating app) in hopes of getting an interview with him, strikes a chord with her first question- “Have you ever been in love?”. Joshua relives his memory when he talks about his ex-lover Emma who happens to be engaged for two years now. Though Joshua has almost let go of that spark, Julie tells him, “not knowing will mess you up”.
Narrating an unfulfilled promise that she made to her lover 17 years ago, is undoubtedly the best part of the episode 2.
“When Cupid is a prying journalist” gives us an earnest account of two love stories; unforgiven and unforgotten.
3. You’ve got a
Friend father in me
The first episode slashes through the rudimentary doorman-tenant relationship as we come to know about Guzmin who offers great help to Maggie as she decides to raise her baby alone. Guzmin offers meaningful advices to Maggie throughout the episode (even when she refuses to listen to him), whom he treats like his daughter.
“Don’t do it because you’re scared. You must own your actions in life” is a lesson fans going to remember forever. Thanks to Guzmin (played by Laurentius Possa) for being the caring-doorman we never knew existed.
2. The race grows sweeter near its final lap
The tale of Margot and Kenji screams you are never too old for love and fans was living for itas the eight-episode marathon binge-watch came full circle. The story about an older couple who bond with each other over their love for running. Margot helps Kenji get over the loss of his departed wife which brings them closer.
Cut to the opening scene where Margot is attending (her husband) Kenji’s funeral. She makes viewerscry ugly when she talks about Kenji and how “Old love is different, yet, it is also the same. Because Ken and I did everything that young people do. We fell in love, we travelled, we remodelled a house together, we planted a garden, I finished a memoir, he called me sweetheart.”
1. Lexi and Sylvia have my heart
“Take Me as I Am, Whoever I Am” deserves the top spot according as it navigates through two extremely sensitive yet burning issues of finding love and mental illnesses. The 34-minutes episode describes the journey of an entertainment lawyer (Lexi) who struggles with bipolar disorder which has deeply affected her personal and professional life.
One moment she is prancing around the parking lot like Emma Stone from La La Land and the next moment she is shown crawled up in bed, sobbing and unable to move. Anne Hathaway starrer episode takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster; describing how she comes to make peace with herself
Lexi finally decides to open up about her untreated condition to a co-worker named Sylvia who lovingly accepts her without any judgement and quotes “You are the most fun I’ve ever been around. I’m not letting that go.” Everyone deserves a ‘Sylvia’ in their lives.
Every story is so beautiful and unique in its own way. Each character reminds us that love has countless forms; it can reach us at any point in our lives; we just have to be brave enough to accept it.