Now, we all know Richard Curtis is awesome, right? But it wasn't until I did some digging that I realised he's written pretty much all fab films to date (ahem, we'll ignore that screenplay he wrote for the Bridget Jones sequel, I'm sure it's the books fault that movie sucked). A formula with a bit of humour, romance and tragedy seems to be working out pretty well...
I'm ashamed to admit I only saw Four Weddings and a Funeral a few years ago! I really rather enjoyed it - it was a bit dated by then but you gotta love a cast stuffed full of British talent. I can't resist a wee Hugh Grant movie...
As a teenager I was convinced some beautiful famous man was going to come and sweep me off my feet and we'd live happily ever after (either this guy or this one...) so I can absolutely see why this movie appealed to me. Or maybe it was the Hugh Grant thing again.
I remember going to see Love Actually at the cinema and being completely charmed by the whole thing. I still watch it multiple times a year and still can't decide on the best story line - Liam Neeson as the widowed father? Emma Thompson as the tired wife? Hugh Grant as PRIME MINISTER?! I'd vote for that. Easily my favourite of the bunch.
Everyone gave The Boat That Rocked a hard time but I really liked it. True, it meanders to its inevitable conclusion at a snail's pace, but the stuff in between just makes you want to time travel back to the 1960s and go be a DJ on a boat. Plus I remember it came out just before I moved into projection - in my interview I talked about how the presentation was when I went to see it. Good times.
Anyone care to comment on the magic of Richard Curtis?