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Notting Hill review
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Decent at best

Eh. I originally rated 'Notting Hill' with two-and-a-half-stars (5/10); but I've since docked a half-star because I didn't think 'Notting Hill' was all that great to begin with -- and it's one of those movies that, reflecting upon it afterward, I liked a little bit LESS, not more.

But for a Julia Roberts movie (most of the time, I don't care for those) 'Notting Hill' isn't TOO bad, either. I enjoyed the London setting, and (although I didn't "fall in love" with him) Hugh Grant is fine as the low-key, down-to-earth bookstore owner who just happens to meet and form a relationship with a famous movie star (Roberts) after she wanders into his shop one day.

Speaking of Roberts -- she's okay in her performance (I guess), but her character leaves a LOT to be desired! What exactly did "Will" see in "Anna"? (I'm sure she's supposed to be just stunning, but beyond her appearance?) Throughout the movie, Anna comes across as self-oriented, dishonest, inconsiderate, and barely tolerable. (If she'd been played as cutesy or "wacky", I would have absolutely loathed her.)

Still -- without giving away the ending (not that it would matter if I did, considering this movie is pushing 20 years old), I'll just say that it's a predictable one, and will probably satisfy any viewer who likes a "fairy tale" ending. (Personally, I thought the ending was rather dumb myself.)

Despite all of my gripes, I wasn't as bored by 'Notting Hill' as I expected to be. I doubt that I'll ever re-watch it, but (except for the stupid ending) it's a pleasant enough film -- in a Hollywood blockbuster (via London) sort of way. (4.5/10)

Added by thaskett
4 years ago on 20 February 2015 23:55