Friday, November 14, 2008

Love Actually is all around

I had thought of watching a few romantic movies or to be precise flowery ones. The sarcasm is not on the romance but on it being flowery. My busy schedule doesn't allow me enough time to sit and watch them :). There are only a countable number of these romantic flicks that usually comes out of the mouths of those who typically find them too good. A few of the them being

1.walk to remember actually
3.notting hill

and a few others too whose name i am not able to recall now.

I really am not sure why i was skeptical about these kind of movies even before watching them. It might be due to reason that I have not encountered those emotions before, not in the form that they portray it in a few movies.
When someone says, " Dei, watch Walk to remember... saw it... its extraordinary.. very romantic... one of the very best.. was very realistic"..
i usually say "is it? have heard about it.. heard that it was good... will put it in my to-watch list".

Neither is their suggestion this corny with so much adjectives, nor is my reply 100% true.

The overwhelming symbolisms and abstractness of classic oldies can make you dizzy at some times, either because it is too heavy or it is incredibly incomprehensible, and it is at these times, that i crave for some crazy masala movie or a ridiculous romance to cool my head off. The unintended goofiness of a serious emotional sequence can pull out a good laugh.

I had kept these movies for a time like that. I did watch a few of these movies. The experience was kind of mixed. A few were pretty decent enough and a few were deadly duds.

I watched 'Love Actually' yesterday.

It - 'Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England' - from IMDB.

The film started out pretty decently, introducing lots of characters to the viewer in a very short span and a even more decent intro about on airports being places that can show you that love actually is all around.

It had a seriously high rating of 7.8/10 in imdb with about a 70000 votes. The movie had a brilliant cast that included Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and lots of others for very short cameos.

There occur a few incidents, a few mishaps a few confusions between the protagonists, but before the end of the movie they all recuperate with their loved ones.

It was decent enough if you overlook a few moments like, Prime Minister falling for his assistant and he refusing a deal with the U.S, to the standing ovation of the reporters, as the U.S president misbehaves by hitting on his secretary and finally a smooch with the secretary in the presence of an entire audience of a school function and to add to my distress even they started clapping.

To be short the entire Prime Minister episode was a big laugh. Other than that there were lots of mills and boons kind of, the guy sweeping the girl off her feet moments. I haven't read a single mills and boons yet, but its in my 'thousand things to do before i die' list, though I am not sure if i would be able do it.

This movie is not that bad actually, its just that i get too picky and nasty when it comes to reviewing such movies. I liked the part when the guy who loses his one sided love to a buddy, confesses it to her. It was a nice sequence. Nice acting too. The Billy Mack episode and Laura linney episode were also good. Alan Rickman(Severus Snape)who has one of the best articulation, was wonderfully wasted.

A piece of dialogue from that movie, where a nice boss suggests his lovelorn associate to propose to his lover soon..

Harry: Tell me, exactly, how long it is that you've been working here?
Sarah: Two years, seven months, three days and, I suppose, what, two hours?
Harry: And how long have you been in love with Karl, our enigmatic chief designer?
Sarah: Ahm, two years, seven months, three days and, I suppose, an hour and thirty minutes.
Harry: I thought as much.
Sarah: Do you think everybody knows?
Harry: Yes.
Sarah: Do you think Karl knows?
Harry: Yes.
Sarah: Oh, that is- that is bad news.
Harry: Well I just thought maybe the time had come to do something about it.
Sarah: Like what?
Harry: Invite him out for a drink and then after about twenty minutes casually drop into the conversation the fact that you'd like to marry him and have lots of sex and babies.
Sarah: You know that?
Harry: Yes. And so does Karl. Think about it. For all our sakes. It's Christmas.
Sarah: Certainly. Excellent. Will do. Thanks, boss.

Not a bad one. But the last lines spoil it for me.
'Yes. And so does Karl. Think about it. For all our sakes. It's Christmas.'

It might be entirely due to difference in culture, but I don't think I can find someone who says such a dialogue like this.

Just try substituting the word Christmas in the last line with say Diwali, Pongal.
See how odd it is. New Year sounds pretty decent, but still that dialogue is too corny. I cant stomach such conversations, but again that is just me.

But even after all these small things, its not a bad movie but seriously overrated.
A 6/10 would be a proper score.

It is a seriously sad thing that a few buddies of mine get enthusiastic about the movies that i rate low. They say, "If you find it bad, in most cases we would find it too good and vice versa". :(


  1. Unaku ellam ande allavu ku feelings pathadu inde movie ellam pakka.!! To be really true these movies are liked by most because invariably everyone relates some part of the story to their life.!! If you don't have anything to relate thats it.!

  2. yeah to be honest... i didnt have too much to relate to... but i did find a few things very charming... and i sure did like the movie... was a decent watch... besides coming to the point... which part of the movie did u relate to.. ;).. is it where the british youngster goes to America in hopes of getting lotsa chicks to meet? and by the way.. still goin to bglore on weekends? :)

    P.S: He is one of folks who does what i have mentioned about in the post's end :(