'Love, Actually' 10th anniversary Blu-ray review

The writer of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Bridget Jones' Diary” brings together an all-star British cast
by Matthew Price Published: November 1, 2013
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‘Love Actually' 10th anniversary Blu-ray

Writer/director Richard Curtis merges multiple romantic comedy stories into one with “Love Actually,” one of the best holiday movies of the past decade, now out in a 10th anniversary edition.

The writer of “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Bridget Jones' Diary” brings together an all-star British cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Alan Rickman.

Keira Knightley (“Pirates of the Caribbean”), Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”) and Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead”) have seen their stars rise Stateside considerably since the original film.

Bill Nighy plays an aging rocker pushing a novelty hit for the Christmas season; Grant is the recently elected prime minister of Britain facing a meeting with the U.S. president and a potential office romance; Neeson is a grieving father seeking to connect with his stepson (Thomas Brodie-Sangster). These are just a handful of the multiple storylines that intertwine over one Christmas season. Thompson shows significant emotive skill as a woman on the wrong side of a love triangle; Grant and Firth bring a combination of stammer and charm to their respective roles. The commentary, which features Grant sarcastically poking at Firth nearly every time the actor is on screen, is funny stuff.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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