Love Actually (2003) live action, movie – UK

love actually
Comedy, drama, romance
Director/writer Richard Curtis
Cast Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Kris Marshall, Martin Freeman, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton, Lucia Moniz, Rodrigo Santoro, Martin McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joanna Page, Heike Makatsch, Sienna Guillory, Gregor Fisher, Bill Nighy, Rowan Atkinson

 

Eight couples trying to discover the meaning of love around Christmas.

 

I hated it.

OK. Maybe that’s a bit harsh. But so much was going on. I couldn’t keep track of anything. It’s over two hours of nothing. Assuming it is eight couples like IMDB says (I counted more but…), that’s less than 17 minutes screen time per couple, assuming they get the same amount of time and that includes the credits. You don’t get to know any of the characters and you don’t get invested in them.

You have the MP and his secretary who seems to be the butt of fat jokes from EVERYONE. Even her own father was saying it in front of the MP.

Then there was a little boy and his step father who’s mother/wife died and both of their relationships (we’re at three now). The boys was sort of cute, but it’s not much different than teen romcoms.

Then we got a couple that doesn’t speak the others languages. Which was actually kind of cute. Too bad they learned the others language pretty well in less than a month (at four now).

Then we have a married man having an affair. He’s not very good at it though. It’s obvious it’s his first (six now?)

Another couple who hasn’t done anything for years and won’t. (Seven)

A married couple and the best friend  (nine? This is more than eight couples…)

A guy who drops everything to go to America.

A singer that’s become crap and realizes who he actually loves.

And finally (twelve?) A couple that meets by faking sex for the camera.

This is the problem. It’s just way too much. It had potential. But squeezing in too much ruined it.it probably would have been better as a tv show. They would have been able to spend more time on each couple so you could get to know them better and feel something.

With it how it is now, and the fact that me, someone who is apparently sheltered and knows very little about actors (according to like, everyone I know), recognized at least half (probably more) of the actors., it’s like the selling point is that everyone’s quite well known.

 

So yea, potential is there but you get nothing from it because you don’t get to know the characters so you’re never interested in them enough to care what happens. As such, not worth watching in my opinion.

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