is love. And of course I am not alone in that, which is why this movie resonated with so many people, found an appreciative audience.
A great cast, including Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bill Nighy and Laura Linney. Very solid directing by Richard Curtis, writer of a number of excellent British productions of recent years, including the TV shows “Blackadder” and “The Vicar of Dibley” and the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral – and most recently the fun comedy Pirate Radio (aka The Boat That Rocked). And lots of happy endings.
Roger Ebert called it “a belly flop” and you can sort of see his point. There are too many love stories, and the quality of them is uneven, and some of the situations do seem contrived or far too obvious. But when you read what Ebert has to say about the movie, you get the idea that he enjoyed it far more than that “belly flop” would suggest. And with performances like those of Hugh Grant, never more winning than he is here, and Bill Nighy who, as usual, steals the show, there is plenty to enjoy – even if, in the end, there is maybe too much over all. But in any case, I am truly a sucker for holiday fare and I genuinely enjoyed this movie.