What’s your favorite holiday movie?
I finally got a chance to watch one of mine last night. I have been smitten with Love, Actually, ever since I first saw it many years ago. As a fan of The Walking Dead, I’m always watching Andrew Lincoln in his Love, Actually role as the guy in love with his best friend’s new wife. In that role, Andrew is respectful and sweet and realistic about the (im)possibility of his love interest. It’s such a departure from his TWD role as Rick Grimes, killer of zombies and, when necessary (which is sometimes debatable), people.
When I watch a movie more than once, I see something new with each viewing. One thing I noticed on this viewing is the unfortunate amount of women’s body-shaming that goes on. I won’t recount it for you here, but it definitely stood out to me this year, and it sort of tainted my enjoyment of the movie this time around. I don’t really know what to do about that. Part of me is sadly disappointed that I hadn’t noticed the body-shaming earlier. What about you? Have you noticed that unfortunate element of Love, Actually? If so, what did you think? What did you do?
And, this year, something else stood out to me. This year, I found myself watching the character of Billy Mack. IMDb describes Billy as an aging rock and roll legend who records a terrible version of a Christmas song. Billy, himself, describes the song as a “festering turd of a record.” It’s bad and, thanks to the genius of the show, it gets stuck in your head while you watch the movie.
Despite not liking the song, Billy Mack agrees to promote it, in the hopes that it becomes the number one Christmas Single of the year. So, Billy and his manager take to the promotional airwaves—recording radio interviews and appearing on music television shows. With each appearance, Billy is more crass and more crude. He is far from politically correct and doesn’t try to put people at ease. He is disrespectful and he is rude, and the people love him.
Slowly, Billy’s song and Billy himself grow in popularity and, in the end [spoiler alert] his song is named the number one Christmas Single of the year!
Over and over again as I watched last night, I heard myself saying aloud, “He’s just like Donald Trump! The more crass he gets, the more people like him!” It really was uncanny.
I’m not sure what it is that makes that kind of behavior popular. It’s a phenomenon to watch, for sure. And, I don’t have an answer, nor am I “taking a side” here in this post. I’m simply wondering a few things:
- What’s your favorite holiday movie?
- What do you do when you suddenly see something you hadn’t seen before, and that something changes your perception?
- Have you ever watched Love, Actually with Donald Trump in mind?