Love Actually

{4.5/5} “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.”

Peter and Juliet have just gotten married — Juliet then discovers that the best man is in love with her. Daniel’s wife has died and he’s trying to connect with his stepson. Jamie arrives home to find his wife is having an affair with his brother — he moves out to his country house and tries to connect with a new cleaning woman who doesn’t speak English. Harry and Karen have been married a while and have a daughter — but Harry has been flirting with a co-worker. The new British prime minister (Karen’s unnamed brother) is single and interested in one of his assistants, Natalie.

Love Actually was released in 2003. Some parts were familiar so it seems I’ve seen at least some of it before.

The movie follows around various characters who are brought together nicely at the end. Movies that move around among a bunch of different characters usually don’t grab me as much, but this one is quite amazing (Playing by Heart is another one that works well). Everyone’s looking for love, some in unusual places.

Even though there are lots of characters, we care about what happens to them. There are some very funny moments.

There are lots of pop songs but also some romantic music by Craig Armstrong (In Time).

Hugh Grant (About a Boy) plays the Prime Minister. Colin Firth (A Single Man) plays Jamie. Liam Neeson (Batman Begins) plays Daniel. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity) plays Peter and Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice) plays Juliet. Alan Rickman (Galaxy Quest) plays Harry and Emma Thompson (Men in Black 3) plays Karen. Laura Linney (Mystic River) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) are also onboard. Rowan Atkinson (the TV show Mr. Bean) has a small but important role.

The movie was directed by Richard Curtis (writer on Notting Hill and the TV show Mr. Bean).

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