Love Actually

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Love Actually
Eight or nine plotlets, a castlist the size of a rugby scrum. Whatever persuaded first-time director Curtis that he could handle this lot, we can only hope that a hype-happy press and the biggest audience money can buy won't persuade him he's carried it off. This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong. Alternately sentimental and silly, it aims wide, and misses. On the one hand, we have Neeson comforting his lovesick 11-year-old; Linney with a loony in her attic; and Knightley as a newlywed with a not-so-secret admirer - none of whom is remotely funny. On the other, there's Firth as a jilted writer failing to communicate with his comely Eastern European maid; a couple of movie stand-ins bonking; and McCutcheon as Number Ten's tealady, catching the eye of Grant's PM (even Tony Blair looks credible in comparison). Hard to decide which mini-sitcom is most ludicrous, but it's clear the broader canvas hasn't afforded Curtis a longer perspective on society. His upper middle class twits have no more depth than his lower middle class twats. Stranded in this boutique confection are two stand-out performances: Emma Thompson is genuinely touching as the wife of philandering Alan Rickman; and Bill Nighy has a ball as an old rocker with a Christmas comeback single - a record no more crass or pre-packaged than this shameless yuletide schmaltz.

Release details

Duration: 135 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Curtis
Screenwriter: Richard Curtis
Cast: Alan Rickman
Bill Nighy
Colin Firth
Emma Thompson
Hugh Grant
Laura Linney
Liam Neeson
Martine McCutcheon
Andrew Lincoln
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Gregor Fisher
Heike Makatsch
Keira Knightley
Kris Marshall
Lucia Moniz
Rowan Atkinson
Billy Bob Thornton
Claudia Schiffer

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Eneko M

Having watched this when I still lived in Spain makes it feel like good wine: the older it is the better it becomes. At the time, many of the actors working on it where complete strangers to me. Only the main actors were known to me but now, some years later, when I watch and find out that Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor or Thomas Brodie-Sangster were in the film it makes it feel like it's the movie with the best cast ever made. Now, this makes probably no difference for a Briton as you've been seeing them for ages and know who they are but for a Spaniard like myself half of the cast were strangers.


In regards to the film, I consider it the best love film in history. I am not quite a fan of love films but after watching it god knows how many times I still enjoy it and I keep listening to the OST from time to time. It covers almost every single type of love and it connects all stories in such a simple and natural way that you feel like they're happening around you.


Valentines day is coming close and I can bet there will be some channel broadcasting it. Just get a cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate, cover yourself with a blanket, and if you're lucky enough to have a couple, cuddle together and enjoy two hours of a delightful story.

Rosie T
Staff Writer

This for me is an easy watch, if it's on Sky/Virgin or someone has it on I will watch it. It's not one that I would pick out and put on but more than happy to sit back and watch it. 


A few of the characters I like and I do like some of the stories, the problem is that there are a couple (or more) of stories that are weak. With a film like this whereby there is a lot happening, intertwined characters and story lines, for it to be great every story has to be brilliant or at least good enough and we as the audience has to at least care for for is happening and the people involved. Unfortunately I didn't really give a toss about most of the people in this. Personally I think that the film should have been less busy and focused on 2 or 3 key stories and left it at that.  


An easy watch but not a great one. 

Brian

Truly a great movie. I didn't think it was especially deep, or especially funny, but it had something very few "romcoms" do. It had some originality and a lot of heart. FAR, far better than most movies in this genre.

Brian

Truly a great movie. I didn't think it was especially deep, or especially funny, but it had something very few "romcoms" do. It had some originality and a lot of heart. FAR, far better than most movies in this genre.

chris

...there's Firth as a jilted writer failing to communicate with his comely Eastern European maid... DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE MOVIE??? the maid is from Portugal, not Eastern Europe. firth tries to speak Portuguese, not russian. next time do your homework!

chris

...there's Firth as a jilted writer failing to communicate with his comely Eastern European maid... DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE MOVIE??? the maid is from Portugal, not Eastern Europe. firth tries to speak Portuguese, not russian. next time do your homework!

giselle

Have you even watch this film? Just like Andrew said, maybe you just don't understand irony and satire

giselle

Have you even watch this film? Just like Andrew said, maybe you just don't understand irony and satire

pinoy

The only decent review I've seen of this movie said "I didn't like it until I started crying". That just about sums it up, People like to judge, categorise, criticise and somewhere in the middle of all of that, the point of the movie hits home. Love is different things to different people. The reason that this movie is 10 (or so) vignettes is that somewhere in that melee there is a version of love that each of us can relate to. Why do people see Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant and instantly adjudge the movie to be a romantic comedy, and then to adjudge it as a failure. It's an examination of love from multiple angles. Even the scene with Rowan Atkinson was first and foremost about the anguish of the philandering husband rather than the innate comedy of Mr Atkinson, If you didn't like this movie, I strongly suggest you leave your stereotypes at the door and watch it again.

pinoy

The only decent review I've seen of this movie said "I didn't like it until I started crying". That just about sums it up, People like to judge, categorise, criticise and somewhere in the middle of all of that, the point of the movie hits home. Love is different things to different people. The reason that this movie is 10 (or so) vignettes is that somewhere in that melee there is a version of love that each of us can relate to. Why do people see Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant and instantly adjudge the movie to be a romantic comedy, and then to adjudge it as a failure. It's an examination of love from multiple angles. Even the scene with Rowan Atkinson was first and foremost about the anguish of the philandering husband rather than the innate comedy of Mr Atkinson, If you didn't like this movie, I strongly suggest you leave your stereotypes at the door and watch it again.

Ave
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OK, the maid is from Portugal, but, still, the film is dreadful. A big, fat slab of cheese with nine layers of icing on top.

KP
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YUK. I saw this film when it first came out and found it absolutely dreadful. Almost 10 years later I caught it on TV and my opinion thankfully remains the same. Silly, cringeworthy, nauseous and truly terrible - will consistently figure in my 10 worst films ever .Tom Charity's review seems spot on