Directed by Richard Curtis. 136 mins.
Worth my time? No. (Watched on DVD)
Ah, this was a disappointment. Despite the title (and a few genuinely sentimental moments early on), there isn’t a whole lot of actual, convincing love on display here. The absurdly bloated number of story arcs doesn’t make up for the lack of compelling narrative (you think that people would realize that it’s the fatal flaw of ensemble movies, but apparently not). Of course, with each story comes a hokey climax, one after another, that pummels the audience with “aww…”.
Between all that and the long running time, you could do a lot better with romantic comedies. At least is wasn’t American, though.
PS: If your movie is centered around a holiday, and ends with a big musical production (but is not a musical or a concert film), it probably won’t be that good.
PPS: Bill Nighy is easily the funniest part of the movie.
(Watched and originally written during Summer 2010 when I was on a real movie bender)