I watched this film a few years ago and remembered it being good, so when Christmas came around again, I decided to re-watch it. Although this film isn’t strictly a Christmas film, it would have to be one of the best. Warning that this post may contain spoilers.
Love Actually was made in 2003, and was written and directed by Richard Curtis, directed by Duncan Kenworthy, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Lisa Chasin.
As far as romantic comedies go, this one takes the cake. Taking a quick skim over the plot on Wikipedia, you’d assume that the film is a swirling vortex of confusion, with far too many characters and plots to get your head around. Yet surprisingly, this is not true. There seem to be a few storylines that are major, and yet it’s the minor stories that I prefer, my favourite being the relationship between Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz). The storylines are also amazing because most of them sort of link up to each other, at some points at least.
One of the things I really like about this film is that it doesn’t just show romantic love (although this is the primary theme). It also shows the love between parent and child, friends and siblings such as the relationship between Sarah (Laura Linney) and her brother, Michael (Michael Fitzgerald). This is rarely shown in romantic movies, let alone romantic comedies.
One thing to be greatly admired about Love Actually is its incredible cast list including; Alan Rickman (Harry), Emma Thompson (Karen), Hugh Grant (David), Keira Knightly (Juliet), Colin Firth (Jamie), Martin Freeman (John) and Rowan Atkinson (Rufus). This, of course, makes the acting brilliant. It’s just all, perfect and amazing. Usually I couldn’t really care less what celebrity is in a film (except in fangirling cases) but in this movie it actually makes a difference, and you can tell.
Overall, the film is very heart-warming, in a good-corny kind of way. One of the best parts is the way that the start of the movie links up to the ending (I love it when they do that). The real-life footage of Heathrow Airport really seems to sum up the essence of the the movie. These scenes at the begining and at the end of the film always have me struggling not to burst into tears. This is the first quote of the film:
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.
Some scenes are also hilariously funny, which means the film actually lives up to being a romantic comedy something that other rom-coms really seem to forget. I love a movie that can make me laugh and cry.
The music is mostly actual songs, and doesn’t have very much of a score. The best thing about these songs is that they weren’t just newly-released songs from the time the film was released. It includes songs that go as early as 1818 (Silent Night) and non-Christmas songs as early as 1957 (Catch a Falling Star).
Favourite scene: The beginning and the ending
Least favourite scene: When Karen finds out that Harry is cheating on her
Favourite character/actor: Prime Minister David (Hugh Grant)
Least favourite character/actor: Karl (Rodrigo Santoro)
Rating; 4/5 stars