I’ve just got a chance to watch The Holiday all over again. Fortunately, I don’t really think watching it again is a waste of time. For years this movie has been on my mind, and I watch it again to find the reason. If you asked me ten years ago or five years ago about my preference to romantic comedy, I would tell you that this genre did not receive my full attention and it would not be an appropriate topic for me to write about. And now I am doing totally the opposite of it. Why did the change happen? I don’t know. Perhaps age really makes a difference. Or, the change comes from my new perception about this genre. Romantic comedy is like light meals. It is easy to digest, and it won’t grab too much energy and attention from you. For those who still want to believe in love (or those who are near the edge of losing faith in love), its lovely ending leaves you something hopeful. I guess this is why this genre has started to catch my eyes in these years: I love a story that can bring us hope.
In the beginning of The Holiday, we see two women in great despair. One is cheated by current boyfriend, and the other is “cheated" by her “ex-boyfriend" (as what Iris described about her relationship with Jasper, I seriously doubt he could be taken as her ex-boyfriend). But they are not the entire miserable crew . Iris’s handsome brother Graham is torn between his two different identities: a single father playing a mother as well; a man in need of a company (and someone who can share the parenting). Arthur, who Iris befriends with during her stay in Amanda’s place, used to be a successful script writer and now sees himself as a useless old man. Through the amusing interaction between characters, their lives are changed into a far better ones. These changes delight them, amaze them, and encourage them to be confident about the future. All these yeas, the story of The Holiday has been secretly catching my attention because it is a story involving change and its positive outcome, and a sense of hope is humbly staying in the background.
But before the change can take place, however, one needs actions. The changes we see in the story start from Iris and Amanda’s house exchange. In reality, I think this is a very courageous move. Back in the story, Iris’s change starts from listening to the old man and watching movies with tough heroines. Arthur’s change starts from accepting Iris’s company. Graham’s change starts from…having sex with a stranger staying in his sister’s house? Yes and No, for I think it starts from sharing his real life problem with Amanda. As to Amanda and Miles, I think their changes are just slightly dealt with in the movie. Near the end of the movie, Amanda weeps because of parting with Graham. Her tears seems to suggest something but its connotation is not sufficiently elaborated within the frame of story. As for Miles, he is definitely going to be with Iris– otherwise, there is no need to bring up their encounter! Besides Arthur’s speech about his love of movie, the encounter between Iris and Miles is another brilliant moment in The Holiday. “Legend has it, when the Santa Ana blows, all bets are off. Anything can happen." What a nice line. I seriously hope our life can be the same.
“I’m absolutely overwhelmed…that I could climb those stairs."