Run time: 135 mins
This silly tale is requested every year. So here it is; one more needle on 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 (Boris) Grant would never be a Prime Minister!? in Harold Wilson’s day. Here, Hugh is in love with No10’s tea lady, while Harold allegedly preferred the designer of his mac. I’m with Harold. Any eastender 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 Lurve, not the Actually, and with a hint of woe to inject hope. But no hope it remains, a sloppy nonsense without a trace of smut, just in time for Christmas. Escape the family or make them suffer; bring them with you. Highlight: alongside Colin, is Rickman’s Achilles: Heike Makatsch as Mia the stunning, irresistible flirting distraction from the weighty Stars and even thicker-than-porridge ‘plotlines’. No need for ‘Come’. You’re already here.