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Love Actually (2003)
Enough bad language to sink a battleship!!!
This is supposed to be "one of the best British films of the recent years"????!!!! Well, maybe only because just about every notable British star of today is in it. Yeah....and every single one of them has to say F*** at least once, even the Portugese maid (translated in the subtitles, naturally!) Is this much cussing really NECESSARY in a romantic comedy, and a Christmas one at that?! But then again, what else one might expect from a movie with Hugh Grant as the center of attention? It's one thing to put up with filthy mouths in a movie with a good story, like "Bridget Jones' Diary", and another to get a ear full of it in some corny, not funny and utterly overrated movie such as "Love Actually". My only regret is that this was the very first movie I ever saw with Colin Firth, and though at that time I had no idea who he was, his storyline in this movie was the most tolerable of them all. He is now one of my top favourite actors, and had this movie exhibited a little more class, he would have become my favourite actor much sooner.
It's a good change for open minded Firth fans.
I'd have to say that to fully appreciate this movie one has to be both, fan of psychological suspense thrillers and fan of Colin Firth. I happen to be more on the latter side, that's why I chose to rent it rather than buy it. This movie certainly showed Colin Firth's acting ability and proved once and for all that he is a versatile actor who can play any role and be convincing in it. However, one might have to watch this film twice (or very closely) in order to understand it completely. But even then it might leave a person with a few questions and provoke a few debates, which I think any decent movie should be able to do, especially a psychological thriller.
Where the Truth Lies (2005)
Missed the point of this movie...
I decided to watch it only because several sources gave it a high number of stars and rave reviews. It was a boring movie, slow paced and gave an overall feel of a B picture, not to mention some of the script was simply not necessary to get the point across. And speaking of the movie's point, I couldn't see it other than maybe to shock a few people with some explicit material. Maybe these days that's enough to make some folks jump for joy, but there has to be something a little more substantial to keep me from yawning. I know that the NC-17 rating of the film made a big scandal and controversy among fans. While most of the time the rating is all a bunch of bull, quite often movies that lack in the story, acting or budget make up for it in explicit sex scenes (which is what got this film its rating), language or gore, and the plot gets lost somewhere in between all these distractions. I suppose it is all personal taste, and different people love or hate this movie for various reasons. To me, it is a combination of reasons. There was simply nothing to this film. The only good thing about it was the cast, and as much as I love the actors, they were not enough to save it.