Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually (2003)

Love Actually 2003Starring: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley, Thomas Sangster, Alan Rickman

Directed by: Richard Curtis

Written By: Richard Curtis

Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 15 min

Two cents:

Some how this all works. A huge gathering of a-list talent, and a staggering number of story lines all manage to intertwine and overlap, and do so with such charm, it’s easy to overlook some of the more cheesy elements in this film. In fact, I’d say it was a pleasure to just give into Love Actually, and enjoy every moment of it.

The title says it all. It’s about love, actually. All manner of relationships, whether they are between two lovers, or two friends. Love between a brother and sister. Love lost, and then found again. Unrequited love, and a child’s first crush. It’s pretty much all here, and it’s impeccably written and directed by Richard Curtis. The cast do a fantastic job too, especially Emma Thompson, and Thomas Sangster.

Movie Prep:

There are a lot of stories to keep track of. But I think you’ll do yourself a disservice if you try to keep track of who knows who and how and why. It’s easier to just process each story separately, and just enjoy each character or story connection if you happen to notice one. If you’re a sucker for a well made, well written romantic comedy complete with the clichéd overblown ending. Then you’re going to love this. If that kind of film doesn’t appeal to you – the end of Love Actually isn’t likely going to move you.

Best Format:

This is a decently shot movie with a very nice score. But this would be better viewed at home during the holidays. Get yourself comfortable and cosied up with your favorite holiday drink and enjoy!

Best stories:

The story of Harry (Alan Rickman) and his wife and Karen (Emma Thompson) – and the other woman.

The story with Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz) – the story of new love.

The story about Sam (Thomas Sangster) and Daniel (Liam Neeson) – the first crush.

Worst story:

The carnal adventures of Colin (Kris Marshall) in the USA. This is good for a couple of quick laughs, but doesn’t contribute anything to the film’s central theme.

References: IMDB

 

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