The lives of eight different couples intersect for better
or worse during a frantic Christmas in London.
Love Actually (2003)
Written and Directed by Richard Curtis
Starring Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson,
Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney,
Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Andrew Lincoln,
Martine McCutcheon, Lúcia Moniz, Kris Marshall,
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rodrigo Santoro, Joanna Page,
Heike Makatsch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rowan Atkinson
Christmas has always been synonymous with love, so it's not really surprising that one of the most beloved Christmas staples of the last twenty years combines the two into a truly memorable and heartwarming modern classic. Love Actually represents the best parts of the holiday season and beautifully depicts the difficult, emotional, and ultimately rewarding journey of finding love. With an impressive ensemble of fantastic English character actors and a charming screenplay, this film deserves the cult status its grown since 2003.
The story revolves around eight couples (or would-be couples) in London around Christmastime. They all are connected somehow through friends or family members and the audience gets to watch as each of them finds their true love over the course of the Christmas season. The performances are all impeccable and the chemistry between the various couples is superb. The magic is in the dialogue and the smartly-written characters.
Richard Curtis succeeds in crafting a holiday mainstay with Love Actually. It has something everybody can enjoy, as it's an honest film about how beautiful and warm love can be to those who find it. And the best thing about the film is that it proclaims that love is not exclusive. It belongs to everybody, so long as you're ready and willing to welcome it into your life. No theme could be more endearing.