Thursday, September 4, 2014
Notting Hill by Roger Michell, 1999 (PG-13)
A chance encounter brings together reserved bookstore owner William Thacker (Hugh Grant) and Hollywood icon Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), who forge an improbable romance until Anna's megastardom begins whittling away at their relationship. Can their love overcome all the pretense -- and the flash of the paparazzi? Rhys Ifans co-stars in a scene-stealing turn as Spike, William's dim-bulb, bedraggled flatmate.
Isn't it the epitome of Hugh Grant British Romantic Comedy? It is perfectly funny, Julia Robert is the biggest star of that time, making the whole scenario very much believable, even if Hugh Grant being the biggest star in England at the time. The cast of the supporting actor is either irresistible or impeccable, or both. So, despite the genre, it turns out to be a really good funny romantic comedy (made as a blockbuster tearjerker). Oh, and don't you love London in it? For me, that was the best character of the movie, and not only because I always loved London...
with Julia Roberts (August: Osage County, Duplicity, Mirror Mirror Snow White, Eat Pray Love, Larry Crowne, Fireflies in the Garden, The Normal Heart), Hugh Grant (About a Boy, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Did You Hear About The Morgans?, Two Weeks Notice, Cloud Atlas), Hugh Bonneville, Emma Chambers, Rhys Ifans (Mr. Nobody, The Five-Year Engagement), Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee (The Tudors), Richard McCabe, James Dreyfus, Dylan Moran, Emily Mortimer (Paris Je T'aime, Hugo, Our Idiot Brother, Shutter Island), Samuel West, Alec Baldwin