Thursday, December 22, 2011
"Love Actually" 2006
This is one of my favorite modern holiday movies. It is funny and dramatic and sweet. The cast, which is sizable, are all great. Yes, it is sentimental and sappy as well but it is a Christmas movie.
Hugh Grant is the newly elected Prime Minister of Great Britain.
They give him a very Tony Blair vibe.
Prime Minister: 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 sneaking suspicion... love actually is all around.
Karen: The trouble with being the Prime Minister's sister is, it does put your life into rather harsh perspective. What did my brother do today? He stood up and fought for his country. And what did I do? I made a papier maché lobster head.
Her husband is Alan Rickman. He has a secretary who is quite the flirt but she wants to up the game.
Mia: I'll just be hanging around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed.
Now, circling around to Karen again, is her good friend, Daniel, played by Liam Neeson. I love Liam Neeson. He has that Scottish thing going on which I find rather attractive. I like a good accent. He plays a very recent widower who is trying to figure out how to help his stepson get over his mother. He soon discovers that the loss of his mom is not what is bothering him.
Daniel: So what's the problem, Sammy-o? Is it just Mum, or is it something else? Maybe... school - are you being bullied? Or is it something worse? Can you give me any clues at all?
Sam: You really want to know?
Daniel: I really want to know.
Sam: Even though you won't be able to do anything to help?
Daniel: Even if that's the case, yeah.
Sam: Okay. Well, the truth is... actually... I'm in love.
Sam: I know I should be thinking about Mum all the time, and I am. But the truth is, I'm in love and I was before she died, and there's nothing I can do about it.
Daniel: [laughs] Aren't you a bit young to be in love?
Daniel: Oh, well, okay... right. Well, I mean, I'm a little relieved.
Daniel: Well, because I thought it would be something worse.
Sam: [incredulous] Worse than the total agony of being in love?
Daniel: Oh. No, you're right. Yeah, total agony
Not really related to any of the other characters, but showing up through the whole movie is scene stealer, Bill Nighy as Billy Mack. He is an over the hill rocker who's trying to get back on top with a Christmas version of his only hit. When he starts telling the truth his song shoots up the charts.
Billy Mack: Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don't buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!
Also a little extra, Rowan Atkinson as Rufus who keeps showing up to guide the characters in the right direction.
It ends with all the movie cliches.
A run through the airport to tell a girl you love her, only to miss her and have her find you.
Searching for a girl when you don't quite know where she is only to find her on her way to a Christmas pageant.
And a funny dance sequence.
Romantic kisses in the snow.
There is so much more. It a great movie. Of course my husband isn't a fan. He can't understand British accents. Watch it. It is a great romantic comedy.