10 years ago we were given this gift although some might not consider it so…
Sap heaped upon syrup piled upon sugar, but still funny and with some quite meaningful and even poignant moments.
There are many faces of love, many stories, these are only a few, but what a lovely few.
Sure, some parts hamper the flow and are dreadfully contrived, but the message is still lovely.
My fav bits are:
Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) and Joe (Gregor Fisher) and their bond. Nighy’s striptease is priceless.
Hugh Grant as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is delightful (kind of his thing), especially his impromptu victory dance around 10 Downing Street and his conversation with Margaret Thatcher’s portrait, the saucy minx.
Billy Bob Thornton is scarily good as the smarmy President of the United States.
Rowan Atkinson is quirky/fantastic, as always.
Colin Firth is charming, well, duh, of course.
Andrew Lincoln (yes, now Rick with his American twang, of The Walking Dead fame) is most memorable. You just want him to make signs for you…or kill zombies for you. Sigh
The quintessential Christmas feel good movie…what’s so wrong about that?
I get why this movie is branded a chick flick, but I respectfully disagree. This is a movie about choices, about being yourself and true to yourself even if that might be a little wonky, and about love. Aren’t those common themes? If not, maybe they should be.
And as funny as the movie is, I tend to think the book even funnier, but then you don’t get the cast, toss up.So whether you’ve found your reindeer jumper magic or still asking where’s the loo, keep going, because as long as you’re having fun…that’s the real magic.Happy Christmas!