Love Actually (2003)

DailyView: Day 221, Movie 308

The second of the Christmas movies in the DailyView this December is a film that many people love. It is one of the most well known rom-coms, Love Actually.

However, it turned out to be not one of my own personal favorites.

I was amazed at the list of actors who were in this movie. I knew a few of them originally, like Hugh Grant, was in the film. However, the film included Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Andrew Lincoln, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martine McCutcheon, Gregor Fisher, Rodrigo Santoro, Billy Bob Thornton, Elisha Cuthbert, January Jones, and Rowan Atkinson.

The problem is the director, Richard Curtis, had nine separate stories going on in the script. Even at two hours and fifteen minutes, there was not enough time for all of these characters to have their own individual storylines. Because of that, most of the characters turned out to be one dimensional and some got reduced to the simplest characters or just appeared to appear.

Some of the stories were better than others. I thought the Liam Neeson and his stepson in love story was cute, if not unrealistic. The Hugh Grant as England Prime Minister finding love at work was sweet, but undeveloped. The famous scene with Andrew Lincoln was in probably my least favorite of the stories.

There was just not enough time to develop anything past the surface level and if that is enough for you, you probably love this movie. I want more than what was given and I would have liked to have seen some of these stories eliminated and expanded. They could have saved the other stories for a potential sequel.

I don’t consider Love Actually a complete wash, but it was not to the level that I have heard some raise it to.

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