Love Actually follows the stories of a series of interconnected Londoners in the lead up to Christmas as they wrestle with life, love and the festive season.
This is one of the most iconic modern Christmas films and one that we do end up watching pretty much every Christmas. There are lots of reasons why it probably should have endured as well as it did. Some of the storylines are incredibly questionable. The one where Colin (Kris Marshall) goes to Wisconsin to shag American girls and a bunch of women literally fall over legs open, is just awful. Also Mark’s (Andrew Lincoln) behaviour towards Juliet (Keira Knightley) is not romantic, it is very creepy.
On the other hand there are some great storylines. The relationship between Daniel (Liam Neeson) and his stepson, Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) as they try to cope with the loss of Sam’s mother, is very special. There’s also the very sad but very real interactions between Harry (Alan Rickman), his wife Karen (Emma Thompson) and the co-worker he fancies. Plus you can easily argue that Hugh Grant’s take on the Prime Minister is considerably more qualified than Theresa May… but then so is a potato.
If you can pick the gold from the shit and let yourself be sucked into the feeling of, hey it’s Christmas and timelines are irrelevant then it’s perfect for this time of year. Just don’t look too closely.