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The Lake House (2006) – His Review August 30, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Drama, Movies, Romance.
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Dir. Alejandro Agresti

Starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer

Not exactly Ghost, not quite Bridges of Madison County, but somewhere in between.

Or so the PR people for this movie would have you believe. From the media image it looks like a dreary tale of a war veteran who finds love as he is fighting cancer, only to wake up realizing it was a dream he had in the hospital – after which he dies in cancer.

Luckily The Lake House is a whole lot more interesting – and funny – than that. It’s got some weird time-travel going on, which is a lot better than cancer. Alex & Kate (Reeves & Bullock) live in a house by the lake, but not at the same time. With the help of a seemingly magic mailbox they become penpals, friends and more. It’s not a wacky race for laughs but the story creates funny moments all the time, which is what I hoped for when I learned of the premise.

The acting is subdued, but there is some great work done here. Bullock shows her character’s change over the years very naturally, and Reeves.. well he does fine. He looks like he just woke up, both literally and metaphorically, but it works. Ebon Moss-Bachrach is great as Alex’s younger brother, tormented by some inner demons that we’re never really introduced to, they just show in his mannerisms.

I haven’t seen the Korean original, can’t say I’m all that interested to compare them, but I may watch it later. As for this one though, it’s a definite must-see if you like the tinglies associated with feel-good movies. It’s a chick flick in the same way that Reservoir Dogs is a guy flick – it’s just a good movie in it’s genre.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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The Lake House (2006) – Her Review August 30, 2006

Posted by Eury in Drama, Movies, Romance.
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Dir. Alejandro Agresti

Starring Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer

Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) moving on with her life and moving to the big city, leaves a note in the mailbox of her house on the lake for the next tenant so they can forward her mail. Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) writes her back and says she must be mistaken since the lake house he just has moved into hasn’t been inhabited for years. They soon come to realize that the confusion is simply because she’s living in 2006 and he’s living in 2004. They exchange notes via the magical mailbox. I loved this part of the movie, it was fun and exciting and I was spellbound.

They continue to write notes to each other and soon fall in love. Is there a way for them to be together? Can they somehow arrange to meet in his future.. and her tomorrow? Two years is a long time, but can they do it? Is it possible? We follow their journey and wish wholeheartedly that they get together, as destiny seems to want them to be… otherwise why would this wonderfully impossible relationship be happening?

Some people may look at this movie and be too analytical and try to figure out the science of time travel etc., and I think this is exactly what you shouldn’t do. You must really just suspend your disbelief and let yourself be absorbed into these extraordinary events. Many couples have hindrances in their relationships… so if these two can get together through the distance of time, other obstacles such as geography suddenly seem small and leave us all with hope.

I’ve often looked at Sandra Bullock as the girl next door, very likeable but usually have not been able to feel her having much chemistry with her leading men in other movies. She’s usually strong, comical and much louder. In ‘the Lake House‘ she is very soft and I could feel her having chemistry with the (perhaps a little wooden) Reeves. Yes, he is a bit stoic but there are guys like that and that doesn’t mean they aren’t feeling anything beneath the skin, so I liked him also.

I genuinely liked this movie quite a bit. I laughed, I smiled and yeah, maybe I cried a little too… throw away your logical side and let yourself flow with the magic that exists in this universe.

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