‘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.
Before popping this in for a family Christmas viewing, remember that significant amounts of nudity and swearing are present; however, for adult viewers, “Love Actually” is a fine reminder that love is truly all around.
Extra features are basically the same as the 2009 Blu-ray disc; the witty commentary is from the original DVD release. This time around, the packaging includes a Christmas ornament, as well as a DVD and digital copy of the film.
— Matthew Price