#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris’ cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris’ brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love.
Plot: Two women, one from the United States and one from the United Kingdom, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.
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Swiss Chocolate of Romantic Comedies
Do you like chocolate? Do you know that moment, even before you put it in your mouth? You can imagine that taste. You can feel that rich sweetness on your tongue, the smoothness going around your mouth . . .
The Holiday is a romantic comedy. You know what that means. And if you don’t like romantic comedies, don’t go and see it. If you do, you will know what to expect. The mushy feelings creeping up on you. All those ‘If Only . . .’ emotions telling you there is a lovely place somewhere in which people fall in love and everything works out kinda perfect. If only for a while . . . say, for the holiday period over Christmas and New Year . . . or for the 138 minutes which this film lasts.
Two Women on the Verge of Emotional Breakdown do holiday house swap. They escape lovelorn predicaments and find ‘unexpected’ love on their opposite sides of the Atlantic. Cue picturesque English country house just the way Americans imagine it (with sheep out the back). Cue enormous L.A. mansion with swimming pool (just the way Brits imagine it).
Cameron Diaz is Amanda, owner of a movie-trailers editing firm. Since she’s played the same comedy character several times, there are few surprises; but an excellent script, written directly for her and the other three leading stars, projects it rather better than average. Kate Winslet as Iris, a successful writer on The Telegraph, is more nuanced: an actor with considerable range, we cannot but help admire the way she does ‘pathetic girl’ rather beautifully in a role that she could manage with one hand counting the ways to have fun and get paid simultaneously.
Formulaic it is (wonderful women with scoundrelly fellas eventually get The Real Men They Deserve – meeting puppy dogs, children, and falling snowflakes on the way of course). But, well-done within a narrow genre, it still stands out. No-brainers like this tend to have dumb scripts and dumber acting, but The Holiday contains warm, natural dialogue and heartfelt chemistry. If this was the 40’s, you’d want Jude Law and Cameron Diaz to get married off-screen afterwards. Charismatic and entertaining, unless you find Diaz, Law or Winslet personally irritating (some people do), they are a joy to watch, filling their parts with love and light. Excellent production values keep the rather trite story flowing. Everything is picture-perfect, long lenses flattering the features of the already handsome stars, filters and soft-focuses carefully delineating the mood.
There is an overall honesty to the performances. “You look like my Barbie!” delights a four-year-old excitedly to Diaz. Ironic? But said with so much affection it is self-deprecating rather than cutting. Jack Black struggles to get out of his music-and-silly-faces typecasting but just manages to look the part for an intellectual Iris who is not attracted to skin-deep. Jude Law, on the other hand, could be an advert for men’s skin cream, and too rounded a character to be mere pin-up material.
With more Christmas songs than you can shake a piece of tinsel at, The Holiday is a warm, snuggly romance to lose yourself in before coming firmly back down to planet earth. It might be shallow, but it’s seasonal entertainment – and a Swiss chocolate of romantic comedies.
Lightweight but Enjoyable
“The Holiday” is a romantic comedy which features two romances rather than the more usual one. (Mind you, “Love Actually” is a rom-com which tells the stories of numerous different romances). The two main characters are Amanda Woods, an American editor of movie trailers and Iris Simpkins, a British journalist working for The Daily Telegraph. (Spot the product placement!) Both have recently suffered romantic disappointments. Iris is suffering from unrequited love for a colleague while Amanda has discovered that her boyfriend is cheating on her. Looking for an escape, Iris goes to a home swap website, and exchanges homes for the Christmas holidays with Amanda, whom she has never met. This being a romantic comedy, of course, both women have to fall in love, Amanda with Iris’ handsome brother Graham and Iris with a musician named Miles.
Apart from the double love stories the main theme of the film is cultural differences between more traditional Britain and more laid-back America, with both women coming to appreciate the good points of each other’s country. These differences are emphasised by a difference in look between a wintry, snowbound Surrey, where Iris lives in a quaint rural cottage and a sunny Los Angeles where Amanda has an ultra-modern luxury home. This was presumably the point of setting the American scenes in southern California, one of the few parts of the USA to remain warm and sunny even in December; had Amanda lived in, say, New England the visual contrast between the two settings would have been lessened.
One of the difficulties with a “double rom-com” like this one is that there is not always sufficient space to tell both stories in detail. Here the “English” Amanda-Graham romance is developed in greater depth than the “American” Iris-Miles one. The English story involves much more character development and tells the normal rom-com story of how the obstacles to the love of the two characters are overcome. In this case the main obstacle is that Graham initially seems to Amanda (and the audience) to be a charming but selfish womaniser; it is only later that she discovers the truth about him, namely that he is in reality a widower looking for a stepmother for his two young daughters. The story of Iris and Miles, by comparison, seems a mere makeweight. Indeed, much of the American story involves Iris’ friendship with the elderly screenwriter Arthur who seems to have known all the great names from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
This was Kate Winslet’s last film before she went on to make the ultra-serious “The Reader” and “Revolutionary Road” in 2008, so I was glad to see that she can also act in something lighter. I was also pleasantly surprised by Cameron Diaz, who made Amanda an attractive heroine. In the past I have normally associated Cameron with rubbish like “The Sweetest Thing” and “Charlie’s Angels” and have regarded her as being out of her depth when attempting something more serious like “Gangs of New York”. “The Holiday”, however, is one of her better performances. The generally reliable Jude Law was also good as Graham, and there is also a nice cameo from the veteran Eli Wallach (aged 91 at the time) as Arthur. The one actor I did not like much was Jack Black as Miles. Black seems most at home in zany comedies; rom-coms are not really his forte.
One of the main pleasures for me was recognising places I know, as I used to live in Guildford, close to Godalming and Shere where the scenes in England were filmed. Overall, “The Holiday” is a lightweight film, but a pleasant and enjoyable one. It makes a more welcome addition to the ever-growing corpus of Christmas films than much of the sentimental slush we have to endure year after year. 7/10
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 16 min (136 min)
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Nancy Meyers
Writer Nancy Meyers
Actors Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 11 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS, SDDS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, USA, Technicolor Digital Intermediates (digital intermediate)
Film Length 3,745 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm