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The Holiday (2006)

In Movies on October 29, 2011 at 12:06

I’ve not been in love with a movie for quite a long time until I watched this film. This is a 2006 film and I can’t believe I just discovered this recently. I am in love with the movie that I’ve watched it twice already within a couple of consecutive days.

Two unlucky-in-love women got their hearts broken just before the holiday. Having never met each other, they decided on a home-exchange for two weeks for the sake of just getting away from it all. Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) who makes a modest living writing for the The Daily Telegraph in London, England owns an idyllic snow-steeped cottage in Surrey and home-exchanged it with Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz), big-hit movie trailer producer, who lives in an exceptionally luxurious home in the hills of L.A. The aftermath, of course, them being in a more positive light having love found them by chance.

Opening Film Lines:

This may not be of the greatest opening film lines out there but it did capture my attention.

I’ve found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said “love is blind”. Now that is something I know to be true. For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then, there’s another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. Its called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one-sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space! Yes, you are looking at one such individual. And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmas’, the worst Birthday’s, New Years Eve’s brought in by tears and valium. These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life. All because I’ve been cursed by being in love with a man who does not and will not love me back. Oh god, just the sight of him! Heart pounding! Throat thickening! Absolutely can’t swallow! All the usual symptoms.

The  Cast and the Pair-ups:

Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) and Miles Dumont  (Jack Black)

Now this, I have to say, is one interesting pairing. Kate Winslet and Jack Black are both amazing. I just have not thought of them being amazing together– as a couple.

Iris met Miles, an offbeat and kind movie composer who is an assistant to Amanda’s ex, in L.A and they immediately became friends which gives off this refreshing ambience between their characters. When Miles discovers that his girlfriend has been cheating on him, Iris is there to help him through it; she in turn allows herself to open up to Miles about her own heartache. It is not long before the two begin to look at each other in a new light.

When I knew of this pair-up, it just left me curious as to how these two beautiful actors would make this work for the audience. I feel as though we haven’t seen Jack do something like this before, this being a more-into-the serious-relationship type of character. Though playing a role a bit different from what he usually plays, it didn’t seem artificial. There’s still that sense of Jack Blackness to his character which I think fits well with the role he plays. A definite Jack Black moment: when Iris and Miles were at a sushi restaurant and Miles accidentally grazed Iris’ boob while he reaches for something on the counter and says, “Okay, sorry about that. Boob graze. That was accidental. Accidental boob graze. I’m sorry” The pairing brings such a pleasantly fresh and different feel as compared to the two, meanwhile, back in Surrey.

While in L.A, Iris realizes that she is a leading lady, but for some reason [you are] behaving like the best friend (Eli Wallach as Arthur Abbott, The Holiday) 

The Meet Cute

Say a man and a woman both need something to sleep in and both go to the same men’s pajama department. The man says to the salesman, “I just need bottoms,” and the woman says, “I just need a top.” They look at each other and that’s the ‘meet cute.’  (Arthur)

 Kate with her happy dance. When Iris first sees the LA home she will be vacationing in for two weeks, she does a cute little happy dance throughout the house. Oh, and that part when she woke up with the song, ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ by Jet, she dances still in bed and in her pjs. She was so adorable!  Just look at her, so giddy!

Amanda Woods (Cameron Diaz)  and  Graham Simpkins (Jude Law)

Need I say more? I think Jude Law is a brilliant choice for the character. Graham is a really charming gentleman, a pretty decent sort of chap and I think Mr. Law portrayed Graham’s personality well. There’s really nothing much to say about this pair-up but they’re brilliant, absolutely brilliant. (Watch the film!) Both Jude Law and Cameron Diaz did a really good job playing their roles.


Let me just say that this little girl who played Olivia, Graham’s daughter, is just too adorable!

The Soundtrack:

Hans Zimmer together with the other genius composers did really well on the soundtrack. I mean, it just fits perfectly to the setting, to the characters! Zimmer just captures the sensations and stories in every note. I absolutely love the soundtrack and in fact, I have downloaded the whole of it right after I finished the film. I don’t know about some of you guys but I think most of you who have watched this loved the soundtrack as well.

I love instrumental music it is like a painting left to open interpretation. simply brilliant! The power of emotion within music. I can say that what they have created (soundtrack) is just absolutely amazing because even without the lyrics, even without words accompanying the music, there’s still this intensity to it that just makes you know what it is about.

My favourites among the tracks are: Maestro, Gumption and Cry.

This film is highly recommended!

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