LOVE - SEASON 1 REVIEW
- "Nobody ever pulls you aside and goes "Hey just so you know, relationships are fucking bullshit."" -
Time to drop some honesty: I'm a very sensitive bastard. I have a habit of wearing my heart on my sleeve, especially when it comes to relationships which is something I tend to back away from unless I'm sure of it because I know that love is more complicated than the movies make us think it is.
If a romantic comedy can do its job well and make me care about two characters that are falling for each other, no matter how sappy it is, I more often than not tend to get a kick out of it. I also believe that one of the things I romantic comedy should do is to make you wanna relate to the characters and make you feel like you could be in that relationship. I've seen movies that have tried that but not in the way that this show did.
Love is a Netflix original series created by Judd Apatow and it stars Gillian Jacobs as Mickey Dobbs and Paul Rust as Gus Cruikshank and Claudia O'Doherty as Bertie Bauer.
Gus is a lovable average nerd but Mickey is bit of a complex character. She's a sex and love addict, she has compulsion issues and has an edge that can make her a bit unlikable, but Gus thinks that's awesome and the two start to develop a relationship where they have to navigate that exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy and commitment that we all hope to avoid but have to deal with in every relationship. Oh, and Bertie is their mutual friend and Mickey's roommate.
On the surface, this show seems like a pretty standard rom-com. Boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they hang out, things get complicated, drama turns to melodrama and it becomes a "will they?/won't they?" kind of thing we've seen in countless movies before.
TV shows have a better chance of doing this genre justice because they have more room to explore and stretch out their characters and stories over the course of however many seasons until the charm gets lost and it becomes tedious.