Red Nose Day Actually (2017)

I grew up in a home that didn’t have any Christmas traditions. It wasn’t until I moved out that I developed my own.

In 2004 the world was introduced to Love Actually, dubbed the ultimate romantic comedy. I fell in love with that movie and only watch it on Christmas Day; to make sure I never get tired of one of my favourite movies. 

Fast forward 13 years, and the original cast, minus a few for obvious reasons, returned on Red Nose Day to raise money for charity. Love Actually still makes me laugh and cry every year and Red Nose Day Actually managed to accomplish the same in just 15 minutes. I don’t cry because I’m heartbroken or anything; I usually shed a tear or two of joy. I love these characters and their charming personalities. It warmed my heart to see the original cast come back for this great cause. 

My favourite couple is David (Hugh Grant) and Natalie (Martine McCutchen). I loved how he was re-elected as Prime Minister and that this adorable couple was still together. The next best thing in this short is the reconnection of Liam Neeson’s character Daniel and his step-son Samuel, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster. Sam’s in love again with Joanna (Olivia Olson), and this time around, she’s back to ask for his hand in marriage. 

One of the most famous scenes in film history is the posterboard cards, used by Andrew Lincoln’s character Mark to profess his love for Juliet (Kiera Knightley). The pair reconnect at the beginning to start us on the journey down memory lane. 

Bill Nighy is back in one of his best roles ever, washed-up rock star Billy Mack. His radio interview is perfect, and it’s like Billy never missed a beat after all these years. 

The other couple that needs a mention for being awesome is Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz). Jamie still hasn’t mastered his wife’s native tongue, and their miscommunication is one of the best aspects of their cute relationship. It was great to see them still married with three kids and one on the way. Definitely one of the best couples in the Love Actually universe.

I can’t complete my review without pointing out the greatest flaw and waste of time in this short. The majority of the world loves Rowan Atkinson and his crazy comedic performances. Sadly he returns as Rufus the jewellery salesman, only to torment a new customer with his slower than molasses gift wrapping ability. I would have been okay without that character inclusion; however, he was in one of the original’s most memorable scenes.  

If you enjoy Love Actually, I guarantee that you will fall for Red Nose Day Actually. If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the original, I recommend that you take the time to watch it before you catch up with everyone. 10/10


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