Love Actually (2003)
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Usually hate this kind of movies, but this one was very very good. Feel-good christmas movie that was enjoyable all the way trough. The funny parts were actually funny too.
I didn't excpect this at all. Highly recomended.
I certainly commend its ambition. It's one of those films with multiple intertwining stories, like Crash, Magnolia or Babel, but the subject here is love. Some have it, some want it, some are getting it, some losing it. Family, friendship, romance, empty adulation. All sorts. Curtis has assembled an improbably stellar cast (some would only become prominent stars later, I suppose) and is telling, what, 8 stories? Most of which could have been their own film. So yes, the film has scope. More poignant than funny, I did laugh in several places, but I also wanted more of the stories I found most engaging. There were so many, sometimes one was left idling for so long you wondered where it went. If I must name my favorites, I'll go with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister of Britain in love with an assistant - it's the UK's own The American President. I'd also mention Liam Neeson as a father helping his young son catch the love of his life's eye. And you know, I could watch Bill Nighy or Emma Thompson do things all day long. The movie has me regretting every thread I'm NOT mentioning, so I suppose that's an endorsement. There are worse things than being left hungry for more.
It's a good movie and a fine movie, and does not actually try to be more profound than it is (save, perhaps, for the opening and closing montages).
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This movie ranks #99 in Paste's The 100 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time
This movie ranks #468 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #577 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #640 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office