Looking for a Great Holiday Film? Look No Further
By Ryan Parsons | Still from Love Actually
It's the holidays, and it seems only proper to suggest
a holiday film that all are pretty much guaranteed to enjoy. Since Christmas
with the Kranks and Surviving Christmas were as cool as burnt out Christmas
bulbs, I'm gonna go old school and talk about a film I cannot believe I
forgot to review before. The film I speak of is Love Actually.
English love comedy that will have you laughing along the way.
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As the title claims, there is a lot of love in this film. Love between a
step-father and a son, love between a hetero-rockstar and his manager, love
between grade school kids, a forbidden love between a man and a women, and
a lobe between language barriers [just to name a few]. There are a lot of
different approaches to love in this film, and they all seem to work.
Ok, enough about love. If love were all the film displayed, it would be
hard to get any males to sit through the viewing. Love Actually
also has tons of comedy with a little nudity to boot. While love is the
overall idea behind the film, it is the comedy and parallel stories that
carry Love Actually to glory. The rockstar Billy Mack [played by
Bill Nighy] is genius, Hugh Grant [as Prime Minister] is witty, and the
idea of slutty, or as they say cool', girls in America is classic. On this
note, Love Actually takes place in London and surrounding European
areas. The only time the filming comes to America is when one of the young
Englishman, with a sex drive that is sky high, sees America as the only
outlet to sew his oats.
Love Actually starts with an introduction voiced by Hugh Grant
about 'love being everywhere.' The film then immediately cuts to a funeral
and a wedding [different scenes]. From the start of the film, you notice
a lot of separate, yet somehow intertwined, stories beginning to develop.
Each story is unique and deals with the concept of love during the last
five weeks before Christmas [hence a holiday film]. The holiday of Christmas
also plays a critical role in the film, as it is the time of year when you
drop your inhibitions and tell the truth; tell some one you love them maybe?
While not all of the about dozen stories end up perfect, each is beautifully
crafted and pretty humorous [at least in most of the stories].
The film ends on a great close where all the characters seem to be happy
or, at least, contempt. The director, Richard Curtis, then ends the film
the exact same way he began it. We are again left alone as a simple spectator
in a busy airport. Love Actually states, in about the first thirty
seconds of the film, that you can always witness tons of love at an airport
and, as the premise proves, love is all around.
This rockstar, played by Billy Nighy, was the highlight of the film.
Final Judgment: This film is as funny as it is heart warming. The characters
are excellent, and so are the stories. Billy Mack, played by Bill Nighy,
alone can bring movie goers back for a second viewing. There is too many
good things about Love Actually to mention, just go check it
Sources: Still from Love Actually
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