Starring: Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightly
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various and loosely interrelated tales, all set in a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
I may lose all credibility here, but I absolutely love Love Actually. I think it is brilliant. It has everything. It is funny and heartbreaking, cheesy and beautiful all at the same time. It will have me cringing at the dialogue one minute and trying to hold back tears the next. And it ALWAYS puts me in a good mood by the end of it. It is full to the brim of great actors, some of the best of British are here, and Billy Bob Thornton randomly.
This film is full on, in your face sentimental. There is no getting away from that. A lot of people will hate it for that and that’s fine. You have to buy into it to enjoy it. But beyond the stupidness of the whole thing (seriously, there are many WTF?! moments) there are some great moments that can instantly bring a tear to my eye or a smile to my face. Anyone who counts this as a favourite will know the what I’m talking about:
- Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightly, cars, Silent Night
- Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, a necklace, Joni Mitchell
- Martin Freeman and Joanna Page, compromising positions
- The bloke from the BT adverts with Elisha Cuthbert and January Jones
- Bill Nighy acting like Keith Richards
And many, many more. There are some cringe worthy moments (I’m looking at you Hugh Grant) and some sweet moments (Liam Neeson and his son) and many in between.
Personally, it’s one of my favourites, but I can only recommend it with caution, because I’m guessing a lot of people will hate it!