Quick notes on 'Notting Hill'.

It seemed rather strange that I had never seen this film (or at least not all the way through).  Being in love with London and British culture as I am.  But I do feel a little bit ignorant and out of the loop when it comes to films set in the "contemporary" UK.  With that said, this film felt like it was fraying a little at the edges in terms of age.  Soundtrack will obviously pull anything back to its rightful decade.  But also certain elements such as the swelling music during a kiss scene.  The final montage with all the friends smooching their assigned partner at the press conference.  And don't even get me started on that horrendous excuse for a wedding dress they put Julia Roberts in.

I think what I'm trying to say here is that I expected myself to enjoy this film much more than I did.  Sure, overall Hugh Grant was charming with his bumbling mannerisms.  And I did love London as a backdrop.  But I couldn't help but wonder if this film was received as cheesily when it came out in 1999 as I am in 2013.  I didn't believe the chemistry between Grant and Roberts.  And I think a lot of that was due to the contrived "professions of love" exchanged between them.  "I'm just a girl standing here wanting a boy to love me" or however it goes.  I was so put off by it, I can't even be bothered to Google it to see if I got it right.

While it may come off that I really disliked this film, I actually did enjoy it--I just was hoping for more.  I wasn't engaged enough.  Not fully, not sustained.  Goodness, I hope I'll be nicer next time I quickly jot down my thoughts on a watch.


  1. I first saw Notting Hill years ago, so maybe my view is a little tainted, but I adore it. The quaint London backdrop, for a start, is so idealised, but I just shrug because that's where I want to live. The "I'm just a girl standing in front a boy" still makes me cry, even now, in spite of myself, because I want to feel that way.

    Oh, and Rhys Ifans! His ridiculous thing with the t-shirt is just stupid humour, but I still laugh for hours.

    I maintain that the smoke in the scuba goggles, however, is bona fide comedic genius.

    But that wedding dress... ugh. That wedding dress. I'll never forgive that wedding dress. It was hideous.

  2. Notting Hill is, I think, one of those 'romcom' movies that on release was deemed popular but in reality is actually just kind of cack. For me it kind of typifies the whole generic romantic comedy genre which people seem to be getting tired of (finally!). There's nothing like repeated Ronan Keating to let you know at exactly which moments you are meant to feel gushy!


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