For those of us who adore Period Drama, some of our favorite actors are at their best here...
Emma Thompson, as a housewife who thinks her marriage and family life is stable until she finds that necklace (I always yell at the screen when Alan Rickman's character cheats).
|No Emma, don't open the present....|
|Boo, hiss.....(throw shoe)|
Then we have Colin Firth as a stuttering sweetie, who is dumped by his girlfriend for his goofy brother (what was she thinking!). He goes to France, only to fall for his Portuguese cleaning lady (hot, sexy, cleaning lady).
And we have Hugh Grant as the unlikely new Prime Minister (and Emma Thompson's brother) who falls for his slightly foul mouthed assistant. Hugh's dance routine to the song "Jump" is hilarious and worth watching just for that!
|Swivel those hips Hugh!|
|Take a bow...|
The one part which is now a bit hard to watch is Liam Neeson as a widower, struggling with adapting to single fatherhood. As he is now a widower with two young boys, after his wife Natasha Richardson died after a ski accident, this cuts a bit close to the bone, but as it was always the most poignant part of the film, it will only be more so now. The extras do however have a really funny bit with Liam and online porn sites, which will have you rolling on the floor.
|The total agony of being in love?|
A rather unusual part of this film, deals with the love between two adult males, in a platonic way (I believe), with Bill Nighy as an aging rock star and Gregor Fisher as his "chubby employee" ("Ten minutes with Elton John and you're as gay as a maypole!"). Bill Nighy is a legend in British comedy.
|I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes....Christmas is all around us...|
Kiera Knightley in the unrequited love sequence is absolutely radiant, and made me Google "banoffee pie" to find out what the heck that is (aparently it is banana and toffee...hmmmmm). Andrew Lincoln as her admirer and best friend of her new husband is both adorable and heart breaking.
|Banoffee Pie...a bit suspect?|
I could go on, but instead, I think I'll just go and pop this DVD in to get me pumped for the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I have a craving for a banana split now...