Monday is all about the high and lows of a new relationship but add in a foreign country and an extreme spectrum of emotions. Monday follows the story of Mickey, played by Sebastian Stan from the Avengers franchise, and Chloe, played by Denis Gough who will be in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. Mickey and Chloe are in their 30s living in Athens, who meet in the heat of summer on one whirlwind weekend. From the first 10 minutes, the audience gets wrapped into their highly passionate relationship. The couple meet randomly at a house party, where Mickey is DJing, and they end up naked on the beach the next morning. After being released from a brief police encounter, they party some more, and soon after meeting, it is time for Chloe to go back to America. Somehow, Mickey convinces her to stay with him in Athens instead. They jump straight into living together after a couple passionate nights. Once you get in trouble for public nudity together after a night of being completely wasted, one can assume the relationship could skip a couple steps.
The move-in has some hiccups, which was expected. Mickey convinces her to let go of the one item she treasured most, her couch. It is not simple merging two lives together in an apartment even if you have fallen madly in love with them. But, overall, the couple keeps making the bad good, mostly by covering it all up with sex. Literally, they have sex on the very couch he persuades her to get rid of even after she seemed adamant about keeping it. Side note: this should always be a red flag. You cannot sex your way to a happily ever after, even if it is crazy passionate.
As they continue learning and living together, they naturally find out more about each other. Although most of the film puts more emphasis on Mickey, not Chloe, there is a lot to unpack about them as individuals and a couple as we see more unfold. Chloe continues finding out the less sexy, passionate side of Mickey. As his ex-girlfriend and child’s mother stated at a luncheon with Chloe, “he is a child.” Mickey comes across inconsiderate, childish, a bit manipulative, and insecure. The bit we see into Chloe’s character comes when we meet her ex-boyfriend who seems to be a narcissist. We wonder what she went through in that last relationship when they have a tense conversation in the corner. But, before we can digest that bit, it turns right back to Mickey and his issues. After Mickey embarrasses them both at the event along with another event specific to Chloe’s character development, Chloe seems to become a more negative person. She drinks even more and is a lot more stressed.
They both have character flaws, but I think the ultimate point is that love is messy, especially in the first year (if you make it that long). The ultimate question in this film is: can you make it from the wild and fun Friday to the inevitable reality check on Monday? Love is not all sex and roses, but if you both can support, love, and compromise rather than just take and take, then you may have a fighting chance. As you watch this love story, you will likely think “they’re not gonna make it.”