Watch: Love Actually 2003 123movies, Full Movie Online – Against the backdrop of aged has-been rock star Billy Mack’s (Bill Nighy’s) Christmas themed comeback cover of “Love Is All Around”, which he knows is crap and makes no bones about it, much to his manager Joe’s (Gregor Fisher’s) chagrin as he promotes the record, several interrelated stories about romantic love and the obstacles to happiness through love for Londoners are presented in the five weeks preceding Christmas. Daniel’s (Liam Neeson’s) wife has just died, leaving him to take care of his adolescent stepson Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) by himself. Daniel is uncertain how to deal with Sam and his problems without his wife present, especially in light of a potential budding romance within their household. Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) have just gotten married. They believe that Peter’s best friend and best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln) hates Juliet, but won’t say so to his or her face. Others looking at the situation from the outside believe Mark is jealous of Juliet, as he is in love with Peter. Jamie (Colin Firth), a writer, is taking a writing retreat by himself in rural France following catching his latest girlfriend (Sienna Guillory) in an indiscretion. Jamie ends up spending much time in France with Aurelia (Lúcia Moniz), the Portuguese woman hired as the housekeeper. The question becomes not only if they can communicate their day-to-day needs with each other as she speaks no English, he speaks no Portuguese, and neither speaks French very well, but communicate what seems to be their increasing mutual attraction to each other. Sarah (Laura Linney) has been in love with her co-worker Karl (Rodrigo Santoro) for the two years they have worked together, this attraction about which everyone in their workplace knows. Sarah has to decide if she can be forward enough to express this love directly to Karl, especially in light of what has been her personal priority of dealing with a family issue. Harry (Alan Rickman) and Karen (Dame Emma Thompson) have been in a stable long term marriage. His new assistant Mia (Heike Makatsch) drops hints to him that she would like them to be romantically involved. Harry has to decide whether to fall to the temptation, especially considering being married to a perceptive wife. Single and relatively young David (Hugh Grant) is the newly elected Prime Minister. At 10 Downing Street, he is attracted to one of the new household servants, Natalie (Martine McCutcheon), but isn’t sure what to do about it seeing as to their respective positions, the probable public scrutiny, and an incident involving the visiting U.S. President (Billy Bob Thornton). Socially unaware Colin Frissell (Kris Marshall) believes that the lack of romantic love in his life is all the fault of standoffish British women. As such, he decides to take decisive albeit somewhat unusual geographic action. And John (Martin Freeman) and Judy (Joanna Page) are movie body doubles. They can communicate with each other straightforwardly while they are simulating sex filming a movie, but they may not be able to translate the feelings behind that simulation in real-life to each other..
Plot: ‘Love Actually’ follows the lives of eight very different couples dealing with their love lives, in various loosely and interrelated tales, all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
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God only knows what I’d be without you.
London, England, and it’s the run up to Christmas, and we are in the company of a number of couples dealing with the joys and problems that love can bring.
We open with a narration from Hugh Grant who tells us that when he is troubled by the hate in the world, he thinks of the arrivals area of Heathrow airport. A place where loved ones greet returning loved ones, a place that indeed showcases a strand of love in its joyous form. He further ventures that when the aeroplanes hit the twin towers on 9/11, as far as he knows, all those phone calls from those sadly involved were messages of love, not hate. Pertinent musings that although somewhat sombre for an opening, sets it up nicely for what Richard Curtis (writer and director) wants to say.
A roll call of fine British and Irish actors, and American Laura Linney, lend their considerable talents to Curtis’ ensemble piece. The structure is surprisingly simple considering the number of stories being woven together, the result being that there is sure to be a story in there to either love, or, yes, even hate. Is it sentimental? Of course. Is it as stuffed as a turkey on Xmas day? Naturally. Does it stretch credibility in some strands? For sure. But only the coldest of hearts could truly decry that Love Actually is all around. Very often it’s funny too. Curtis, following on from writing credits such as Four Weddings And A Funeral, continues to show himself to be a very fine writer of comedy. None more so than with Bill Nighy’s past his sell by date pop star, Billy Mack. There’s something for everyone in here, indeed there’s likely to be something that many can associate with.
It’s a lovely affecting film that should hopefully perk up those that get blue around the holiday season. With perceptive writing, some excellent acting (Nighy, Emma Thomson, Colin Firth et al) and a soundtrack of some worth, Love Actually is a winner. 8/10
**Bringing together several plots, the film is not about love, but about Love in its most diverse facets… and not always happy.**
Unlike most romantic movies, which stick to a sugary story and follow it to the end, with the invariable marriage at the end, and everything in rosy, this movie seems to care more about love itself. , as a feeling. In fact, there are nine sub-plots involved and each one explores a different facet of love: we have teenage love, we have illicit loves, we have unlikely romances, we have love triangles, we even have a love that blossoms without one or the other. speak the same language… and all during the pre-Christmas times! So I won’t waste time sifting through each plot, maybe it’s for the best.
