Love Review

   Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 10.01.14 PM Love is a Netflix show that  came out a while back and I started watching it, it’s admittedly not that good but really entertaining. First of all, you might ask yourself, Why are you watching a Netflix original rom-com with no-recognizable talents on your spare time? To that I say I began watching Love because it represents a come-back story for the amazing Judd Apatow who went through a weird period of time in which he simply churned long un-funny movies, up until Trainwreck and I wanted to see if he could follow that success, plus, being a huge fan the Tim Burton’s original Pee Wee’s Big Adventure I wanted to see how Paul Rust writing was showcased with this series since he also wrote Pee Wee’s Big Holiday which I still haven’t got to because I was watching Love. Love as I mentioned before might not be the best thing ever but it does have enough in it to keep you hooked until the finale, its your basic entertainment from yesteryears on t.v. transitioned onto Netflix. Love starts off pretty good, Paul Rust exemplifies a complete dork, Gillian Jacobs is a revelation and together they paint a truly naturalistic relationship through various points in the series. The first episode delivers with what the pilot for this type of show should, the second episode is quite good and then it begins to waver with the third episode and especially the fourth episode which is really unbalanced with its laughs, pace and whatnot until Maggie Carey swoops in and saves the bad direction the series was taking under Slattery’s Party in the Hills. It is about this time in the series that some dramatic elements begin to be introduced with Jacobs’s character, and instead of wasting time like some episodes did beforehand the show actually begins developing its characters quite well and begins recognizes this should’ve been a miniseries, finding a way of making what could’ve been your filler episode number 7 into the greatest episode of the series as was done with Andy. Getting Joe Swanberg to come in and direct Andy was one of the greatest ideas conceived by Love’s runner, as he was able to make this random misadventures episode that wouldn’t really contribute that much to the series into a really fun wacky episode in which our two main characters don’t even see each other. Mid-way through its season Love finds a way to embrace itself and deliver on the promise of the show as you get The Date, Andy, and Magic which are probably the best episode in the series and then it all begins to crumble apart as the series tries to cram everything that was supposed to happen in those last three episodes for whatever reason and because of that the show begins to falter quite a bit. All of a sudden Jacobs’s character becomes utterly unlikable because up until this point she had maintained herself on this fine-line where she played not someone would necessarily root for but you still do because of her performance, her mixture of all these elements that don’t necessarily belong together but she perfectly aligns them in a way no one else could. It is even in these moments of total malevolence that she delivers with a strong performance even though as a viewer you’re completely annoyed by her change in character. Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, Paul Rust remains the same dork he was at the beginning of the season except now he’s got more edge to him and some sort of magic power in which he attracts stellar women. So, it is then that we reach the two last episodes of Love and the series actually does quite a good job balancing all the story-beats it rushes through in these last episodes, Claudia O’Doherty is given a nice little side-story which and the show is wrapped up with a little bow. And now this isn’t some mediocre bow, this is the most beautiful bow you’ve ever seen for a series that has struggled that much with itself, its an emotionally resonant bow that ends the series perfectly, completes a loop, and delivers on the promise of Love. I must say in these last episodes as Love executes whole story-lines as well as it can it takes some risky decisions that though resolved by the end of the season proved exciting as the episode was going on. Love is not perfect, but it’s not supposed be, Gillian Jacobs is stellar in it, its got some amazing bits and episodes to it and though it faltered by some iffy decisions when it comes to pacing the series does pay off if you had the right mindset once you started streaming it, guaranteeing it at a 73 out of 100.

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