Love Actually Reviews
The movie is filled with all those little moments we can identify with - secret longings, flirtation, and first kisses - but also those that are bittersweet, and those that disappoint us. The overall theme of the movie, that "love actually is all around", even though we often focus on the incidents of hate in the world, is inspiring. The shots in London are gorgeous, and the comic relief provided by the aging rocker Bill Nighy is funny. It is a feel-good movie and bound to be criticized, but it's ok to feel good once in awhile :), and this is certainly one of the better done romantic comedies.
-Liam Neeson, recent widower, encourages his son to go after the girl of his dreams, as a way of moving forward from recent devastation.
-Martin Freeman and Joanna Page, two stunt people who model for sex scenes, manage to hit it off really well, and eventually go out.
-Bill Nighy records a god-awful Christmas single, and mocks his manager Gregor Fischer all the way towards success. Then Nighy comes to terms that, past the generic sentiments in the song, he feels genuine adoration for Fischer.
-Abdul Salis has no hope for any woman ever being interested in his friend Kris Marshall, who immediately flirts with any woman he sets eyes on. Then Marshall goes to America for a month, proving to Salis that an accent is all he needs to be a sexual stud. And somehow, more than a one-night stand. Maybe some anxiety helps?
-Laura Linney crushes on Rodrigo Santoro for a long while, and even gets to bed with him. Soon, all is ruined by Linney's mentally ill brother (all, referring to a single night of sex), and Linney and Santoro return to nothing. Sensual.
-Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson are happily married, yet Rickman cannot help but fall under some degree of lust to his secretary Heike Makatsch. Honestly, the relationship between Rickman and Thompson was written and performed so well that I had nearly neglected the fact that Makatsch's character was never developed so far as she has a crush on the boss, and is generally sexual.
Low-lights: (You can tell I like talking about what I don't like)
-Neither of the two black characters get a victorious hookup. One of them was Abdul Salis. The other is Chiwetel Ejiofor, married to Keira Knightley. Happily, I presume. Anyway, Andrew Lincoln makes everything awkward, and no one knows what the hell is going on with the marriage, friendship, etc.
-Colin Firth was in love! And shit fell apart, so he recluses with some Portuguese maid by the name of Lucia Moniz. Language breaks all borders, magically, and they fall in love without knowing a lick of the other person's tongue.
-The worst is the most central. (Keyword: most. Do you not see how many stories I have described?) Prime minister Hugh Grant falls in flimsy crush with secretary Martine McCutcheon, but feels awkward when POTUS tries to make a move. What in the fuck have I just written? Love Actually doesn't generally lack self-awareness. It's worse. They lack self-awareness where they most need it. Never mind how marginally the film depicts the day in the life of a bloody prime minister.
I reached for laughs. There were few moments that fully delighted me, but more that had charmed me in the context of wanting to care. Two word review: "Apathy Actually."