Over the years, Hollywood has released a plethora of Christmas movies.
In this post, I want to talk about one of my favorite Christmas movies, Love Actually (2003). The movie is about eight different couples who are loosely connected over the course of the Christmas season.
Set in London, England, every couple is dealing with their own unique struggles. Jamie (Colin Firth) is in love with Aurelia (Lucia Moniz), a Portuguese woman who does not speak English. Harry (Alan Rickman) and Karen (Emma Thompson) have been comfortably married for a number of years. Then Mia (Heike Makatsch) is hired as his secretary. Karen’s brother, David (Hugh Grant) is the newest Prime Minister. He has developed a crush on Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), one of his junior staffers. Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are newlyweds. Peter’s best friend, Mark (Andrew Lincoln) is secretly in love with Juliet. Daniel (Liam Neeson) is dealing with the dual loss of his wife and raising his stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster).
This is one of my favorite Christmas movie for several reasons. First, the mostly British cast (some who have appeared in iconic Jane Austen adaptations). Secondly, the movie is just plain fun. Thirdly, this film is far from the cheesy, predictable Hallmarkish film that it could have been. (Not that there is anything wrong with Hallmark films, I personally don’t care for them). Fourth and finally, these characters are human and not cardboard cutouts.
I absolutely recommend it.