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Modern love is an Amazon series, which – as the title suggests – tells about the greater and lesser loves of modern New Yorkers. The production is inspired by New York Times columns and is balanced in terms of a romantic comedy-drama – some episodes take on a happier tone, while others touch more touching threads. And although the episodes can be watched independently (or at least apart from the last one, which is the textbook culmination of the story), the whole creates a really cool, full of sincere emotions, balanced series, the screening of which is even a pleasure.
The first production season consists of eight episodes, each of which lasts an average of 30 minutes – the formula of the series is very accessible, and all episodes can be swallowed one after the other because it does not take much time or energy. The short duration does not prevent us from becoming acquainted and enthusiastic about the individual heroes of the episodes, which is backed by a well-written script (in fact, scripts in the plural, because each episode has a different creative team behind it). The authors emphasize here primarily on showing emotions, and less on unnecessary lengthy intricate personal stories – we get to know the characters as much as is necessary for the current plot, and they are determined primarily by their actions. Despite the seemingly banal subject matter, a lot is happening in each episode, which is why they are watched with interest.
Of course, as it happens in the case of production consisting of many independent segments, also here we are dealing with more interesting and less interesting episodes. Episode 3 with a great one remains my favorite Anne Hathaway in the lead role – not only originally made, but also touching on the very important, still little publicized subject of mental disorders. The worst, in my opinion, is the episode from Tina Fey and John Slatterywho play a crisis-struggling married couple with many years of experience – this is where a bit of boredom actually creeps in. Certain deviations from the level, whether in a better or worse direction, do not, however, condition the reception of the whole – the series remains in the memory as a skilfully composed whole that touches and really evokes empathy, in addition to touching on various important topics with which it is possible to greater way to identify.
The series really focuses on the love of modern people – we do not have sloppy stories with flowers and hearts, but rather human heart problems that need to be dealt with in the crazy, not necessarily friendly 21st century. Some episodes, yes, have a sweet element in them, but they do not give the unpleasant impression of artificiality or fairy tales – all the problems outlined here are real, down-to-earth and you can really believe them. We have desperate people here, ready to love at any cost; there are passions but also betrayals; there is spontaneous love, but it is also very mature – everything fits together nicely, creating a diverse, valuable picture. The format of unrelated stories gives the creators a lot of room for maneuver – the first season does not indicate that the topic is going to overeat, so I will be happy to find out what we will be offered next.
Modern love it is a very good, varied and well-made production that evokes warm feelings and provokes individual reflection. We are dealing here with love in various forms and presented at different stages of life – everyone can find an episode with which they identify themselves to a greater or lesser extent. I am very positively surprised – it is a valuable proposition, so if you want a moment of emotions, I definitely recommend it.
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I am looking for reflection in artistic European productions, and in high-budget blockbusters – for spectacular special effects. I like when there is a lot going on on the screen, so epic fantasy and sci-fi movies have an added bonus for me. I have a special affection for the great movie sagas – The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Harry Potter – as well as good horror films and psychological films. I avoid romantic comedies and Eastern dug movies.