Thoughts After Rewatch: Love Actually

It’s December 26, so Christmas is officially over. However, Christmas cheer is still in the air and won’t leave us until January. The decorations are still up and there are still leftovers in the fridge.

On another note, Thoughts After Rewatch is back for a couple of holiday-themed entries. First up is the British Love Actually.

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This is one of my favorite romantic comedies or rather one of my favorite movies, and a must-watch every holiday season.

The good: The sprawling, talented cast is amazing. Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martine McCutcheon, Laura Linney, Rowan Atkinson, Liam Neeson, Thomas Sangster, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Martin Freeman, Rodrigo Santoro and Billy Bob Thornton all appear in memorable turns of varying length. The writing, though often clichéd and sappy, is very effective. Bonus points for a nice soundtrack and some very pretty locations.

The bad: A few characters are a tad obnoxious and a couple of plot strands do not receive proper closure.

The ugly: The ghastly song by Billy Mack “Christmas is All Around”. But that was the point.

Favorite scene: Daniel (Liam Neeson) eulogizing his late wife at her memorial service, set to The Bay City Rollers’s “Bye, Bye, Baby” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tJbXSiuRdE)

Favorite line: (the opening lines by Hugh Grant)

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 sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.

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