Release year: 2003
Director: Richard Curtis
Screenwriter: Richard Curtis
Starring: Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kiera Knightley, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson, Martine McCutcheon
Ratings: 3 Empire Awards: Best Newcomer (Martine McCutcheon), Best British Film, Best British Actress (Emma Thompson)
In the month leading up to Christmas we follow eight different couples each dealing with love and each connected to each other in one way or another.
If you are familiar with Richard Curtis’s other movies, then you know what to expect from Love Actually. The movie opens and ends with real life footage filmed at Heathrow airport, perfectly underlining the theme of the movie, that love truly is all around us. Where movies that follow the stories of several character, often has the problem that you wish you could focus more on some and forget the rest, Love Actually overcome this problem with a wide range of incredible likeable characters with gripping stories, making you happy to follow each and everyone. Hugh Grant, who has previously worked in Curtis scripted movies on Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), here deliver one of his best performances as the lovestruck prime minister and McCutcheon (Jump! 2008) is surprisingly sweet and warm as the object of his feelings. The cast consists of some of the most talented British actors all shining in each their own way, particular Thompson (Sense and Sensibility 1995) and Neeson (Taken 2008) in some of the most tender roles of the movie, while Atkinson (Johnny English 2003) and Nighy (Shaun of the Dead 2004) brings the comic relief with particular Nighy leaving an impression with his aging Rock Star and his terrible Christmas version of “Love is All Around”. A homage to love, a wonderful Christmas story with plenty of holiday spirit and a brilliant and well-acted movie.
Richard Curtis’s college girlfriend left him for a guy named Bernard. Since then there has been a fairly unpopular character named Bernard in all his screenplay. Here it is Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman’s “horrid son”.
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