If you are one of the many people who are more than a bit confused about the plot(s) of "Love Actually", don't fear! Though the film has no less than fifteen different storylines involving a dozen main characters, the movie's theme is quite simple. It's about love, actually.
Director/writer Richard Curtis one day noticed the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport in London and decided to write a movie about relationships. In this brilliant piece of filmmaking, he examines nearly every type of relationship, including unrequited love, an extramarital affair, the death of a loved one, a new marriage, the love between siblings, love in the spotlight, and love in the shadows. Simply put at the beginning of the film, "love actually is all around" - and Curtis proceeds to show us how it is indeed filling the air.
Taking place over the five-week period before Christmas, the film follows different characters' life stories, all of which are inextricably woven together into a seamless tapestry of love. It is this complex emotion that unites strangers, brings together friends, and allows families to bond.
Never before have I seen such an all-star cast with every actor playing a major role. Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Kiera Knightly, Colin Firth, Rowan Atkinson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Laura Linney, Billy Bob Thorton, Denise Richards - just to name a few. All of these extraordinary personalities come together to create a totally unique view on love and the holidays, a funny and heartwarming film you won't get tired of.