Love, actually isn’t all around us.
Anyone with basic cable and a television has seen the Christmas movie staple Love Actually. It’s played ’round the clock on network holiday programming, a film equal parts depressing and heartwarming- compelling consumers to either buy their loved one something better than a scented candle or to remind them that since they’ll die alone, they’d better treat themselves to something nice while they have the chance.
Fourteen years after the original release, Richard Curtis has breathed life into the semi-sequel as the feature’s writer director and has nabbed an impressive roster of the crew’s main cast including Hugh Grant, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, and Rowan Atkinson. The revival will be shorter than a feature film, a mixture of character updates to debut on Red Nose Day, a biennial telethon to benefit Curtis’ own charity, Comic Relief. On the mini-sequel, Curtis remarks:
“I would never have dreamt of writing a sequel to Love Actually, but I thought it might be fun to do 10 minutes to see what everyone is now up to. We hope to make something that’ll be fun – very much in the spirit of the original film and of Red Nose Day. It’ll certainly be a nostalgic moment getting back together.”
However, Emma Thompson who delivers arguably the best performance as a woman coming to grips with the discovery of her husband’s affair is noticeably absent from the lineup. Alan Rickman, her on-screen husband in the original film passed away just over a year ago, and Emma commented that it was just too soon, and too sad to explore her character’s future with Alan gone.
“We thought and thought [about it] but it just seemed wrong. It was absolutely the right decision.”
While Curtis is doing the right thing in tactfully avoiding exploiting Rickman’s death for a comedy charity event, Thompson’s performance will certainly be missed.
We miss you, Alan.