The movie could have gone terribly wrong, but the truth is that it works reasonably well. It’s not a film where we can like all the characters, obviously many of them are making mistakes in the name of love, but the truth is that the film brings, with all this, a much more human and realistic tone than others of its genre. : who has never made a mistake because they fell in love, or found themselves in love with the wrong person and with full awareness of it? Even so, and despite the merits, there are indeed some subplots that seem underwritten and poorly developed, and others that I just don’t understand why they were added. And I’m not in favor of some of the jokes that were being made, there’s some humor that doesn’t work, even though the dialogue is good and well written.
I lost count of the number of great actors that went into this film. It seems that all the good British actors of the decade decided to book a coffee and show up. Some are more prominent, others not so much. Hugh Grant is one of the highlights of the film and he is really good in the role he has been given, and he plays very well with Martine McCutcheon, who also does well in her role. I also enjoyed the performances by Liam Neeson and his teenage stepson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster (who would later break out as an actor in Maze Runner). It is still beautiful to see the way their characters relate to each other and the intimacy that is created between them. Bill Nighy is funny and irreverent, but I didn’t understand his subplot here, and Laura Linney is good at what she does, but I wasn’t captivated by the character. The same can be said of Keira Knightley (I never particularly liked this actress). Emma Thompson is better, and she does a good job here. Finally, a small word of praise to Colin Firth, and also to my compatriot Lúcia Moniz. It feels good to see someone from our country shining abroad, and to hear our mother tongue in a foreign film.
The film is not brilliant on a technical level. Betting everything, or almost, on the script, on the performance of the actors and on the very competent direction by Richard Curtis, the film is not particularly remarkable in these points, assuming a standard aesthetic and having almost nothing at the visual level that surpasses the average. There are, however, some good aspects, related to the scenarios and the choice of filming locations, very well selected and used.
Romantic comedy with something for everyone
I like the thinking behind Richard Curtis’ concept for “Love Actually.” Why tell one Christmas love story when you can tell eight? Everyone loves Christmas, everyone loves love, and if you can tell eight stories that are all related but about something different, you’re bound to have everyone who sees the film relate to at least one of the story lines. It sounds sort of gimmicky when put in those terms, but with good writing and some great actors, “Love Actually” works and is surprisingly enjoyable despite a high cheese factor.
“Love Actually” is sort of the ultimate British-American romantic comedy. When you put Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Laura Linney, Colin Firth, Rowan Atkinson, Billy Bob Thorton (and then some) all in the same billing, it’s ridiculously impressive. You almost can’t fail. I mean, at one point there is a scene featuring a sort of negotiation between Grant, the prime minister of the U.K. and Thorton, the president of the U.S. If the demographic for this film isn’t overstated with Christmas and romance already, that certainly ices the cake.
The story lines are for the most part all good, but with eight of them, they all don’t have to be. You pick the ones that you like and you stomach the ones you don’t as much because you know they won’t last long enough to bore or annoy you. Some people will like the more comedic ones like Bill Nighy as a recording artist trying to re-ignite his career with a hit Christmas single and some will like the more straight up romance like when Firth, an author, tries to communicate his feelings for a Portuguese woman who doesn’t speak English. Fortunately, it’s not disjointed either, so you don’t feel you’re watching several different films. Christmas time helps set that tone, but in general the mood the film is consistent in all the story lines.
Like most romantic comedies, there’s always a cheese factor, but the better ones make you forgive the cheese. For the most part, “Love Actually”‘s cheese is very forgivable. Towards the end it gets a little out of hand, but you are so immersed in the story lines that you let it go. The humor of the film is also so strong that it also earns your appreciation regardless of how much you like romance.
As far as film concepts that seem like romantic comedy sell-outs are concerned, “Love Actually” is probably one of the best. It’s diverse but cohesive and funny to all senses of humor. It has a killer cast and of course good heart and strong themes. So as much as you might think you’re watching just another romantic comedy about Christmas, “Love Actually” at least convinces you that for the time you’re wrong.
Love this movie
I don’t know what it is about this movie. I love the cast and the incredible acting. I just for some reason need to watch it a few times a year. I love how the pornstar characters are still so nervous about kissing each other even though they have had a visual relationship.and still are so nervous to kiss for t he first time. And the absolute respect he gives her even though they have seen each other nude,and how he doesn’t assume anything about her and sees her for who she is not assuming she is just some girl who gets naked for anyone.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 15 min (135 min), 2 hr 9 min (129 min) (Toronto International) (Canada), 2 hr 9 min (129 min) (Asian Edition) (South Korea)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Richard Curtis
Writer Richard Curtis
Actors Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson
Country United Kingdom, France, United States
Awards Won 1 BAFTA Award10 wins & 29 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS (as dts), Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe, London, UK (color), Framestore CFC, London, UK (digital grading), Soho Images, London, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)