Christmas is exactly one week away! How did this happen? I can’t believe it. This week has been a doozy for me. Sorry for the lack of posts but there will be delicious food recipes and more DIYs next week to make up for it so keep your eyes peeled. Tonight at 5:30 can’t come soon enough; it’s been one of those weeks. And although I’ll be at my hubby’s work Christmas party, I really wish I could snuggle up on the couch with some wine, some of the recipe I’ll be posting next week (it’s cheesecake, shh!), and this movie. It always makes me so happy inside and so full of Christmas spirit.
Today’s review is going to be a little different than usual. I’ll give you a brief synopsis but then I’ll list my eight favourite moments from this movie (there are so many!).
Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.
Favourite moments *Spoilers*
(I can’t figure out how to get the numbers to go from 8 to 1 instead of 1 to 8 so 1 is the least favourite and 8 is the most favourite)
- Colin (Kris Marshall) is at a party trying to chat up a woman there and mentions that the food is horrible only to find out that she is the caterer. Poor Colin. Trust me, it gets better for you.
- At the end of Juliet (Kiera Knightley) and Peter’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) wedding, Mark (Andrew Lincoln) plans a little surprise for them. There are musicians hidden throughout the church and they all start playing All You Need is Love. It’s all very romantic.
- Any scene with John (Martin Freeman) and Judy (Joanna Page) kills me. Here they are, standing in for a porno and they’re still so sweet and cordial with each other. Especially loved when John warms his hands before putting them on Judy’s breasts; such a gentleman.
- Hugh Grant makes the best Prime Minister and his moment of glory in this film is when he’s caught dancing to Jump. Shake your booty!
- This is a two-for-one. I love the dynamic that Daniel (Liam Neeson) and Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) have. The best moments between them are when Daniel asks whether Sam’s love is a girl or a boy (he doesn’t care which it is and it’s awesome) and when Sam says, “Let’s get the shit kicked out of us by love” and the two run to the airport to say goodbye to the girl of Sam’s dreams before she goes to America.
- Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz) don’t speak the same language but they love each other. Every scene where they talk to each other in their own language and can be completely honest because they know the other one doesn’t understand is so sweet but the best moment is when Jamie goes to find Aurelia to propose after learning Portuguese and it’s so broken and adorable.
- “Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free.” Billy Mack (Bill Nighy) is the best. The end.
- When Karen (Emma Thompson) finds out that her husband (Alan Rickman) has given a beautiful gold necklace to someone else, she plays her Joni Mitchell and cries in her bedroom. This scene crushes me. I ball like a baby every time. Emma Thompson is amazing. So is Joni Mitchell.
What are your favourite moments from this movie?