It’s the most wonderful time of the year to stare longingly into Jude Law’s eyes, and there’s no better way to do so than by watching The Holiday this Christmas. I religiously watch The Holiday every year, and it’s particularly great for the beginning of December when you’re easing into the Christmas spirit because it isn’t that Christmassy. It’s one of those Christmas films that happens at Christmas but could, equally, happen at any time of the year. This year, while watching The Holiday with my housemates, I realised what makes it quite so enjoyable — it is absolutely ridiculous.
Obviously, we have the general Rom Com themes: heartbreak, lust, airport scenes, fumbling through new relationships with attractive English men in a beautiful, isolated cottage in Surrey. But also, the characters are entirely unhinged.
Kate Winslet plays Iris, a wedding columnist (I am not too sure why this job exists) who is obsessed with her ex-lover and present emotional drain, Jasper. When Iris finds out that Jasper is newly engaged, she swaps homes with Amanda (Cameron Diaz) over the festive period to escape the inescapable loneliness of unrequited love.
Iris is not the strangest character of this film though, enter Amanda. This woman is legitimately insane. Her big emotional flaw is that she physically cannot cry, and this absurd plot point is brought up far too often as she wails and whimpers attempting to conjure up ANY evidence that she is not a stone-cold psychopath. Not only this, but on her first date with Jude Law she describes the intricacies of her parents’ divorce and how it emotionally scarred her for life… romantic.
However, let’s be honest, we watch The Holiday for one reason and one reason only, and that is Jude Law. He is an intelligent, widowed book editor with two children and a heart of gold. Last year my housemates applauded when he put a pair of glasses on top of his beautiful blue eyes. But anyway, I am getting sidetracked. The Holiday is wonderfully ridiculous and so heartwarming, and its little quirks simply make it better each year. Christmas would not be the same without it.
– Hollie Piff
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