Notting Hill (DVD)

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Notting Hill (DVD)

Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant forge memorable chemistry in this charmer about William, an unassuming bookstore owner in London's Notting Hill section a...

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published 12/06/2010 | linzee_loulabelle
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"Notting Hill"

Notting Hill is a romantic comedy film that was released in 1999. It is rated 15 due to sexual content and some strong language and it is 124 minutes long.

William runs a small bookshop in the fashionable area of Notting Hill but it isn't exactly doing very well. He's struggling to cope with being divorced and shares his house with Spike who is very eccentric. One day, Anna, a big American movie star walks into his shop and the two hit it off. Later, William runs into Anna again but awkwardly spills orange juice all over her, resulting in him taking her back to his house so that she can freshen up. From here, the pair realise that they quite like each other but also how complicated things could be with them being from two completely different worlds. Can they figure something out in order to be able to be together?

Julia Roberts ... Anna Scott
Hugh Grant ... William Thacker
Richard McCabe ... Tony
Rhys Ifans ... Spike
James Dreyfus ... Martin
Dylan Moran ... Rufus the Thief

My Opinion
I'm really not a big fan of Hugh Grant as I think he tends to play the same kind of character way too often but I really liked him in this film. There was something about the vulnerability of William that instantly made me like him more than I was expecting. At times, he seemed to be living in a world of his own, not really seeming to care how badly his shop was doing. It came across like he just sat around and truly believed that the best would happen even if he did nothing about it.

Julia Roberts is one of my favourite actresses so it was a no brainer that I would like her in Notting Hill. What I really liked about her character, Anna, was that she was determined to prove that she was just a normal girl. Although she did do a lot to prove this, I refuse to believe that massively famous people are the same as everyone else. With more money etc, they are bound to get used to the perks at some point. Roberts did do a good job trying to convince me otherwise though. Roberts is a very likable actress and it seems to me that no matter what role she plays, she can do no wrong.

Rhys Ifans was completely the best thing about his film. His character, Spike was really strange but extremely funny at the same time. In a romantic film like this, the last thing you would expect to see is a crazy, skinny, Welsh man walking around the house in the ugliest underwear I have ever seen. Spike definitely gets 90% of the best lines and was thoroughly entertaining throughout. He is what made this film different from others in the genre. Because of Spike, this film has a great mix of comedy and romance which a lot of 'rom-coms' don't have. Usually the mix sways a certain way depending on the film but I found that this one was quite equally balanced which really made a change.

The thing about these kinds of films is that they are utterly predictable. You know right from the start that there is going to be a happy ending somehow and that there will be difficulties to overcome along the way. Still, this is obviously a recipe for success with so many romantic comedies being released every year. I didn't mind the predictability in this film like I though I was going to because there is also a lot of other things happening to keep it from being too soppy and silly.

Overall, a romantic comedy that was a lot better than expected.

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  • Deesrev published 13/04/2014
    Well reviewed xXx
  • emily.ha published 14/06/2010
    good film, good review.:)
  • kingfisher111 published 12/06/2010
    i love this film - nice review
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Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant forge memorable chemistry in this charmer about William, an unassuming bookstore owner in London's Notting Hill section and Anna, a Hollywood actress who, against the odds, are able to fall in love. After Anna wanders into William's shop while filming on location in London, the two share an instant attraction and find themselves attempting to forge a normal relationship despite Anna's megawatt star power. Screenwriter Richard Curtis (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) has crafted a traditional romantic comedy which is surprisingly frank in it's depiction of the lives of the rich and famous and the price they pay for success.


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