Welcome back! Take a break from the holiday shopping and potentially unbearable in-laws. Enjoy day 3 of our countdown to Christmas movie reviews! Every day bringing you 12 movies for 12 days until Christmas.
Check your stocking. See what Santa brought you in a gift-wrapped bow. You’ll feel it in your fingers. You’ll feel it in your toes. Christmas is all around you and so the feeling grows.
Let’s jump right in!
Look at that cast! That’s not even all of them. Walking Dead star, Andrew Lincoln, hadn’t made it to AMC yet when this movie hit theaters. Not to mention Martin Freeman. You may know him as Everett Ross in Black Panther. Others may know him as Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movies or Lester Nygaard in Fargo.
The late Alan Rickman is another notable face. Severus Snape from the Harry Potter movies and Hilly Kristal in CBGB. Rickman was also cast in a movie hot with debate on its Christmas status: Die Hard. Rickman played the iconic stoic villain Hans Gruber. To say cinemas lost an icon is an understatement. We all miss you, Alan.
Love Actually tells more than one story. Its narrative follows TEN separate stories, actually. As the movie cuts from character to character we, the audience, see how these people are actually interconnected. Friend, neighbor, sister, coworker, spouse. By revealing the plot this way, Love Actually features numerous “twists” that will leave you smiling and saying, “Oooooh, I get it now.”
Each story focuses on the character in search of companionship. You have the dead-beat writer who moves away to the French countryside and falls in love with his Portuguese maid who doesn’t speak a lick of English. A father and son fighting through mourning their lost wife/mother in order to give the son a chance at love with a girl who doesn’t know his name. A young adult struggling to appeal to women setting out to America to find a girl. The prime minister who falls in love with one of his workers. There’s the secretary lust and the grumpy old cynic.
Love Actually bursts at the seams with quirky, eccentric characters. The ten narratives all contribute their own different problems and solutions without actually becoming confusing or stale. Some of the situations are so wacky and bizarre it’ll actually have you spitting your eggnog.
Love Actually will have you shedding tears, from laughter and from the gentle tugs at your heart strings. Love Actually, like most Christmas movies, gives the viewer a sense of hope. Such as the movie’s introduction of families and loved ones greeting in the Heathrow airport. Hugh Grant narrates: “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow airport. General opinions started to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed. But I don’t see that. Seems to me that love is everywhere.”
Love is actually all around.
I’ve written actually so much I’ve actually begun to feel like it’s no longer a word. Hard to believe. Actually.
Somehow we’ve started off the 12 Days 12 Movies with fairly raunchy movies full of nudity and innuendos. So, if you’re not into that, don’t worry, we’re at the crest and now taming out. There are plenty more Christmas movies to come.
Stay tuned tomorrow for day 4 of our countdown to Christmas!
Who is your favorite character in Love Actually? Let us know below!
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