It’s a love story. One that suspends reality in a very interesting manner, and in a way that makes the story much more engaging and touching.
But first, I have to say something about people who talk unbelievably loud inside movie houses.
Obviously, there are those people who have absolutely no interest in ‘talk’ movies and I can’t blame them – it’s a matter of personal preference. Of course, these people won’t walk out of the movie house because they’ll want to milk their money’s worth – enjoy the aircon, the comfy seats and the fact that it’s an Ayala cinema, they’ll want to hang around rather than walk out. But please, to chatter their voices out not minding there are people around them trying to appreciate the movie?
I did not pay 130 bucks times two for me and my date to listen to a blow-by-blow account about the movie or Superman Returns and other crap on their minds from behind our seats. I paid to enjoy the movie, and not to amuse myself with the silly chit-chat that they use to pass the time away. Either they do their research about movies or listen to friends’ feedback who’ve seen it or simply walk out if they don’t like the film, and not try to drive other viewers crazy with all that mindless chatter.
Okay. Enough about that. On to the movie review (of sorts.)
The Lake House brings Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves back together for the first time on-screen since “Speed.” The film is an adaptation of a Korean movie, and my best friend tells me that this version definitely stays faithful to the original, but focusing more on the development of the romance between the two leads. The roles that they play, however, are completely different from their first pairing.
Sandra plays Kate, a dedicated doctor passionate about her profession while Keanu plays Alex, an architect who has chosen to take a road very much different from his father, a well-known and highly revered architect, yet just as immensely talented. Here, they are introduced having different lives, brought together by a message left in the mailbox of a beautifully designed lake house. Kate, having moved out of the lake house, leaves a message in the mailbox asking that her mail be forwarded to her current address, which Alex finds as he moves in. Eventually, we discover that they two years apart in time, and soon, from this single letter, a beautiful and poignant correspondence eventually blooms into a moving story of their love.
This suspension of reality drives the story and its’ touching scenes, thus requiring the viewer to keep a close attention to details and events happening in the film, as well as focus on the exchange of dialogue and the delivery of the narration of the correspondence. It is interesting how director Alejandro Agresti blends the film, especially on how he emphasizes scenes overcoming of the ‘distance’ between Kate and Alex, while keeping that ‘distance’ present and real. Also, the script exudes some wit, delivered by both Keanu and Sandra well enough to get a chuckle or two out of you. As the story progresses, the twists and turns of the story surface, the relationships connect and waver, and towards the end, we see the knots come undone and we left either gasping in realization or in amazement how it all pans out.
So, how do I rate this film? Take someone really special with you. Have a cappuccino and an iced tea, maybe a pastry or a bread treat. Answer one another’s questions. Talk some more. Then, watch this movie. If anyone behind you starts giving a blow-by-blow commentary or chattering mindlessly, give them a good stare and shut them up by switching seats. It’s excellent for a date and don’t let such kind of people ruin it.
Two enthusiastic thumbs up. If you liked how “Frequency” (Jim Caviezel, Dennis Quaid) panned out using the suspension of disbelief, this is pretty much its’ romantic equivalent. Now watch it while its’ still on its run.