Richard Curtis' movie tells numerous tales that explore the
many aspects of love. The new Prime Minister (Hugh Grant)
falls for a member of his Downing Street staff (Martine McCutcheon).
A writer (Colin Firth) who has escaped to France discovers
love again. A wife (Emma Thompson) suspects she may be losing
her husband (Alan Rickman) to a younger woman. All these and
more stories reach a climax one Christmas Eve in London...
a great mix of storylines and characters, all of which are
connected by six degrees of separation.
Nighy plays Billy Mack, an ageing rock star who is making
a Christmas comeback with a new song - Love is All Around.
Only, being Christmas, the song has a festive twist to it.
Mack's character is the backbone for the movie, even though
he is not the main star. As the weeks move on, towards Christmas,
will Mack reach number one? And if so, will he perform the
song live and naked, as promised?
this mini-story are numerous other relationships which are
all involved in love, in one guise or another. There is the
Widower (Liam Neeson) and his young son - who himself is in
love with a girl who doesn't even know he exists; The Bridegroom
and his best man - who is in love with his friend's new wife;
The boss (Alan Rickman) and his wife (Emma Thompson) - who
suspects that her husband may be having an affair; England's
new Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) - who discovers that he is
falling for one of his staff (Martine McCutcheon); and a writer
(Colin Firth), who goes abroad to get some inspiration for
his new novel, and starts to fall in love with his Portuguese
housemaid - even though he speaks no Portuguese and she can't
amongst these main storylines, are smaller ones. These include
Colin, a man convinced that going to America will ensure that
he gets to bed lots of really good looking girls, even though
he's not had an English girlfriend for years; Sarah, a woman
who has been madly in love with a guy who works in the same
office, but goes to pieces every time she goes near him; and
John (The Office's Martin Freeman), a stand-in actor
who meets the woman of his dreams while they are both employed
as stand-ins for a porn movie.
there are so many famous faces who put in cameos including
(in appearance order) Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Ant
and Dec), Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Parkinson, Rowan Atkinson,
Ivana Milicevic, Elisha Cuthbert (24), Claudia Schiffer,
Shannon Elizabeth and Denise Richards.
the majority of the movie is easily swallowed, it is the rather
silly ending that lets the film down. It seems a little too
mushy and too American.
include audio commentary, deleted scenes. promo, making of
documentary, music highlights, The Storytellers, Music video
Christmas Is All Around.
isn't a bad performance in the whole movie and if you liked
Curtis' other movies, then you'll love this. Despite the fact
that this is very overpriced, it is extraordinarily good actually.
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