The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
Notting Hill is a sweet, good-natured romantic comedy that succeeds on every level it is trying to be. The story is well-written and more original then it may come off from the trailers. This is a film about movie stars that actually have meaningful conversations about being movie stars. Hugh Grant is also dashing in the leading man role. Roberts actually gives best "Rom-Com" performance here, aside from the Oscar-Nominated, Pretty Woman. She restrains herself and isn't loud or obnoxious, just true to the character. This is some of her most underrated work.
With beautiful shots of London and a sweeping romance, Notting Hill is an example for future romantic comedies. I only had one problem: there is a huge gap in the middle where Roberts is off in America. I understood it was important to the story, but it didn't have to last 20 minutes. This is her story as much as it Grant's, but the writers put her on the back-burner.
While the ending is predictable, it's sweet and makes you smile. Wonderful film; 8.5
- Jul 21, 2010