'With Love' Review: 5-episode series packed with comedy and drama is a great watch
Amazon Prime's latest show 'With Love' follows the Diaz siblings, Lily and Jorge, who are on a mission to find love and purpose. The Diaz siblings cross paths with seemingly unrelated residents during the holidays. 'With Love' stars Emeraude Toubia as Lily Diaz, Mark Indelicato as Jorge Diaz Jr, Vincent Rodriguez III as Henry, Rome Flynn as Santiago Zayas, Isis King as Sol Delgado, and Todd Grinnell as Dr Miles Murphy amongst others.
'Harlem': 5 things to know about Amazon Prime Video comedy series
'Everybody's Talking About Jamie': Release date and all about Amazon Prime movie
'With Love' is the kind of show people of any age would love to watch. It's got the best of everything - romance, comedy, drama, and all things lovey-dovey in the right mix to make the series a must-watch, especially with Christmas around the corner. The 5-episode show on Amazon Prime from Gloria Calderón Kellett (who also worked on 'One Day at a Time') does imminent justice to a fun-filled family series, set amidst the festive season.
One of the best aspects of the series is you won't realize where the time goes, and honestly, five episodes are a tad too little. The constant laughs, subtle humor paired with fresh drama is ideally a recipe for one's guilty pleasure, any day.
The premise follows the stories and lives of four couples, who are all connected to the Diaz family, a huge Mexican family that passes on a great deal of love from one generation to the other.
Season 1 of the series showcases intricate details, from Jorge (played by Mark Indelicato) introducing his family to his current bisexual boyfriend, Henry (played by Vincent Rodriguez III), to his hopeless romantic of a sister Lily (played by Emeraude Toubia) getting into a new relationship with a charming Santiago (played by Rome Flynn), as they eventually become a live-in couple.
The fresh take from the series is how religious the Diaz members are, and how much it matters to them that all good Christians must go to church. One might think this aspect is quite orthodox but not the elderlies of the Diaz family. In fact, when Henry gets more comfortable, he opens up about his sexual identity to Jorge's grandparents, who seem delighted, courteous, and all the more accepting of who he is as a person. Something like that is definitely rare to find in today's world.
The series also throws light on the seniors of the Diaz family, the lady of the house who constantly taunts her husband for eating fried food. He does anyway but announces that he loves his wife. A love like that - where one would listen to boring music just because it's their significant other's favorite, praise someone even if their voice is trashy, and most importantly, a love that is real; it's what we're all on the lookout for.
On the other hand, Lily and Jorge’s parents, Beatriz (played by Constance Marie) and Jorge Sr (played by Benito Martinez), change the mood with their story; they seem to have fallen out of love and there's hardly any spark between the two as a couple.
It's heartwarming to watch the character Sol, a genderqueer, who's Lilly's cousin (played by Isis King), flirt openly with her coworker, Dr Murphy (played by Todd Grinnel). The chemistry between the two is so welcoming and fresh, it's almost impossible to look away. From being acquaintances to coworkers and then into something more, this relationship feels more like a saving grace when it comes to the many tragic trans characters we see today, both in film and in real life.
'With Love' premieres on December 17, 2021, and can be watched on Amazon Prime.