Love Actually fans have a very controversial opinion about Harry and Karen

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Love Actually fans have a very controversial opinion about Harry and Karen

Love Actually is officially the one Christmas film that will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

However, no matter how many times you watch it (for us, that's a *lot* of times), there are always plenty of new things to spot - from rogue Love Actually facts that you hadn't heard of before, to the odd detail about the film that we all missed.

And now, viewers have taken it upon themselves to share some very controversial opinions about the film, focusing on the storyline between husband and wife Harry (Alan Rickman) and Karen (Emma Thompson).

Sharing their opinion on Reddit, one fan's interpretation of the film centres around their belief that "Karen is partly to blame for ruining her marriage with Harry".

Yep, told you it was controversial.

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

To recap, we'll take you back to the plot line in question: in the film we see Karen taking a sneak peek at what she thinks is Harry's Christmas present for her, opening the box to find a gold necklace. However, when she comes to unwrap what she's expecting to be the necklace, Karen discovers she's been gifted a Joni Mitchell CD instead. The moment is quickly follow by *that* heartbreaking crying scene, before Karen later confronts Harry about the whole thing.

Explaining their take on the storyline, the Reddit user wrote, "We all know that Karen (Emma Thompson) and Harry (Alan Rickman, RIP)’s marriage is compromised because Harry is being seduced by his assistant, Mia. However, I want to add that a lot of the problems in their relationship stem from Karen’s emotional wall."

Photo credit: Love Actually
Photo credit: Love Actually

They went on to explain, "Throughout the movie, we see many examples of her issues. She brushes off Daniel's phone call when he needs to talk ('doesn't mean I'm not terribly concerned that your wife just died') then later tells him to 'get a grip' and that 'people hate s***ies'.

"She tells Harry that her gift expectations from him are low because all she ever expects from him is another scarf. She tells Harry that Joni Mitchell taught her to love ('Joni Mitchell is the woman who taught your cold English wife how to feel.'). Then, when she’s expecting the necklace, she receives the Joni Mitchell CD instead 'to continue [her] emotional journey.'"

Photo credit: Universal
Photo credit: Universal

The viewer then shares their theory that Harry's CD gift could in fact have a deeper meaning, writing, "This is actually Harry’s way of trying to save the marriage because he deals with Karen’s lack of emotion on a daily basis. Yes he f***ed up by giving the necklace to Mia, but somehow he is still trying to help break down his wife’s wall. She thinks she needs the necklace, but she really needs to learn from Joni Mitchell what she thinks she did years ago."

"Joni’s song that plays in the bedroom scene actually tells us this explicitly: 'I've looked at love from both sides now, from give and take and still somehow it's love's illusions that I recall; I really don't know love. I really don't know love at all,'" the fan concludes.

Well, it's certainly a *different* take. Guess this is just an excuse to have a re-watch right now, then?

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