Monday, March 15, 2010

Notting Hill

Hugh Grant became famous playing these kind of "bumbling fool" roles, and I have to tell you, I like his newer roles where he plays an asshole a lot more. the thing that works about this movie isn't Hugh Grant's performance as a bumbling fool, or Julia Roberts as the ice princess famous star who awkwardly tiptoes through every scene as she finds herself mysteriously falling for a patently unfamous bookstore owner, but the ensemble cast of weird friends who populate this universe. The "supporting cast" rally behind their friend as he goes through life, mourning his lack of luck in the love department, they support him when he decides not to complicate his life by getting involved with a star, and they rally together to help him out when he changes his mind and makes a last-ditch effort to win her back. I love the supporting cast of this movie, and I like what it has to say about love (it shows up in strange and annoying places, often thwarting our best-laid plans) and so I love this movie, as cliched as it might be. It has heart and soul that other movies with similar plots only wish they could have.

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