It’s now the first Tuesday of December, so becomes socially acceptable to watch Christmas films and talk about them without the ‘haters’ butting in. We thought then it was the perfect time for PoweredOn’s Turn Back Tuesday to focus on a Christmas hit from 2003, ladies and gentlemen I present – Love Actually. Have a read to see our thoughts and remind yourselves why this is one of our endearing favourites and worth a review.
For those of you who have been living in a cave and are not aware of this little gem, you’re missing out. Love Actually follows the lives of 8 very different couples who are dealing with their complicated, sometimes hilarious, love lives in the lead up to the frantic Christmas period.
Cast – where do I start?
Bill Nighy – plays an old rock’n’roll star who is trying to secure a Christmas No#1 in true rockstar fashion.
Liam Neeson – plays a recently bereaved husband who inherits sole custody of his step-son and tries to tackle his step-sons love life.
Hugh Grant – plays the Priminister, a bachelor who falls for his tea lady played by Eastenders own Martine McCutcheon.
This article would’ve been pages and pages long if I got sucked into the detail of the impressive characters and cast. It’s interesting to see where some of the actors are now and even the Hollywood stars that appeared for only small parts, which I found was another reason Love Actually is being considered a classic. A list below shows just how great the rest of the cast are;
Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Gregor Fisher (Rab C Nesbitt), Colin Firth (Mr Darcy), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins, The Office), Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 years a Slave), Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean), Laura Linney (Truman Show), Rodrigo Santoro (300), Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa), Ant & Dec (pretty much anything on a Saturday night), Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) Claudia Schiffer (Model).
When I first watched this movie as a grumpy, ridiculously opinionated teenager, I hated it and all things involving emotion and laughter. Since growing up and becoming a ridiculously opinionated AND cynical adult, I love it. It’s clearly not a movie for children because there isn’t enough slapstick comedy or shiny things to keep them entertained. It tackles tough scenario’s that adults may have found themselves in heartbreak, complicated work/love life balances, loving other people. But it offers happy endings and laughter throughout which gives the older audience a sense of ‘you’re not alone’. A great film for Christmas providing you are not a child or a bloke under the age of 25.