Starring: Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Laura
Linney, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Liam Neeson
and a partridge in a pear tree.
Directed/written by: Richard Curtis
Actually, actually isn't half bad
the snafu is there's
way too many stories going on at once; and some are so much
better then others it becomes a soap operaic mish-mosh of sorts.
are a few hearty laughs and chuckles on the way to the
multitude of plots Richard "Four
Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones' Diary" Curtis
has planned for us, and he's got a concerto of true British
talent for your viewing pleasure waiting in the rafters. So,
it's not a complete fart of an evening.
abound -each about a different kind of love. Puppy love is given
to the Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) to work out. He's gone and
fell in love with his tea-serving assistant (Martine McCutchen).
She is gorgeous, maybe a size 8, yet everyone says she's "plump"
or "chunky" - that was un-nerving. Now that's not
a positive image forming storyline for women is it Mr. Curtis?
there's the giddy wedding couple (Keira Knightly and Chiwetel
Ejiofor). The best man (Andrew Lincoln) just can't stand the
or can he.
is the heartbroken writer (Colin Firth) who escapes his woes
in a stunning French villa (it is so much easier to mend a broken
heart on a nice piece of real estateno?). He's become desperate
to learn Portuguese because he's gone and fallen desperately
in love with the villa's maid - who only speaks Portuguese.
there's the office romance duo (Laura Linney and Rodrigo -yum-
Santoro). Both seem to dig each other but neither makes the
forst move. When they do it's disastrous and you may just moan
aloud. I did.
office also holds the age-old tale of the boss (Alan Rickman)
and the secretary fling. Of course his wife (Emma Thompson)
and family will be affected.
there's the recent widower (Liam Neeson) and his deceased wife's
son (Thomas Sangster- who positively steals the film). The boy
is eleven and truly madly in love with a gal at school. Precious.
But he and his stepdad discuss his endeavors like bar mates
after a few stiff drinks. It's a tad weird-I don't know how
England is with their kids but telling an eleven year old (who
just lost his mother) he'd have to be a "motherless orphan
if I found a mate- we'd want to have sex in every room- especially
your bedroom," is bit off. Then they giggle and wrestle
a bit? Call me old fashioned and hand me a Shirley Temple.
film is rated R and that's a hint it's most definitely NOT for
the kids; even though the film is all packaged up like a holiday
gift in the ads.
more proof the youngin' should stay in with the new Nemo DVD?
There's n over-the-heroin-hill rock star (Bill Nighy) that's
recorded a farce of a tune in hopes of regaining a career...he's
blunt and raunchy and often hilarious ; a stud-wanna-be (who
naturally is anything but) that believes going to America (which
apparently houses a virtual smorgasbord of the loose straight-off-the-garage-calendar-wall
type of women) will get him laid so much he's packed nothing
but a a case of condoms (hardee har har); and there's' another
"love" story involving a couple who meet on the set
of a porn. Their scenes get more and more showing as the film
moves on, as does their relationship.
the man loving portion of the audience there's a heapin' helpin'
of manly men of the highest form. Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman...COLIN
FIRTH! Your eyes will dance with delight as a bevy of handsome
fills up the screen. Hugh Grant even dances about the house
wiggling and shimming till your wet with perspiration, err,
I mean he's wet with perspiration
women aint to shabby either! They've got talent and looks and
Curtis lets them coo and be girly with-out being ditzy - well
most of them...
Love Actually is nothing like its warm fuzzy predecessors.
It's a bit over charactered and its multi-running stories suffer
for it. Bluntly Speaking? We never get enough of the cast members
who are really good
and the ones that are just "okay"
become an intrusion.
recommendation: Tea and sugar coated cornflakes straight
from the box.