Modern Love review - A monstrous waste of great acting talent

Modern Love review - A monstrous waste of great acting talent
Amazon Prime Video
Movie Rated

There is little that can go wrong when an anthology consists of Hollywood power-weights such as Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway, Catherine Keener, Andy Garcia, Andrew Scott, Julia Garner, Dev Patel. However, Amazon's take on modern-day relationships in the Big Apple, Modern Love, is as vapid and boring as it can get. We get it, love stories are predictable, but in the times of Netflix's Easy which is not only progressive but also diverse in terms of representation of modern and contemporary love, Modern Love is left behind in the race. Easy, had a diverse cast, an extremely nuanced take on relationships, but Modern Love is predictability packed in a new bottle. Plot: Modern Love is based on the infamous column in the New York Times, which had several people sharing instances of their human interest stories. Modern Day kicks off with a doorman who's paternal instincts for a woman residing in a building he works, makes him her go-to guy and 3 am buddy. So much so that she is the one who confides in him about the unwanted pregnancy and he gives her life advice. The second story is about a dating app developer, who is on the lookout for a lost love himself and gets advice from a journalist who is interviewing him. Without divulging more of the storylines, which include a date ending up in a hospital, a couple finding ways to reconnect after 20 years of marriage, a gay couple trying to adopt a child. What struck the most is the story of a woman who suffers from bipolar disorder and how she navigates through life and men, with her affliction. This is by far the strongest and evocative story of the anthology. Writing: For a column based on true and real-life stories, the characters seemed to be based only on the lives of the upper-middle class in New York. Netflix's Easy had more relatable characters, while Amazon Prime seems to have concentrated on writing which is non-controversial and suited for a PG-13 audience. True it is sans the nudity and the love-making scenes which Easy had infused as the main part of their storylines, but it also lacks the empathy and the human touch. You seem alienated from most of the storylines because there is no representation nor any diversity. All the lead characters seem to be living comfortable lives in their plush apartments in New York. Their struggles seem to have been written for crowds that frequent the salad bars and the dairy-free ice cream joints. For example- The most evocative story was that of a woman suffering from bipolar disorder, but she lives quite an affluent life as she works as an entertainment lawyer. She doesn't struggle to make ends meet nor with finding affordable therapy as most patients with bipolar disorder do. Another story which can strike a chord is that of the woman who becomes obsessed with a much-older colleague of hers, as she yearns for some fatherly love in her life. Acting: For a star cast comprising of Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway, John Slattery, Catherine Keener, Dev Patel, Andy Garcia, Julia Garner, there is nothing that can go wrong with the acting bit. All the actors, however, have been wasted by a shoddy script. For a star cast comprising actors worth their salt, the writing is a huge letdown. When it comes to content, clearly Netflix is the king. Amazon Prime has once again proven how it is miles behind when it comes to portraying 'modern love' the way Netflix does. Relationships aren't easy, but after seeing Modern Love, one wonders if one can relate or empathise with any of the characters. True we get it, Amazon doesn't want to be as bold and in your face as Netflix's Easy, but Modern Love seems more like a multi-starrer rom-com than a realistic take on love and relationships. In the modern dating lingo, we swipe left on Modern Love.

Rating: 2/5

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