If you happen to celebrate Christmas, you know there are certain movies which you enjoy sitting down to watch annually. They could be animated or involving real persons and it’s something you look forward to. One movie is worth watching every Christmas and the title speaks for itself.
‘The Holiday’, directed by Nancy Meyers (‘Something’s Gotta Give’), is the story of two women who ‘tis the season by deciding to escape their lives for a brief period of time and travel halfway around the globe for the festivities. However, it isn’t the happiest of seasons for either of them. One has a sleazy boyfriend and the other is the sufferer of unrequited love.
Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz (who play Iris and Amanda, respectively) are the two women who bring magic to the screen in this romantic comedy. Their characters are absolutely relatable to those who may have had an awful partner in a relationship or wanted someone that didn’t share the same sentiment towards the other. Characters who the audience can relate to: sign of a story being told well.
What’s fantastic about this movie is the fact the audience takes the journey with the women to new places. Iris and Amanda decide to swap houses for the season. Most people who watch movies often will be familiar with the Southern California area in which Amanda lives in, but Iris lives in the English countryside which isn't shown regularly in bigger movies; with the holidays, it is a perfect setting. Snow, a quaint village, and a cozy cottage: can it be more picturesque?
While living in their temporary homes, Iris and Amanda meet special people and share tender moments with their new friends. Among the people they meet are two men who Iris and Amanda fall for. Jude Law, who plays Graham, quite literally stumbles upon Amanda’s doorstep and at that instant you can see they’re a match. Iris’s flame, Miles (Jack Black), is another man you know is one hundred percent compatible with her. These men are the best representation of hope and love.
Christmas shares the same values as the movie. Hope and love are what bring the characters together. When someone special comes into your life, they can bring hope if you've been through turmoil and heartbreak. And it goes without saying that love will forever bring joy into our lives. Part of Christmas is about the love for each other and the hope which inspires us to have a blessed New Year.
Meyers successfully accomplished crafting a loving, charming and relatable romance story for everyone to enjoy. It doesn't matter if you’re a male or female; the story is one that, again, is about hope and love, and makes us believe that even in the saddest moments of our lives, we can make a decision to change and it will lead us to a future that we would've never imagined for ourselves.