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Love Actually - Film Review

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published September 30th 2021
A funny look at the different stages of love over Christmas
Love Actually revolves around the personal relationships of a variety of different protagonists, and how they manage to overcome their difficulties and find love in time for Christmas. There is a fair bit of information below, outlining each of the main characters and their part of this movie.

Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) are a recently married couple (and their wedding is where you see most of these characters connect). Peter's best friend is Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who does not appear to like Juliet. Mark is also the cameraman for their wedding so when Juliet stops by at his house one day to see the recording, she soon realises it's not hate that is stopping the two of them from getting along. That also brings up an interesting interaction between the pair later in the movie - involving large flashcards.

Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) is a rock-and-roll singer who is releasing his Christmas-themed comeback cover single of 'Love is All Around' in the hopes that it will become number 1 - although he openly keeps saying it's crap. While he seems like he might just be over the hill, he does manage to make the single a hit, just on Christmas Eve.

Jamie (Colin Firth), a crime novelist, has recently been cheated on by his girlfriend. He goes to France to write, where he meets Aurélia (Lúcia Moniz), a Portuguese housekeeper. Watching the two of them develop feelings for each other despite not being able to communicate in the same language is quite funny - especially some of the words that come out of both of their mouths in their languages. When he returns to the UK, he attempts to learn Portuguese and travels to Portugal to propose to her later in the movie.

John (Martin Freeman) and Judy (Joanna Page) are body doubles taking part in a sex scene for a film - making some very funny moments with the things they are asked to do for the crew to 'set the lights'. However, they have a connection and end up pursuing a relationship offscreen.

Harry (the late Alan Rickman) and Karen (Emma Thompson) are a highly successful, happily married couple with children. Harry employs a new secretary, Mia (Heike Makatsch), who is much younger and begins to flirt with him excessively. Harry likes the attention so much - after at first finding it all awkward - that he buys her an expensive necklace for Christmas. Karen finds the necklace and assumes it's her gift, however, when Christmas arrives, Karen receives a Joni Mitchell CD and instantly knows that the necklace must have been for another woman.

David (Hugh Grant) is the newly elected Prime Minister of the UK and Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) is a new member of his staff. He feels attracted to her and she to him. However, the President of the US comes on a visit and makes sexual advances towards Natalie. Feeling betrayed, David has Natalie moved to another department. When she sends him a Christmas card expressing her romantic interest in him, he goes to her house - which he spends a great deal of time trying to find as he only knows the street she lives on - and they attend her niece and nephews' Christmas play (which again brings some of the characters together). This creates its own funny moment as being the PM - he doesn't want to be seen at the play, so the two of them 'hide-out' backstage.

Daniel's (Liam Neeson) wife has recently died and he is attempting to raise his stepson Sam. Sam is in love with a classmate, Joanna, and Daniel urges him to tell her how he feels. Sam even learns how to play an instrument, just so he can take part in the Christmas play with her. They both go the airport - which is funny to watch a lone kid running through an airport and keeping away from security the whole way to the gate - where Joanna is getting ready to leave for the US, and she kisses him.

Sarah (Laura Linney) and Karl (Rodrigo Santor) have been working together for years and are attracted to each other - and 'everyone' in the office knows about it. One day they decide to get together but Sarah is interrupted by a call from her mentally ill brother - not unusual for her days. The evening ends abruptly and later in the movie Karl wishes her a merry Christmas but does not pursue anything else. Sarah spends Christmas with her brother and is the one character without a happy ending.

It might seem like there is a lot going on in this movie just from these snippets - but I can assure you that everything does flow together and (almost) everyone ends up with the typical happy ending. This movie is very easy to watch and there are some funny moments that will have you laughing out loud. Definitely, something you will enjoy watching time and time again.
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I absolutely love this movie and watch it every year at Christmas (much to my husband's dismay.)
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9626) 117 days ago
Yes many laughs and emotional high and lows.
by junea (score: 2|164) 115 days ago
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