Run time: 135 mins
This very silly tale is requested every year. So here it is; one more needle in the Christmas tree. Don’t call the Samaritans yet. If this film doesn’t tip you over the edge, you’ll be safe for another year. Richard Curtis has talked his old pals, plus a few new faces, into this award winning farce? Hugh Grant would never have been Prime Minister in Harold Wilson’s day. Here, Hugh is in love with No10’s tea lady, while Harold alledgedly preferred the designer of his mac. I’m with Mr Wilson. Anyone can make tea, but a woman who knows her Ganex from her Burberry gets my button! With a cast of near Spartacus proportions, this flimsy tale boasts intrigue, ‘embroiled in various overlapping tales of love and woe’. With the emphasis on the Lurve, not the Actually, and with a hint woe to inject hope, we bring you ‘Love Actually’. But no hope, it remains flaccid without a hint of depth. Apologies. You can escape the family after Christmas, only to be caught in a different bind or bring them with you. At least then you’ll be in the dark together for an hour or so, wishing you were home.