I did not want to watch this at all. Before we watched it I imagined my post just being, “Elizabeth at least likes it.” But after watching it it’s not awful. Some of the stories are pretty stupid and I think it would have been a far more successful movie story-wise if they got rid of a few storylines but in the end this movie was fun to watch.
I also found out that Elizabeth has this giant crush on Huge Grant? ahaha she nearly fainted when he showed up!! I really haven’t seen ton of movies with him but whenever I see him I just see Rob Brydon. So she might make fun of me for secretly liking Helen Hunt but her reaction to Huge Grant is far beyond anything I’ve seen from her before!
I’m not sure why I pushed so hard to watch Love Actually, but I think it was because I just wanted to see a movie that was, generally, nice. Sure, Love Actually is sad in some parts but overall, it’s just a nice romantic movie and it takes some convincing to get Chris to watch those with me.
I definitely loved it when I first saw it when I was probably 14, and I’m sure most of that has to do with Hugh Grant, who is particularly cute here. Seeing it now, I don’t dislike it, but I realized how distracting all the storylines can be. There are major storylines and smaller storylines, but in the end there are a shit ton of stories. That’s probably why I was surprised when I realized the movie is over 2 hours long, because each story is relatively short, there’s just so many. And why I do appreciate that it wasn’t just filled with 100% happy stories, some of the stories, especially the one for Laura Linney’s character, were almost too sad to bear. And especially seeing Liam Neeson cry at his character’s wife’s funeral . . . god I will be happy if I never have to see Liam Neeson cry ever again.
But all in all, it was nice to just watch a nice romantic movie. We should probably watch them more often . . . (although, admittedly, so many romantic movies are either too sad, stupid, or sexist for me to enjoy them).