Film Watch – 101. Love Actually

Fast Facts

Title: Love Actually
Director: Richard Curtis
Year: 2003
Run time: 2hrs 15

Background Info

I’m always very dismissive of Love Actually. Mr C adores the film, because it embraces everything he likes in a romantic comedy. I forget what an epic cast it has, and secretly, I guess I do like it really.

Also, a quick note. This was another film that we watched as a community over on Sidepodcast, so the times may not be 100% to the very second, but it’s the best I could do at the time. You can also read the entire live blog here.

Live Blog

00:01:00 – Lots of real people hugging and kissing at the airport. I wonder how many people sit at home thinking: “That’s ME!”
00:02:00 – “Love actually is all around.”
00:02:00 – Bill Nighy doing that song that was number one for three gazillion years for Wet, Wet, Wet.
00:04:00 – My favourite is Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley. I’m just putting that out there now.
00:05:00 – Emma Thompson! I love her more than I even thought!
00:06:00 – Liam Neeson off the A-Team! Nick from My Family! That’s Joanna Page from Gavin and Stacey! There may be a lot of this going on today.
00:07:00 – Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister. I wish he was the Prime Minister.
00:08:00 – He was in Teachers. She was in Teachers too! Half the cast are from Teachers!
00:09:00 – That’s a lot of swearing from a pretty girl!
00:13:00 – Do people really think going to another country is the way to get a partner?
00:16:00 – “The immortal genius of the Bay City Rollers.” Perfect.
00:20:00 – Changing the word love to Christmas would make a lot of songs very different, I think.
00:22:00 – You would not hear an X Factor star being honest like that!
00:24:00 – It tells a lot of how you feel about a person by which biscuits you give them.
00:25:00 – I feel like I should be offended by Colin’s opinion, but it’s hard to be mad at Nick from My Family.
00:27:00 – I love generic film cereal. Like we don’t all know what Frosted Flakes are really.
00:28:00 – I do like how Emma manages to convey sympathy but still be totally unsympathetic. I have at least half of that down.
00:32:00 – I like to think conversations like this happen at Number 10 all the time.
00:40:00 – Billy Bob! Surely he should be busy saving the world from rogue asteroids? Bruce needs him.
00:45:00 – Argh, Jo Whiley. Boo.
00:46:00 – It must be weird having a half-house, half-office.
00:48:00 – I think I would probably just jump in with my clothes on, but maybe they do things differently in Portugal.
00:50:00 – The international sign for crime is doing a weeh-weeh-weeh sound with the knife.
00:56:00 – “Its a self-preservation thing.” I love that line.
00:59:00 – A film inside a film! Is Titanic the movie to make you feel better? I’d have thought more comedy than tragedy.
01:02:00 – I don’t want to break the mood, but I feel like he shouldn’t have parked there.
01:04:00 – I want a blackboard on my bedroom door.
01:06:00 – You know it’s bad if Blue are outselling you 5-1.
01:15:00 – These people all have very neat and fancy looking bedrooms.
01:19:00 – Always say no to giftwrapping.
01:25:00 – Great soundtrack for this film. The Calling.
01:31:00 – I like what the kid says, but I find it annoying because no kid talks like that.
01:35:00 – Colin Firth doesn’t seem like he fits the name Jamie.
01:37:00 – “(And at Christmas you tell the truth.)” I don’t know that rule. I always assumed it was the time of goodwill, not honesty.
01:43:00 – “Oh god, it’s the longest street in the world.” Hehe, Hugh for PM.
01:47:00 – This whole Hugh bit is worth the entire film of mush, I swear.
01:52:00 – Can you really teach yourself to play the drums in five weeks?
01:59:00 – I just got that she referenced her sister earlier, regarding her weight. And that’s her sister. Ahhh, pay attention Christine.
02:00:00 – Rowan is a gem.
02:01:00 – A little kid will always outrun you. Always. But it’s worrying how easy it is for the boy to get through so many levels of security.
02:04:00 – How did he know where she would be in Portugal, when he last saw her in France?
02:06:00 – “Just in cases.” Aww.
02:07:00 – I’m sad that Emma doesn’t leave the film happy.
02:08:00 – The PM would not walk through general arrivals. Not a chance.

Conclusions

So, yes. It is a really good film. There are plenty of bits that are unbelievable, and there’s no way you can like every single one of the stories, but it is a great piece of work. The way that you can have the smallest story (such as Stacey and him from the Office) and that is just as important as the big Hugh Grant moments, it’s fabulous.

At the start, I mentioned that I forget what an epic cast this film has, and now I’ve realised that I also forget just how funny it is too. It doesn’t make my cry, which is more than can be said for other members of the household, but it’s good stuff.

Rating: 5/5


Be Kind, Rewind – Dec 2015

It’s become obligatory for us to watch this film at Christmas, and oh, it gets more emotional every time. I’m at the point where I can’t believe I didn’t like this film at any point in my life. I thought it was manipulating our emotions? Well of course it is, and it’s so good at it that you just want the journey to never end.

Every story is brilliant, every scene practically unmissable, and all the angst is worth it for the payoffs – always, the bit with Andrew and Keira on the doorstep always makes me happy and sad at the same time. My only complaint remains that poor Emma doesn’t end up with a satisfactory resolution. I was mad she was the only one left unhappy, although Mr C later pointed out that Laura Linney’s character doesn’t get what she wants either. But Emma is the star of the film for me, and I could watch her story over and over. With our obligatory festive viewing, I guess I’ll be able to do just that!

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