Director: Roger Mitchell
Starring: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans, Tim McInnerny,
Gina McKee, Emma Chambers, Hugh Bonneville
Knotting is flawed, but pleasing romantic comedy with a clever premise wrapped into a script by English screenwriting luminary Richard Curtis (Bridget Jones, Bean, Blackadder, etc)that has both amusing lines and some unconvincing character actions that hurt the overall effect, but still leave director Roger Mitchell with his finest film, thanks to some surprising little style ideas of his own and wonderful performances by a strong cast. Grant delivers his lines with his usual fantastic self-deprecating style and Roberts glows in a role that she suits her perfectly.
In Knotting Hill, Hugh Grant is William Thacker, the owner of a small book store who finds himself meeting a world famous actress played by the world famous actress, Julia Roberts. Against all odds, the two begin a quirky on-again, off-again romance, while William is supported through this buffeting experience by a wonderful, offbeat bunch of friends. The movie features some funny little glimpses into a movie star’s life and touches upon issues of fame, which might explain some of the character behaviours that I found unconvincing.
Knotting Hill is entertaining light fare that is lifted above the average film in this genre by an intriguing premise for anyone who ever daydreamed about meeting a movie star and having a relationship begin just like they were real people! Imagine that! It’s funny, sweet and I have watched it more times than I can admit and still retain the right to enter men’s locker rooms.