October 6th, 2016


Movie Critique 2016 – 06/09/2016: The Holiday

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a movie review.
Prologue: Go here.

Stars: 4.5 / 5
Recommendation: Another one of those flicks that will put you in a happy mood and also give you entertainment.

The Holiday is a 2006 American romantic comedy film starring Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Jude Law. This is another one of those movies that I love to watch and always cheers me up in whatever kind of down mood I might be or adds more cheer to me if I am already in an up and up mood. The plot revolves mainly around these four characters with a few of them supporting.

Amanda Woods (portrayed by Cameron Diaz) is the owner of a prospering Los Angeles advertising film creating movie trailers. She breaks up with her live-in boyfriend Ethan Ebbers (portrayed by Edward Burns) when she discovers that he was cheating on her with his 24-year old secretary. Iris Simpkins (portrayed by Kate Winslet) is a society column editor for The Daily Telegraph in London and has been in love with Jasper Bloom (portrayed by Rufus Sewell). However she becomes despair about how her life is turning after Jasper announces his engagement with one of the "other woman" he had had a relationship with on the side.

Both of them decide to go online and take a holiday when they come across a home swap website. After looking at each other's homes online, they decide to swap their homes for two weeks. Amanda travels to Surrey in England to Iris's home and feels disappointed with the quiet life there.  Just as she books a flight to go back home, Iris's brother Graham Simpkins (portrayed by Jude Law) comes to the cottage to sleep his drunken stupor off. Graham is a book editor and a single father of two little girls Sophie and Olivia. The attraction between them sizzles and sparks and they end up sleeping together.

In Los Angeles, Iris is impressed and absolutely delighted by Amanda's luxurious home. She meets with Miles Dumont (portrayed by Jack Black), a friend of Ethan Ebbers who had come to retrieve some of his stuff. She also meets Arthur Abbott (portrayed by Eli Wallach) who was s screenwriter during the Golden Age of Hollywood with quite a few Oscars under his belt.

Thus the plot continues where both Amanda and Iris make new life in the two weeks of their vacation, have a change of heart within them as well as folks around them, fall in love and eventually make life-altering decisions.

The story is really sweet with enough romance and comedy mixed together. No over the board acting by any of the actors and no major glitches or hiccups that would make the viewer pause to think about their choice. The scene where Amanda (Diaz) runs in snow in heels, I thought was so illogical. Who runs in snow wearing heels? However, looks like Cameron Diaz actually did that scene for real. Amazingly athletic she is. The movie is set in Los Angeles, CA, USA and Surrey, England giving the viewers a feast of two contrasting worlds for their senses to enjoy. That perhaps was the most successful factor for this movie along with the star cast. Although Hallmark had produced one or two movies of similar plot for their Christmas movies airing on their Movies and Mysteries channel, this is the one that I like the most.

Do watch it if you come across either on TV or on Netflix or Youtube or any other source of media.
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