HBO Max’s charming – albeit rather flat – import of BBC One sees Kendrick navigating New York life and love
Do you fancy some retro relationship drama? Not the filth of Fleabag, or the Normal People franchise, but something reminiscent of the most innocent Noughties: at Bridget Jones’ chunky panties, Rachel and Ross are definitely on hiatus, and at a time when you couldn’t imagine anything like that. coarser on TV as Samantha from Sex and the City discusses a Brazilian wax
Love Life (BBC One) is a cute little series imported from the American streaming service HBO Max It stars Anna Kendrick as Darby Carter, a romantic comedy name if there ever was one. is a young woman navigating adulthood in New York City and each half-hour episode deals with a different relationship, starting with Darby in her early twenties and following her into her thirties.
Kendrick, who got her breakout role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air, is a bubbly presence with enough sympathy to keep it together But the show is less than the sum of its parts The British actress Lesley Manville was recruited as an omniscient storyteller, dispensing wisdom in calming tones and upfront informing us that the average person has seven relationships before meeting the love of their life.
Manville has some pretty lines, including the observation that Darby aspires to reach the dating level « where you don’t change outfits because you see the person, you just wear what you wear because you are “You’d expect this voiceover to take us to some interesting places, but it doesn’t. Same thing happens with the storylines In the first episode, Darby meets Augie (Jin Ha) at a party They start to see each other, have a good time, he finds a job in Washington, DC, then they go their separate ways quite amicably There is no twist The next episode is slightly more interesting, as Darby starts dating his old one. boss and Kendrick plays with his comedic forces in funeral scene
The series is full of references to romantic comedies from the past, from Love Actually to Jane Austen Love Life displays that self-knowledge so not quite sure what to do with it in A Fun Watch, but it’s like a wasted opportunity
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