Predictably Jude Law is the English playboy, Graham, gorgeous, charming and no more than eye candy. Law has the face that could very well melt the coldest of hearts, but don’t expect to see any brilliant acting. His role is similar to that of Cameron’s: look beautiful and hopefully no one notices your atrocious performance.
In Hollywood there are actors and comedians. Very rarely you’ll find an artist who can do both. However, Jack Black is not that person. Black plays Miles, a melodramatic composer. He is more in love with his girlfriend than she is with him, and he spends his days writing themes for romantic movies. Black seems very uncomfortable in this role, the soft-hearted teddy bear guy doesn’t suit the comedian. He tries hard to create chemistry with co-star Kate Winslet, but fails miserably.
Winslet on the other hand is great as Iris. Any woman can whole-heartedly identify with her character. Unfortunately the miscasting of Black puts a downer on her superb performance.
In short you can expect some interesting cameos, some fuzzy-wuzzy stuff and some laughs, but no brain. If you take The Holiday for what it is, a romantic holiday movie, then it can prove to be enjoyable family entertainment. Unfortunately it does not even live up to the standards of Love Actually, the movie it so longs to be.
- Ashlin Simpson
A Christmas romance so light and brainless that it almost floats off the screen. But hey, we'll take any excuse to watch beautiful people canoodle.
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