Retro Review: Love Actually

Screenwriter Richard Curtis makes his directorial debut with the holiday comedy, “Love Actually”. Curtis has been a successful comedy writer since the early 1980s in England. Curtis had his hand in such great British comedy series as “The Black Adder”, “Mr. Bean” and a personal favorite “Spitting Image”.

Curtis made his motion picture screenplay debut with the unknown gem 1989’s “The Tall Guy” which starred Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson. In recent years, Curtis has been creator of such great romantic comedies as 1994’s “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, 1999’s “Notting Hill” and 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary”.

In the latest gem from Curtis, we are exposed to the lives of six main sets of people as Christmas grows near.

In the first set, we find Britain’s new Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) having a crush on a co-worker (Martine McCutcheon). In the second, a stepdad (Liam Neeson) tries to connect with his 11-yr old stepson (Thomas Sangster) when the child finds he has fallen in love.

The third is about a writer (Colin Firth) and his connection with his Portuguese housekeeper (Lucia Moniz). The fourth finds a shy but extremely busy woman (Laura Linney) falling for her ideal man.

The fifth deals with a couple (Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman) as they try to raise a family and the husband’s wandering eye. And finally the sixth, deals with a fading rockstar (Bill Nighy) who is trying for one last number one song.

There are so many amazing performances in this nearly flawless film but it is the power of the script that is the power of this movie. The film does a brilliant job of blending all aspect of when a heart goes a flutter. There are outrageous romantic times, awkward sexual times, heart-breaks, infatuations and a lot to love. It is the type of film that every couple should see for the holidays.

This script is purely amazing and so deserves a nomination if not a win for best original screenplay. The way it handles each delicate moment with such tenderness and feeling. These characters feel real even if they are in a comedy. There are so many treasure able moments.

I was also so impressed with the how the casting of the film dealt with the amazing ensemble cast. Each performance was perfect for the part. There is so much to be heralded here. This is the best comedy of the year.

(4.5 out of 5)

So Says the Soothsayer

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