Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #305 Love Actually

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Movie #305 Love Actually

(2003, UK, d. Richard Curtis)

One of the more refreshing romantic comedies of our time, Love Actually combines an incredibly large cast with an incredibly long script to tell the story of an incredibly simple concept: Love is actually all around us. It’s characters are world famous (from the prime minister of England to ex-pop stars) to poor and unheard of. But this is not a story about divisions. It is a story of equality. Everyone falls in love. And in order to do that, we had to see everyone. Compile on that the wonderfully eclectic, but wonderfully talented supercast that includes Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, and about a dozen others in small parts. It is a film about universality and the filmmakers do a great job of conveying this. Love Actually is a funny, funny movie that manages to hide all of its cliched “rom-com” situations underneath characters we love and the very brief time the audience has to actually judge an action before moving on to a completely different storyline. It is a film that is more than the sum of its parts. It is better than just one guy falling in love, or falling out of love. It is a story about love and not about the one-dimensional romantic comedy caricatures that usually fill the genre. Unique and refreshing, Love Actually is a wonderful movie to watch. Just don’t watch it alone.

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