A New Christmas Classic
Unashamedly, Love Actually is one of my favorite films. Contrived as it is, it is the perfect example of a successful ensemble film, carefully and neatly tying all of its storylines together into an explosion of pure holiday joy and love. Not only does it work as a romantic comedy, but the film manages to encapsulate the childlike feeling of happiness that is nostalgically attached to Christmastime. The film also injects a fair amount of "Four Weddings" style humor, chiefly from Bill Nighy's brilliant turn as a cynical and aging rockstar.