Kit Harington is kind of finest identified for enjoying only one function and, tragically, it’s not daffy tennis participant Charles Poole in HBO’s insane mockumentary 7 Days in Hell. No, Kit Harington’s title is synonymous with that of Jon Snow, the brooding, duty-driven, sword-wielding, honor-bound hero of the long-running sequence Game of Thrones. His work in that movie has seen him typecast as a sword-and-sandals hero in catastrophe movie Pompeii and voicing a “dragon-keeper” the How to Train Your Dragon sequence.
Kit Harington was nice as Jon Snow. He actually was! He understood that character’s distinctive mix of interior torture and medieval heroics. However Game of Thrones vastly underutilized each Harington’s romantic and comedian sensibilities. While Harington has proven he might be humorous in initiatives just like the aforementioned 7 Days in Hell and internet hosting SNL, his current visitor starring function in Amazon’s Modern Love Season 2 suggests there’s much more than meets the attention with Harington. That is, he’s not simply an untapped comedy star, however the excellent main man for a new period of rom-coms.
Modern Love is a Prime Video anthology sequence impressed by The New York Times column of the identical title. The first season featured star turns from the likes of Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, and Dev Patel. In Season 2, showrunner John Carney will get to infuse a bit extra of his native Irish sensibility into the sequence. At least, within the third episode, “Strangers on a Train.” The 35 minute love story relies on (*2*) in the course of the top of the pandemic about a meet cute undone by the results of the COVID-19 lockdown. Carney reinvents the story utilizing movie references, musical interludes, and Ireland as a setting. It is, as followers of Once and Sing Street, will be aware, the primary time John Carney has gone full “John Carney” within the anthology.
Modern Love “Strangers on a Train” opens with a younger medievalist named Paula (Lucy Boynton) nervously surveying the passengers boarding her prepare from Galway to Dublin. Finally, a good-looking man, Kit Harington’s Michael, catches her eye, however seemingly chooses a trendier magnificence to take a seat with. The bookworm is upset, till the 2 strike up a dialog and magic occurs. The characters themselves liken it to the traditional romance Before Sunrise and the opposite passengers sing an impromptu music about their “Meet Cute.” The two determine to, moderately romantically, eschew sharing numbers or final names. Instead, they are going to meet once more, in two weeks’ time on the prepare station. You know, when this complete “Covid” factor blows over.
There are a myriad of the explanation why the theme of this episode may flip somebody off. After all, it’s a rom-com set in the course of the pandemic, there are musical interludes, and Kit Harington and Lucy Boynton placed on faux (however passing to my ear) Irish accents. If John Carney’s saccharine-sweet model of affection is gross to you, this episode of Modern Love shall be disgusting. However, if in case you have smooth spot for any John Carney joint set throughout tumultuous instances in Dublin and that includes Jack Reynor as a “cool” older brother attempting to supply his barely nerdy brother recommendation on chasing Lucy Boynton, you’ll find it irresistible. (For Sing Street reasons.)
One of the explanations I discovered it charming? Harington and Boynton’s chemistry. Harington specifically is humorous, informal, romantic, and dashing. It’s the uncommon mixture of skills that actors must promote a rom-com in any period. The incontrovertible fact that Harington hasn’t starred in a large display romantic comedy but looks like some kind of crime. (One hopes he will get to stretch these romance muscle tissue a bit extra in Marvel’s Eternals, however the MCU has a unhealthy monitor file in relation to real love.)
If Modern Love “Strangers on a Train” does something effectively — in addition to being twee — it’s making the case for “Kit Harington: major rom-com lead.”