Friday, December 25, 2009

December 25, 2009

Love Actually (2003)
#10 on my Top 100 List
I think that I want to marry Richard Curtis. Anyone who can write and direct a movie that makes me grin like an idiot every time I even think about it is an amazing filmmaker. When this movie was out, I remember that people used to disappear from the concession aisle at the theater I worked in and sure enough, they (and I was guilty of this too) would be in the back of the theater, watching this movie. Every aspect of it is wonderful, from the speech that Hugh Grant gives to his countrymen (and subsequent dance scene - hilarious!) to Colin Firth's bilingual conversations with his Portuguese maid to the heartbreaking posters reading "To me, you are perfect" to the parallel scenes in Portugal and Heathrow Airport at the end. The entire cast is fantastic. I also like that not all of the stories end necessarily happily. Laura Linney's character is the only one that bothers me - if Rodrigo Santoro is naked in your bed, you don't leave! The music in this is also great, especially Olivia Olson's performance of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The fact that this was never even nominated for an Academy Award is atrocious. It's heartwarming and funny and makes you feel warm and loved. Also, it includes the most romantic marriage proposal I have ever seen.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. This film always makes me laugh out loud with two particular lines:

    "What are you going to do next, dip it in yogurt?"


    "Geez, ten minutes at Elton John's and you're as gay as a maypole."

    Great post, it's actually become one of my Christmas essentials.