Notting Hill – Film Review

Duration: 2 hrs 4 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): May 21 1999

Genre: Comedy, drama, romance

Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Robert, Richard McCabe, Rhys Ifans, James Dreyfus, Tim McInnerny, Gina McKee, Emma Chambers…

Description: William Thacker is just a normal, middle-class Londoner who lives in Notting Hill and works at a bookshop, but when Anna Scott – one of the most successful actresses in the world walks into his shop everything changes.

My Thoughts: Okay, I’m going to struggle with what to say about this film – not necessarily because it was bad – as the notes I made aren’t very helpful.

I felt a real lack of characters in this film, and the characters that there were, were kind of pointless, especially Spike (Rhys Ifans) who just seemed to show up in really ridiculous and ugly outfits, that could be funny at times but he had no purpose to the plot, although the actor did do the part very well. I also feel like at the end they changed him a bit and decide to stop making him as weird as he was in the beginning and that destroyed his character for me a little bit.

I loved William’s (Hugh Grant) awkwardness, he reminded me of myself; saying things that were complete gibberish and not only is he just yammering he is completely oblivious to the fact that what he is saying is absolutely ridiculous until later on when he questions everything he said in that conversation, as do I with almost every conversation I ever have.

I feel Anna’s (Julia Roberts) character wasn’t very realistic until the end, I feel like at the start they didn’t make her have enough of an actress life, she never had any paparazzi following her around, she never really had any interviews or photoshoot, no one ever recognised her in the streets and then at the end suddenly all of this happened, and I feel like the film was lesser of a film because of that.

There is a scene when William has to fake interview Anna because of a mistake he made earlier on in the film and he does it really badly and asks stupid questions and I feel like if I had been given an opportunity such as that, even by accident I wouldn’t muck it up. And it slightly annoyed me that he did but at the same time it was funny.

There was another scene in which William takes Anna to his sister’s birthday party and I just felt like I could relate to that scene, because all of William’s friends and family’s reactions to Anna is exactly how I imagine my friends or family would act around someone famous and it was just really funny and really entertaining.

I found the end slightly disappointing but satisfying at the same time, it seemed for a little while that it was going to have a twist and end differently to how you expected it to end – which would have been really good – but it didn’t, it ended exactly as you imagined it would, which I found annoying.

It was completely unrealistic, cheesy and stupid but at the same time really funny and really enjoyable.

I’m going to rate this film 4 and a half stars/5.

If you have seen this film, whatever your opinion leave a comment and tell me what you thought or feel free to leave a link of your own review in the comments section!

Warnings: sex is implied, smoking and alcohol consumption are also a feature. For full details click the link to the IMDb parental guide:

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information about the film and cast click the link:

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