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Connor Macgregor Reviews...Love Life

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Love Life is an American romantic comedy anthology streaming television series created by Sam Boyd that premiered on the HBO Max streaming service for its launch on May 27, 2020

This was a series I watched in a few days. Really good. Love anthology stories in film and TV, And I also really like Anna Kendrick. It is going to be fun to review because it is all based around the men that come in and out of Anna Kendrick's life in this story, as well as some flashbacks and character moments that I really enjoyed.

I'm looking forward to this. Should be fun.





Connor Macgregor Reviews...Love Life
1x01 - Augie Jeong


INTRO: Another show to start reviewing and one that will be more fun to do. This is Anna Kendrick. This is Love Life.

SUMMARY:
WARNING: "Summary" spoilers below
While at a karaoke night in 2012, Darby meets Augie Jeong, who immediately begins flirting with her. The two spend the night together, and she gives him her number before he leaves the next morning. After several agonizing days when Darby talks to her roommates about whether or not to text him first, he finally texts her. The two start a relationship. After several months, Augie announces he'll be leaving town to report on the Obama re-election campaign. On his last night in town, they attend Darby's boss's wedding, where the two say "I Love You" for the first time. They discuss staying in touch via Skype, but it seems unlikely their relationship will continue. He leaves the next morning. The final seconds of the episode flash forward to Darby walking down the street, pregnant, with a bare ring finger.


THOUGHTS: The opening of this episode is good and sets the tone for the series to follow. I love the unique idea of this story as I love anthology shows, and Love Life easily hooked me in with little effort. Anna Kendrick is her ususal cooky quirky self, with very fun friends and ultimately a very positive look on life. The show itself starts off very light hearted and relaxed, which is good to see following watching shows which are very doom and gloom. Regarding Augie, I like that he is very chilled out and cool and you do get the sense that he is very laid back and not a challenge or problem for Darby whatsoever. That being said, the episode did run a bit too quick and I was eager for a bit more out of the couple. Darby at the end gets a bit childish and emotional and isn't paired often very well. I thought the episode was a good opener and there is a eagerness from me to keep going and see this story on, with this episode in a way being a tater sample for the rest of the series.

END OF RELATIONSHIP:
WARNING: "Spoiler" spoilers below
Offered a job with Politico as an embed which he goes for, meaning the end of the relationship.


RATING: 66% - B





Connor Macgregor Reviews...Love Life
1x02 - Bradley Field


INTRO: Darby's love life continues to move in spectacular speed as she moves onto a married man and ends up in an awkward situation for herself.

SUMMARY:
WARNING: "Summary" spoilers below
One year later, Darby starts a relationship with her former boss, Bradley, who's recently divorced. He's older and successful, leaving her insecure. She attempts to rekindle her interest in photography by taking a class, but she receives only criticism and drops out. The difference in age and maturity between Darby and Bradley comes to a head when she gets drunk at his father's wake and embarrasses them both. Following their breakup, she purchases a photo from a former classmate, her apparent first stab at collecting art.


REVIEW: So remember the man who got married in Episode One. Well it didn't work up and his life has suddenly fallen all over the place and is not well together overall. He gets with Darby and their relationship is just a mess throughout the episode, which culminates in a very embarrasing funeral sequence which is hard to watch. The episode is interesting in that it plays Kate in a more antagonistic way as well as putting Darby in an awkward position, after she gets embarrased and drunk at a funeral. I also found the photography scenes quite silly to watch as they do not really go anywhere for Darby later in the series. However Darby's negotiating skills did impress me when she was trying to buy a photograph.

END OF RELATIONSHIP:
WARNING: "Spoiler" spoilers below
Couldnít be in a relationship following his fatherís death.


RATING: 73% - B+





Connor Macgregor Reviews...Love Life
1x03 - Danny Two Phones


INTRO: Darby has a one night stand and it leads to quite an awkward situation.

SUMMARY:
WARNING: "Summary" spoilers below
Another year passes, and Darby runs into Augie, who's quit his job and is preparing to travel the country in a van with his new girlfriend. Darby's roommate Sara drags her to a party to make her stop thinking about Augie. But Sara feels guilty she skipped her boyfriend's cousin's bris to go to the party, and after kissing another guy in a game of spin the bottle, she leaves for the bris, where her boyfriend Jim's relative tells her to let Jim go if he's not the one. Meanwhile Darby ends up sleeping with a guy, Danny, from the party, but she's turned off by his intensity and lies that she's moving to Cleveland. Later, she runs into him while she's working at the Whitney, and Danny says she hurt him. Darby apologizes, realizing she's made him feel the way guys have made her feel. Again she runs into Augie, who's arguing with his girlfriend about the road trip they're embarking on the next day. Darby leaves for a job interview at an auction house. As Augie's girlfriend loads the van, Augie scrolls through Darby's social media.


REVIEW: This is a one night stand episode overall. Darby is at a party where she can barely talk to anyone which is quite relatable to a lot of people who were awkward at parties. The guy is a bit weird but nice enough that Darby ends up getting it on with him. However, as this episode moves on, I cannot help but feel that Darby comes off as the villian iin this episode, not intentionally though. That being said, the resolution is a nice one, and allows Darby to be free and more defined in enjoying the one off night stands. There is also Augie, who returns, with a new girlfriend. It's an awkward scene somewhat, but good to know that Augie is having his own life with his own direction. There is also a subplot with Darby's best friends and their relationship potentially becoming a stumbling block in the future.

END OF RELATIONSHIP:
WARNING: "Spoilers" spoilers below
One night stand.


RATING: 74% - B+





Connor Macgregor Reviews...Love Life
1x04 - Magnus Land


INTRO: Magnus Land is the next romantic partner in Darby's life and one that will certainly leave an impact on Darby in more ways than one.

SUMMARY:
WARNING: "Summary" spoilers below
After a series of casual relationships, Darby begins dating Magnus Lund, a chef. He seems perfect: fun, successful, affectionate, and great with Darby's mom. After a vacation to the country, he moves in with Darby. But on the same day Darby gets a promotion at the auction house, Magnus is fired, sending him into a depression. He watches sports and drinks a lot, and Darby begins to resent that she's supporting them both. After a fight, Magnus seems motivated to look for a job, but he leaves the house one morning and doesn't return for 24 hours. Darby, scared and worried, goes through his stuff and finds a birthday card from another woman, past-due bills, and credit card debt. Her friends describe Magnus as shady and a flirt. When he finally comes home, still wearing his job-hunting suit, he reveals he's gotten her name tattooed on his chest, and he asks her to marry him. Meanwhile, Sara begins to worry she's outgrown Jim like a youthful tattoo.


REVIEW: Very quickly, the show establishes just how good of a catch Magnus is so far compared to Darby's other two partners. Magnus comes across as charismatic and unique with a very alternative lifestyle and job. And as a couple, Darby & Magnus work as a couple with convincing chemistry that works well off each other. That being said, the cracks between Jim & Sara become more clear through the episode. However, with Magnus's problems becoming more clear and coming to light, it leaves Darby really wondering whether Magnus is really the one for her. However, a cliffhanger ending throws everything into motion with Anna Kendrick delivering a more dramatic performance than before, teasing an intriguing future for Darby going forward.

END OF RELATIONSHIP:
WARNING: "Spoilers" spoilers below
Doesnít. Magnus Proposes.


RATING: 89% - A-