The Pursuit of Love review – a war period drama propped by brilliant performances Lily James and Emily Beecham knock it out of the park.

July 30, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Amazon Prime, TV Reviews
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Summary

It’s a strange microscope into the past, wrapped in comedy and style while nailing the period.

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Summary

It’s a strange microscope into the past, wrapped in comedy and style while nailing the period.

This review of the Amazon Original series The Pursuit of Love does not contain spoilers.

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There’s something delightful about this three-part mini-series. It has this notion of sisterhood pre-World War Two, with two brilliant women leads taking hold of the ironies of being a woman in a confusing and anticipated time. The story sells this bubble; a space in time where love is pursued, but for what purpose? There’s this idea that friendship needs to be preserved, so judgments can be embraced and delivered. The Pursuit of Love is a naive story of a privileged life before it becomes isolated.

The lead characters, Fanny (played by Emily Beecham) and Linda (played by Lily James) are “two peas in a pod” but both with different ideas of what they want in life. Starting the series trapped in a countryside estate, Fanny and Linda are waiting to find love — one by sensible means while the other flirts with the idea of this idealistic passion-filled life. Fanny drives for family life; finding a good husband and having children while Linda wants a husband, but vows to maintain her youth. It’s a brilliant clash of ideas, especially during a time when war is brewing.

The performances of the leading women are on-point. On the one hand, they embrace the period while on the other, they slide in modern-day humorous undertones. It’s the type of series where it’s easy to forget what time they are in; a little like Bridgerton but certainly less outrageous. The Pursuit of Love earnestly relies on the chemistry of the two women, while slowly peeling away at their differences. As the series moves forward, it’s quite clear that Fanny and Linda are living different lives.

But this idea that friendship is long-lasting is a well-delivered concept. While the story prowls on finding the ultimate love, there’s one constant — Fanny and Linda’s bond. Fanny is that one best friend (and also her cousin) you can always rely on, even in the darkest of times. Even when she’s angry at you, there’s this certainty she will be there. And as for Linda, she’s that frustrating friend who can light up the room, but at the same time, make you irrationally angry at their choices and behaviors. It’s fascinating as you watch them both, as you decide which friend you are in reality.

Amazon’s The Pursuit of Love enjoys zeroing in on the bubble; this expectancy that a woman must either settle for a family or enjoy youth — there’s no social norm for both in this era. It’s a strange microscope into the past, wrapped in comedy and style while nailing the period. At only three episodes, the mini-series will not set the world alight, but it’s certainly a worthwhile viewing and one that will linger in your mind for a few days.

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