Love Actually! I am strongly in the “love” camp. While, “love but also fastforward some of the storylines” camp.
I had a friend years ago who described Indian movies as “they certainly like a lot of story in their story”. Which also describes Love Actually! SO MUCH STORY! And so much magic and angels and love at first sight, and even important song sequences. There is a clear overlap in my Love Actually love and my Hindi Film Love, and I am guessing I am not the only one here.
Love Actually was technically remade already as Salaam-E-Ishq, but not really. They kept the Alan Rickman-Emma Thompson plot recast with Anil Kapoor-Juhi Chawla (GENIUS), but pretty much every other storyline was just a little bit tweaked. So there is still plenty of room for us to investigate a remake idea. Also, don’t watch Salaam-E-Ishq. The Govinda storyline is lovely and great, but the rest of it is sort of messy.
Anyway, Love Actually! Things to talk about!
Which is your favorite musical moment? Hugh Grant dancing to “Jump”? The little girl singing “All I Want for Christmas is You”? Or Liam Neeson and the little boy doing a duet of “Joanna”? Or something else?
Which is your favorite storyline? I am partial to Liam Neeson connecting to his stepson, myself.
Which storyline would you remove? The Emma Thompson one is of course the most painful to watch, but is so well done that I can’t look away. I think I have to go with the stupid “guy goes to America for sex” story. Or the incredibly depressing and frustrating Laura Linney one.
Which romance do you think is sweetest? I very much enjoy Hugh Grant’s shocked love at first sight experience, but I think overall the adult film actors and their very sweet innocent romance surrounded by sex scenes is the very best.