Things I Like: Love Actually (2003 Film)

Love Actually 2003 movie poster

I had vaguely heard about Love Actually throughout the years but I never really paid attention to it until now. My wife and I were watching a show where one of the characters mentioned that men just don’t like the movie Love Actually. But I heard Alan Rickman was in it and I wanted to see if I would actually like the movie or not.

Emma Thompson Alan Rickman Love Actually 2003 movie

The movie is set in England and there’s a lot of different characters. I don’t think even the first season of Game of Thrones had that many different plot lines going about. It gives you about every different kind of relationship and love that you can think of. And it’s all not that positive.

Liam Neeson Love Actually 2003 movie

The biggest thing I liked about the movie is all the stars that are in it. You have Liam Neeson a few years after he was Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Bill Nighy Love Actually 2003 movie

Then you have Bill Nighy as a crazy washed up musician looking for a Christmas comeback. This is about the same time he did Underworld and it’s funny to think about his character here versus that scary vampire guy.

Rowan Atkinson Love Actually 2003 movie

Even Mr. Bean is in the movie.

Elisha Cuthbert Love Actually 2003 movie

Also worth noting is Elisha Cuthbert, which happened about the same time her career really hit off. Which made me remember that she existed at all. I do recall the days where men thought she was the hottest thing that ever existed. Then one day, we all just forgot about her.

Keira Knightley Love Actually 2003 movie

It also had Keira Knightley about the same time as she did the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, so she had two well beloved movies in about the same year.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster Love Actually 2003 movie

I also noticed the Nanny McPhee kid in the movie but I actually knew him as Jojen Reed in Game of Thrones.

Chiwetel Ejiofor Love Actually 2003 movie

I knew I had also seen this guy before I had looked up that he was actually now Mordo in the Doctor Strange films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Martine McCutcheon and Hugh Grant Love Actually 2003 movie

I think my favorite storyline in the whole movie is between the prime minister and his assistant. The early 2000s was strangely fat phobic to any woman with weight because they make this average chick into a plus size girl by their standards. Even her own family calls her “Plumpy” as a nickname, which is a big WTF.

Say It's Carol Singers Love Actually 2003 movie Andrew Lincoln

It’s a decent movie and I definitely liked it more than I expected. I would say they probably could have done better with a storyline cut out of it or two. It’s also got two story lines that are about infidelity, with one of them being its most famous scene. With these in the story, I’m really surprised how much the film has a fan base that’s mostly female.


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