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Both sides now.

I've just had the opportunity to rewatch Love Actually -- I'd bought the DVD a week ago, along with the Christmas presents for my parents and friends but hadn't had the time to watch it until now.

This movie is just so beautiful even the deleted scenes made me cry, and laugh, and cry again. Emma Thompson is just fabulous, Hugh Grant is funny, Alan Rickman is... endearing, I suppose, and Liam Neeson is awfully warm and sweet. I don't think I've ever seen a movie which managed to convey the depth of emotion this one does without feeling cloying or artificial in the least.

If nothing else, it's worth seeing for Emma Thompson alone. She breaks my heart.

Apart from that, this movie made me fall in love with Joni Mitchell. Because this is love:

Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

Moons and junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As ev’ry fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way

But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away

I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all

Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say I love you right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way

But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living ev’ry day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all
I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

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hardlyfatal
Dec. 18th, 2004 01:59 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous lyrics, esp. the lines "I really don't know _____ at all". Love it.
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