The Lake House
OK. So let me try to put this strange situation into some sort of perspective. For some unexplained reason, the architect, Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves), somehow manages to send a letter to the pretty young Doctor who once lived in his old house, Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock), although she's currently two years in the future. Furthermore, as days turn into weeks, these two time-crossed pen-pals both get to know each other on a very personal level, where they talk about love, life, happiness, and all of that jazz.
Alright. I know what you're thinking to yourself, folks! And I agree with you. Honestly I do. This does sound very-very bizarre indeed! However, is it as bizarre as when Kate instructs Alex to retrieve a book she lost in the past? Or is it as bizarre as when Alex cannot seem to phone Kate in the future?
No. Don't fret. There respective paths aren't barred by their respective partners: Morgan and Mona (Dylan Walsh and Lynn Collins). Plus Alex's ill Dad, Simon (Christopher Plummer), doesn't hinder these proceedings either.
Yet, whilst saying that, that's most probably why what next transpires slowly slides into play when Kate remembers kissing Alex at a birthday party she had two years previously. As a tragedy has a cyst - a prearranged dinner is fatefully missed - the passing years don't get any better - and ultimately a date with destiny is saved by a posting of a letter.
Damn you 'The Lake House'! You've tricked me. You've tricked me into liking you even though I don't know why.
Yeah. Most probably. Plus I have to state that this tale was very engaging on a personal level. As in its own amiable way, it was able to amalgamated love and spirituality in two uneven doses, resulting in a film that touched a nerve within me which I don't really like being touched.
You see, if I'm going to be Frank about it, folks, one of the main reasons why I don't really care for romantic movies, is because they can appear somewhat formulaic on occasion, and blind the audience into believing something that isn't very natural or very real.
Granted, in the case of this flick, it did sidestep the 'formula' part of the equation with some great acting by Keanu and Sandra. And as for the 'natural' part of the equation, it took another even bigger sidestep by laving the screen with sentimentality and the unknown.
Hey! Don't get me wrong. I don't think this movie is some sort of timeless classic (excuse the obvious put). Occasionally there were places in this drama where it seemed to lag -- especially in the first twenty minutes or so, because it was kind of irritating to piece together what was really going on. Also, I have to say that I wasn't too keen on how certain scenes came across somewhat hooey in execution -- like those long forlorn and brooding segments for instance.
Well. Come on. Let's face it. If you could talk to someone who lived two year in the future, wouldn't you ask them for the lottery number of something? Instead of just being coy and trying to play nicely-nicely?
Overall 'The Lake House' is a fairly decent film. The actors were great. The premise was intriguing. The overall romantic ambience was spot on. Yet from my own cynical point of view, I would have liked it a lot more if it was a bit more natural and down to Earth.
THE RATING: B-