Modern Love: A Declaration of Love in all its Forms
Warning, this is one for the sentimental. For the people who love Nora Ephron, Love Actually and the Metro’s ‘Rush Hour Crush’ column. Modern Love is a new Amazon Prime series comprised of eight, thirty-minute episodes based on short stories from the New York Times. The project began 15 years ago as a column, four years ago it became a podcast, and now it is a tv show. Each tale is written and directed by different people, creating short stand-alone stories that explore the lives and loves of people across the city. It boasts an all-star cast, delivering Andrew Scott (better known as the hot priest from Fleabag), Anne Hathaway, Andy Garcia, Dev Patel, and yet another cameo from Ed Sheeran in the rom-com genre (why?) Watching these stars interact on screen is definitely part of the series’ charm. Tina Fey and John Slattery (Mad Men) playing tennis, in the rain, in New York, is always going to be worth a watch.
Anne Hathaway and Gary Carr in Amazon Prime's Modern Love (2019)
The overarching theme of the show, as you can probably tell from the title, is love. Love in all of its different forms: parental, friendship, romantic, old and young. A range of sensitive issues are touched upon, from single motherhood to dealing with mental health disorders. You may be wondering, how do you capture all of this in a thirty-minute format? Well, this of course depends on short cuts and elements of simplification. We are left with a surface level insight into the characters and their lives, there is no time for backstory or supporting cast. These stories are very much rooted in the now and the love their characters are pursuing.