Sunday, December 23, 2012

Love Actually

Can we please talk about how much I love the movie Love Actually?  Our love affair in pretty intense!  Somehow, I managed to merge the last 9 years into just a few short ones and didn't realize that I was still in college when this movie came out.  I remember being dying to see it, and finally going with my Mom (in a packed theater, I might add), but I swear it was just a few years ago.  Obviously not. 

Anyway, I love all of the separate love stories and the way they're all connected, even in the smallest way. I also love that not each one is happy.  The viewer remembers the happiest stories, but there is a sense of reality in the movie; there are bumps in relationships and they aren't always stronger in the end .

I would have to say that my favorite story is that of Liam Neeson's character and his stepson.  Oh, but I adore Liam Neeson and I could just eat that kid up!  His agony over his first love and how I'm convinced it saves his step-father from dwelling on his wife's death is wonderfully done.  It warms my heart.  I do have to mention that it doesn't hurt that I have a bit of a crush on Liam Neeson.
A close second woud be Colin Firth's love story.  As with Liam Neeson, I'm biased due my crush on Colin Firth when he played Mr. Darcy, but even with that aside, I think it's hard to deny the romance of his vignette.  Falling in love despite a language barrier and hopping on a plane to profess your love is pretty ballsy!  The story is sweet, and speaks to holiday magic, which those of us who are romantics at heart find to be irrestible.
And, I cannot forget to mention Hugh Grant's dance's fantastic!  Love Actually is the ultimate holiday movie in my mind...truly one of my