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Notting Hill (DVD)
Member Name: greenpomme
Notting Hill (DVD)
Advantages: Great cast, funny, romantic
Disadvantages: A bit predictable
This is one of my all time favourite films, one of those that I end up watching on TV even though I own the DVD. The film was released in 1999 which is when I first watched it (on VHS!) and is now a staple in my DVD collection. Not surprisingly it was written by a writer of whom I'm a huge fan, Richard Curtis. Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and The Vicar of Dibley are just a few of the many other things he is responsible for.
Divorcee William Thacker is going about his unremarkable, everyday life, when his Notting Hill book shop is visited by American actress Anna Scott. A further chance incident leads them to meet again and their relationship rolls out from there. The problem is that they are worlds apart; she's a famous movie star, and he's the bloke off the street.
William Thacker is played by Hugh Grant. It is another of those roles in which he plays the quintessential Englishman (does he ever play anything else?!). Julia Roberts as Anna provides the perfect contrast, and as could be expected, she has no trouble playing a Hollywood actress. The pair are great together. The film has a strong supporting cast who form Will's friends and family. These include Hugh Bonneville, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee, Rhys Ifans and Emma Chambers as Will's dotty sister, a role which is not dissimilar to her one as Alice Tinker in Dibley. Also, look out for a 12 year old Mischa Barton who has a small role.
I think it's clear by now that I am very fond of this film. It has a lot of charisma, the characters are easy to warm to and I can't help but love Spike (Rhys Ifans) who is Will's flatmate, he has some excellent lines.
This is another one of those films where you're likely to turn around 20 minutes in and your fella has dozed off. I'd say it's definitely one for the girls, and even then for the romantics of our kind. If you're a fan of either of the leads, you will probably love this as it is similar in genre to many other films they have starred in.
I'm split when it comes to the music used in the film. On the one hand I really like The Lighthouse family's 'Ain't no sunshine' and Costello's 'She', but on the other, I can't stand Ronan Keating. It comes down to a matter of personal opinion though and while I don't like his music, it does go well with the film.
This film is rated 15.
The running time is 124 minutes.
Can be bought for around £3 - £4
Summary: Girl meets boys with an obvious twist; she's famous, he's an ordinary guy.