When I began brainstorming ideas for December blog posts a list of favorite Christmas movies popped into my mind. On my list of ideas it says, “Five of My Favorite Christmas Movies”. Now, I have more than five Christmas themed movies that I love, but how do I adequately explain why I consider them favorites?
I’m lazy and expending that much energy didn’t sound appealing, so I decided to choose just one and see if I can make you understand my fondness.
Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Stars: Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Firth, Martin Freeman, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightly, Laura Linney, Kris Marshall, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
- The first thing I love about this movie is the cast. I’ve listed several actors from the film but there are many, many more that gave exemplary performances. There was a chemistry between the characters that jumped off the screen.
- This exchange between Daniel (Liam Neeson) and Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster):
Daniel: So what’s the problem, Sammy-o? Is it just Mum, or is it something else? Maybe… school – are you being bullied? Or is it something worse? Can you give me any clues at all?
Sam: You really want to know?
Daniel: I really want to know.
Sam: Even though you won’t be able to do anything to help?
Daniel: Even if that’s the case, yeah.
Sam: Okay. Well, the truth is… actually… I’m in love.
Sam: I know I should be thinking about Mum all the time, and I am. But the truth is, I’m in love and I was before she died, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
Daniel: [laughs] Aren’t you a bit young to be in love?
Daniel: Oh, well, okay… right. Well, I mean, I’m a little relieved.
Daniel: Well, because I thought it would be something worse.
Sam: [incredulous] Worse than the total agony of being in love?
Daniel: Oh. No, you’re right. Yeah, total agony.
- It explores the many facets and stages of love. New love, old love, tired love, unrequited love, impossible love, forbidden love/lust, family love, and love between friends.
- Bye Bye Baby by the Bay City Rollers (watch the movie)
- The Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) searching for Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) on the dodgy end of Wandsworth.
- Bill Nighy hitting it out of the park as aging rock and roll star Billy Mack.
- Karen’s (Emma Thompson) tears (again, watch the movie)
- The monologue of the Prime Minister dubbed over images of people in airports…
Prime Minister: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.
These are just some of the aspects of the film that I loved without getting technical. Love Actually has elicited a plethora of opinions: Greg Gutfeld thinks it’s the worst Christmas movie ever. Dana Perino loves it. A few members of my family think it’s just okay. One viewer’s review on Time Out London said, “This is an embarrassment, an overdrawn rom-com gone very wrong.” If you haven’t seen it, I encourage you to watch it and let me know what you think. If you’ve already formed an opinion share it in the comments.