This movie is about a Hollywood superstar Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) and William Thacker (Hugh Grant), the owner of a travel bookshop in Notting Hill. They meet when Anna enters his shop and later that day, he accidentally spills his drink on her clothes when they bump each other on the sidewalk. He then offers his place nearby so she can change. Before leaving, she gives him a seemingly impulsive kiss. They meet again at the Ritz Hotel where he is mistaken as one of the journalists who will interview her. Next, they are in a birthday celebration of William’s sister. The story continues with the two becoming intimate with each other. How long can a relationship between a very famous celebrity and an unknown seller of travel books last?
We have heard of many stories about a rich girl/guy and a poor guy/girl falling in love with each other. The storyline of this movie is like those of others. The details, however, are what make this film different. The dialogues, the scenes and camera works—especially the one that depict the changes of the season—are commendable. Although the main characters have a big gap in their social and economic status, they have at least one similarity. They both want to have simple lives. Apparently, William already has it, but will he be able to make that kind of life for Ana? It must not be easy for a celebrity like her. Can this get in the way of their relationship or is William the kind of guy who can understand everything that comes with her celebrity status?
The supporting characters are very interesting and funny. The funniest for me is William’s roommate. He makes the viewers’ bodies bend forward (sometimes, backward) because of laughter. After watching the movie, I have acquired the skill of holding a cup of soda with a steady hand while every other part of my body moves in the same rhythm as my unstoppable giggles and chuckles. William’s family members are adorable most especially towards the end of the movie. These days, whenever I see gated parks, a romantic scene plays in my mind. That kind of park also reminds me of William’s unexpected exclamation that makes Ana have a good laugh. I also have a good laugh just by remembering it. Have you ever encountered a laughing ghost? If you have, most probably, it is me.