The Lake House

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The Lake House --- Starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock (A No Spoiler Review!)

Jun 16, 2006 (Updated Jun 16, 2006)
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Pros:Reeves and Bullock are great, innovative story, very deep characters

Cons:none in my opinion

The Bottom Line: I think this was an excellent film with strong acting, a great depth to the story, and a romantic undertone that I loved.


In the midst of all the high-octane summer movies, The Lake House popped into the mix with the perfect timing. It was the type of film that I had been waiting to see, and when it finally made it to the big screen I was quite pleased. The story is one involving love, and the paths of two different people, who happen to live in different times. The trick here, is that they share more than they know, and actually have the ability to chat with each other even though they live 2 years apart. This supernatural twist is what makes the movie so interesting, and what drew me into the story in the first place. If that seems like a confusing concept, most things are explained well enough as the story progresses, so nobody is really left in the dark with the plot. There are however elements that are left up to the imagination to place the reasoning and emotional attachment to the subject.

The reason the film is called The Lake House, is because the central part of the story surrounds them both living there, and more specifically the mailbox that they both use. With one of the main characters (Alex Wyler played by Keanu Reeves) living in 2004 and the second character (Kate Forster played by Sandra Bullock) living in 2006, it doesn't seem possible that these two should be able to interact with each other. Through something beyond their comprehension, they can exchange messages through the mailbox, and the other person receives it right away. Think of it as e-mailing through time, with the guarantee that someone is always on the other end. It brings to mind another one of my favorite movies (Frequency), in that a father and son are able to talk to each other through time using an older radio. I liked that concept, and I ended up liking this one just as well. The characters are of course tempted to move beyond just messaging each other, and that is where the movie becomes even more interesting.

The best part of the story, is that it doesn't force itself on you, and you aren't bogged down by the fact that this doesn't seem like a plausible story. The way it is written, I was drawn right into the story, and I was able to enjoy as both of the characters were explored in depth. It was actually a breath of fresh air that they were given some meat to work with, and how the love story became another part of the movie, rather than overshadowing each characters existence. I think in part because of that, and more because of Reeves and Bullock, this story really ended up working well. There weren't those moments in the film where it would drag and you hopped it would just get on with something, and there was not a part where you thought one of the characters was overacting one of their scenes. I think that the acting by the stars, as well as some of the supporting characters really keep the audience involved in the story.

Think of The Lake House as a romance, with a little bit of a supernatural twist and you will better understand the audience that the creators were going for. I think that some might be worried that Reeves cannot hold his own in a romantic story like this, and that his Matrix/Bill & Ted persona might carry forward too much, but for this viewer I was very pleased with how he pulled of the character of Alex. Instead of being wooden, or relying on the lines to carry him through the movie, he was forced to show many different emotions, which were of course matched by Bullock on the other side of things. Together again for the first time since they did Speed, I think this is a team that was meant to do a romantic movie such as this one. I really enjoyed just about everything about it, and I am pleased to say that it was enjoyable for the full duration. I think more movies like this one should be made, and even if you find yourself thinking it might be too predictable walking in, you should not let that ruin your viewing opportunity. I find myself highly recommending The Lake House because of my high level of enjoyment with this film.




















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