Love Life S2 (2021) Review

A deeper and more relatable depiction of complicated adult relationships

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Love Life S2 (2021) Review
Platform
Lionsgate Play
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
ROMCOM
Language
English

What is the story about?

Love Life season 1 dealt with Darby and her relationships including her doomed marriage and then her finding peace in motherhood and co-parenting. In Season 2, we are introduced to Marcus Watkins who is in a loveless marriage with his highschool sweetheart, Emily. His world turns upside down when he meets Mia Whines, who is in a relationship as well. They are both drawn to each other, and whether they give into temptations or not forms the rest of the story. 

Analysis

Like the first season Love Life season 2 also deals with the complicated love life of the central character. Unlike, the previous season where Anna Kendrick's Darby was in search of love and a happily-ever-after, William Jackson Harper's Marcus has already found love, is living his happily-ever-after, yet is on his way out of it. Like Darby, Marcus too realises that his marriage was a mistake. He, like Darby, has trysts with several women in the course of the episodes that we saw, but it is his connection with Mia that seems to strike a chord. The second season shows more promise and has more deeper and meaningful relationships. Even the struggles that Marcus faces with the women he dates seem relatable. Since, the main idea of the series is to watch the lead characters struggle through a barrage of bad dates and relationships, till they find the one, the second outing also doesn't stray from the main premise. Marcus, whose marriage has disintegrated, is seen having multiple hookups, flings, bad dates, and even relationships based only on sex. He however, forms a deeper and a meaningful platonic friendship with Mia and that becomes the main focus of the story. This season has also opened conversations around race and the impact it has on career and relationships.

Performances

William Jackson Harper is handsome and charming throughout the series. Even through the mess he makes in his relationships, you feel like rooting for him. He's stands out as Marcus and his chemistry with Jessica Williams is quite evident. Jessica as Mia, a dry witted girl wins you over with her simplistic performance. It was also heartening to see veteran actress Jessica Hubert of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star as Marcus's mother. 

Music & Other Departments

With rom-coms, you never have to worry about the soundtracks, because you get to hear all kinds of music during the run of the series or movie. The camera shots are fantastic and the series has been written well. 

Highlights

  • William Jackson Harper's brilliant acting
  • William and Jessica's chemistry
  • A rom-com that offers a perspective from the point of view of a man dealing with divorce and dating after divorce.
  • Explores more complicated adult relationships than season 1

Drawbacks

Jessica William's Mia needed a bit more character development.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes. Who's to say dating is difficult only for women and not for men? You read about bad dating experiences of women, but rarely do you encounter a man sharing his side of bad dates. Well, this season of Love Life explores that angle. 

Do I recommend it?

Yes. This is a fun, light-hearted watch. 



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