Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley, Martine McCutcheon
Directed by Richard Curtis
“Love is actually all around,” – Hugh Grant.
As an ensemble movie with a huge cast, Love Actually tells the loves stories of different characters during the Christmas holidays. Jamie Bennett (Firth) finds out the hard way that his girlfriend is cheating on him -with his brother- and he takes to France during the winter holidays to write. Daniel (Neeson) just lost his wife and has a young stepson who refuses to leave his room all day. And Hugh Grant plays the British Prime Minister (he doesn’t have a proper name in this movie) and is distracted from his job by the one of the household staff, Natalie (Martine McCutcheon).
Love Actually is my favorite Christmas movie to watch every year. It doesn’t bore you with one straight plot line. Although it might take a re-watch to understand how everyone is connected, you can usually find a new joke you may have missed the first time. There are so many elements to love in this movie. Throughout the film, there are many examples of love through friendships and growing romance. Not everyone has a happy ending but the struggle is what makes the movie realistic. These characters are relatable; whether you’re the one falling in love for the first time, in a relationship that’s going wrong, courting that special someone, or spending your Christmas alone.
Part of why I love this movie so much is that the cast is so perfect. There’s the character you root for, cry for, and just laugh along with. The jokes never get old and there are many quotable moments. Whether you watch this alone or with friends, at the end you’ll feel like this movie has given you a hug.
While I like to save Love Actually for the holidays, it’s really a great movie to watch for any occasion. This film isn’t the average cheesy romance that we tend to see in the U.S. It has substance, humor, a great cast, and yes, romance. Give it a chance, it might just open your eyes to the love that’s all around.