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  • Elise Paris

The Best of Christmas: Day 8

Hi again!

The first week of December is through and after whats probably been a busy week, I’ve got you covered for your Saturday night film. Behind today’s door is the 2006 festive rom-com, The Holiday.

This is the story of two women, Amanda from Hollywood and Iris from London, who are both sick of their love lives, impulsively deciding to swap homes over Christmas.

To be honest, I’m not a fan of most modern rom-coms, but when I first got round to watching this one, I remember feeling pleasantly surprised. I think the cast were a big part of that. Cameron Diaz I usually find inexplicably annoying, but I don’t think thats as much her fault as the roles she is cast in. The Holiday was written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and I think you can feel the difference between a male and female direction. For one, The female characters including Amanda (Diaz) and Iris (Winslet) are far more complex, and therefore more likeable. Jack Black also tames his personality and comes across surprisingly humble with only a pinch of comedic antics. The plot lines are classic with subtle twists to keep the audience engaged.

On the whole, this film is sweet, charismatic and a perfectly light entertaining film to watch on a December evening.

Thanks for reading!


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