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Love Actually

Published December 20, 2010

Love Actually

Film info

  • Title Love Actually
  • Director Richard Curtis
  • Year 2003
  • Run time 2hrs 15m
  • Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Tagline The ultimate romantic comedy

Love Actually is the ultimate romantic comedy. Funny, irresistible and heartwarming, an all-star cast (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, to name a few!) will take you on a breathtaking tour of love's delightful twists and turns. Fall under the spell of Love Actually and share the laughs and charm again and again.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:00Lots of real people hugging and kissing at the airport. I wonder how many people sit at home thinking: “That’s ME!”
2:00“Love actually is all around.”
2:00Bill Nighy doing that song that was number one for three gazillion years for Wet, Wet, Wet.
4:00My favourite is Andrew Lincoln and Keira Knightley. I’m just putting that out there now.
5:00Emma Thompson! I love her more than I even thought!
6:00Liam Neeson off the A-Team! Nick from My Family! That’s Joanna Page from Gavin and Stacey! There may be a lot of this going on today.
7:00Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister. I wish he was the Prime Minister.
8:00He was in Teachers. She was in Teachers too! Half the cast are from Teachers!
9:00That’s a lot of swearing from a pretty girl!
13:00Do people really think going to another country is the way to get a partner?
16:00“The immortal genius of the Bay City Rollers.” Perfect.
20:00Changing the word love to Christmas would make a lot of songs very different, I think.
22:00You would not hear an X Factor star being honest like that!
24:00It tells a lot of how you feel about a person by which biscuits you give them.
25:00I feel like I should be offended by Colin’s opinion, but it’s hard to be mad at Nick from My Family.
27:00I love generic film cereal. Like we don’t all know what Frosted Flakes are really.
28:00I do like how Emma manages to convey sympathy but still be totally unsympathetic. I have at least half of that down.
32:00I like to think conversations like this happen at Number 10 all the time.
40:00Billy Bob! Surely he should be busy saving the world from rogue asteroids? Bruce needs him.
45:00Argh, Jo Whiley. Boo.
46:00It must be weird having a half-house, half-office.
48:00I think I would probably just jump in with my clothes on, but maybe they do things differently in Portugal.
50:00The international sign for crime is doing a weeh-weeh-weeh sound with the knife.
56:00“Its a self-preservation thing.” I love that line.
59:00A film inside a film! Is Titanic the movie to make you feel better? I’d have thought more comedy than tragedy.
1:02:00I don’t want to break the mood, but I feel like he shouldn’t have parked there.
1:04:00I want a blackboard on my bedroom door.
1:06:00You know it’s bad if Blue are outselling you 5-1.
1:15:00These people all have very neat and fancy looking bedrooms.
1:19:00Always say no to giftwrapping.
1:25:00Great soundtrack for this film. The Calling.
1:31:00I like what the kid says, but I find it annoying because no kid talks like that.
1:35:00Colin Firth doesn’t seem like he fits the name Jamie.
1:37:00”(And at Christmas you tell the truth.)” I don’t know that rule. I always assumed it was the time of goodwill, not honesty.
1:43:00“Oh god, it’s the longest street in the world.” Hehe, Hugh for PM.
1:47:00This whole Hugh bit is worth the entire film of mush, I swear.
1:52:00Can you really teach yourself to play the drums in five weeks?
1:59:00I just got that she referenced her sister earlier, regarding her weight. And that’s her sister. Ahhh, pay attention Christine.
2:00:00Rowan is a gem.
2:01:00A little kid will always outrun you. Always. But it’s worrying how easy it is for the boy to get through so many levels of security.
2:04:00How did he know where she would be in Portugal, when he last saw her in France?
2:06:00“Just in cases.” Aww.
2:07:00I’m sad that Emma doesn’t leave the film happy.
2:08:00The PM would not walk through general arrivals. Not a chance.

Conclusions

I’m always very dismissive of Love Actually. Mr C adores the film, because it embraces everything he likes in a romantic comedy. I forget what an epic cast it has, and secretly, I guess I do like it really.

Also, a quick note. This was another film that we watched as a community over on Sidepodcast, so the times may not be 100% to the very second, but it’s the best I could do at the time. You can also read the entire live blog here.

So, yes. It is a really good film. There are plenty of bits that are unbelievable, and there’s no way you can like every single one of the stories, but it is a great piece of work. The way that you can have the smallest story (such as Stacey and him from the Office) and that is just as important as the big Hugh Grant moments, it’s fabulous.

At the start, I mentioned that I forget what an epic cast this film has, and now I’ve realised that I also forget just how funny it is too. It doesn’t make my cry, which is more than can be said for other members of the household, but it’s good stuff.


Revisited Dec 2015

It’s become obligatory for us to watch this film at Christmas, and oh, it gets more emotional every time. I’m at the point where I can’t believe I didn’t like this film at any point in my life. I thought it was manipulating our emotions? Well of course it is, and it’s so good at it that you just want the journey to never end.

Every story is brilliant, every scene practically unmissable, and all the angst is worth it for the payoffs - always, the bit with Andrew and Keira on the doorstep always makes me happy and sad at the same time. My only complaint remains that poor Emma doesn’t end up with a satisfactory resolution. I was mad she was the only one left unhappy, although Mr C later pointed out that Laura Linney’s character doesn’t get what she wants either. But Emma is the star of the film for me, and I could watch her story over and over. With our obligatory festive viewing, I guess I’ll be able to do just that!

Rating: 5 / 5

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