We are humans. That means that our hearts don’t just beat to circulate blood. They beat first, because we love. Love brings us joy, sorrow and the ultimate fulfillment of our souls destiny. There are no simple answer and “happily ever after” isn’t necessarily always in the cards. But regardless, our hearts exist to love. It is at Christmas that we feel this most fervently.
When I polled my friends, both male and female, “Love Actually” was a “chick-flick” and “guy-flick” all-in-one. Plus, both male and female Tokii members say that they love a good story line.
In fact the movie grossed over $244 million worldwide. There are eight stories of life; and with life, of course, comes love. It will gently send you a message that is bound to speak specifically to your heart. There is no judgement in this film. We observe these amazing characters and brilliant actors on the roads they travel and in them find the love message that we most need to see, maybe in the most unusual of places.
With the exception of one very entertaining vignette, none of the stories are cliche. The messages they send are difficult, dealing with big themes of sadness, grief and joy too. Yet while the movie takes you to places that you may cry, you will also laugh. And laughter is the strongest medicine, restoring a positive feelings and connections between those sharing in it.
The single moment that touched me personally made the feelings that I may have been avoiding visual, and did so with such clarity that I couldn’t ignore them. However, even as I reached for the Kleenex, the writer of this movie gave my heart a break and a laugh.
Don’t wait to live your life, don’t wait to watch this movie. And please don’t assume that its message isn’t new and fresh every year because this truly is one of the most brilliant, feel good, feel real, Christmas movies I’ve ever seen.
“Let’s go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”
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