This week The Pink Heart Society's very lovely Natasha Oakley takes us to the cinema for an inside look at The Holiday, a brand new Christmas Film...
I so very nearly picked 'It's a Wonderful Life' as my Film on Friday but at the last moment I've gone for this year's Christmas movie offering 'The Holiday'.
This is an unashamed romantic comedy with a wish-list starry cast. Cameron Diaz plays Amanda Woods, the owner of a movie-trailer making company who has a cheating boyfriend. Kate Winslet is the British based journalist, Iris Simpkins, who is suffering unrequited love for the deliciously caddish Rufus Sewell. Both women face a Christmas holiday alone.
Deciding to take herself away from it all, Amanda (Diaz) sees the quintessential English cottage belonging to Iris (Winslet) on a 'home swap' internet site and the two women agree to exchange their homes for two weeks.
Having intimate experience of living in a two up, two down English cottage I can tell you Iris (Winslet) came out on top in terms of accommodation. :) Iris (Winslet) arrives in sunny LA to find the kind of palatial pad with swimming pool that's featured in expensive style magazines.
Amanda (Diaz) meanwhile struggles to adapt to snowy England and a picture-book cottage that requires the wearing of bedsocks. (And, yes, they really do! Quite often!!) Not to mention the kind of plumbing that requires a rose-coloured view of all things vintage.
Amanda (Diaz) is on the point of leaving when Iris's (Winslet) brother arrives, after one too many at the local pub, expecting to sleep it off.
You need to suspend disbelief at this point. Not only does she, a solitary female, let him in, she also suggests they spend the night together. I suppose it is Jude Law at his most charming ....
Their relationship develops and you discover that Graham (Law) has an excellent reason for behaving as he does. He's better than perfection, btw!
Meanwhile, in LA, Iris (Winslet), has befriended an elderly screenwriter neighbour and the friend of Amanda's ex-boyfriend played by Jack Black.
Miles (Black) is less of a prize imo. I think their relationsip feels a bit 'forced'. I may not be the most unbiased of observers, however, because I find Jack Black annoying to watch in pretty much anything. And, of course, Rufus Sewell is not!!
My criticism of this film is that it's too long. On the up-side it confirms my belief that life can change for the better in a moment. For me, Law and Winslet scoop the acting honours - and the houses are wonderfully droolworthy.
Since I'm completely prepared to suspend disbelief, I give this film a Pink Heart:
Warm and fuzzy rating of 7/10.
Lots of Love - Natasha
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