What is the story about?
As the series expands beyod the city of New York, eight different stories deal with romance, heartbreak and second chances.
In its first outing, Modern Love, which was based on the beloved column from The New York Times was like a breath of fresh air. Some of the stories were terrific, but overall, you felt the series could have been so much better and more willing to explore complex narratives. In Season 2, creator John Carney takes the audacious decision of shifting some of the stories outside New York, and that seems to breathe new life into this anthology. The stories are richer and more varied in texture, whether it be a middle-aged doctor who can't bring herself to sell her old car because it reminds her of her ex-husband, or two strangers who try to strike up a romance on a train only to have the coronavirus lockdown derail all their plans, or even two men who remember their affair and breakup differently. Barring one or two stories, where the stories get really weird and abrupt, the rest of the stories are a breeze to sit through, and if you like your dose of romance this Independence Day weekend, you might want to pull up a chair for Season 2.
Most of the performances are very good. Kit Harrington is terrific in Strangers on a (Dublin) Train, conveying a sweetness and lightness of touch that is hard to resist. Minnie Driver is in smashing form in On A Serpentine Road, With The Top Down, playing Stephanie, a woman still very much in love with her late first husband. Marquis Rodriguez and Zane Pais are excellent as two ex-lovers in How Do You Remember Me?, while Tobias Menzies is charming as ever as a man falling in love with his ex-wife in A Second Embrace, with Hearts and Eyes Open. The rest of the cast are okay.
Music & Other Departments
The music and cinematography are lovely and complement the stories beautifully.
Most of the episodes are pleasant to watch, and very heartfelt.
In the Waiting Room of Estranged Spouses, that features a depressed man falling in love with the ex-wife of the man his own wife was having an affair with, gets too bizarre to watch at times.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
Watch this if you loved the premise of Season 1, and are a romance fan.