The total agony of being in love.

11 Jan
If you know me personally, there’s a good chance I’ve confessed to you my love of romantic comedies. I’m not sure when I started to enjoy them, but the best ones get me real bad. I’m not too proud to admit the odd solitary tear. For the right film, of course.

Love Actually (2003) is packed with all the best stuff: romance, scandal, heartbreak, fame, airport goodbyes and Alan Rickman. What kind of genius could be responsible for such a cinematic masterpiece?

A New Zealander. Obviously.

Wellington-born, London-based Richard Curtis was also the screenwriter and mastermind behind Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Notting Hill, as well as Blackadder and Mr. Bean. He won a BAFTA, was nominated for an Oscar, and still managed to find enough free time to launch two charities, Comic Relief and Make Poverty History.

So next time you’re asked, you won’t be afraid to admit that, yes, you do like Love Actually, and Actually it’s perhaps one of the great films of our time, and Actually the scene where Prime Minister Hugh Grant is dancing through 10 Downing Street to Jump (For My Love) is a shining example of brilliant screenwriting by a man far cleverer than any of us.

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5 Responses to “The total agony of being in love.”

  1. Aimee January 11, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Daniel: Option One: ask her out.
    Sam: Impossible.
    Daniel: Fair enough. Option Two: become her friend.
    Sam: She’s the most popular girl in school and she hates boys.
    Daniel: Okay. Option Three: kidnap her and keep her tied up in your room until she agrees to marry you.
    Sam: It’s a route I’ve considered.
    Daniel: And quite rightly rejected on the grounds of…
    Sam: Hygiene.

    • jonoaidney January 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

      Yes!

    • tessa January 11, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

      i’m sure it’s a route jonny has considered on occasion

  2. Pete January 15, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Yes, this is all well and good, but don’t forget he also wrote and directed The Boat the Rocked, possibly one of the worst films I’ve ever seen.

    • jonoaidney January 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

      I intentionally omitted that little glitch. The US re-cut, Pirate Radio, was even worse by all reports.

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