The Lake House
Although a little predictable and more than a little sappy, the refreshing Lake House still isn"t your typical love story.
Lonesome doctor Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) must move out of the lake house she loves so much but leaves a letter for the new tenant in the mailbox with a forwarding address and a few pointers about the house. When Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves), who"s father built the house, moves in, he finds things very different than Kate"s letter has revealed. After a few exchanges of questions and curiosities, they realize they are living on the same day, two years apart. Wondering how this could be happening (as are we), the mailbox suddenly becomes a conduit for their burgeoning love affair. But attempting to meet face to face is the challenge.
Reeves is generally perceived as an action hero, with Speed and The Matrix movies cementing his fate. So, seeing him in romantic films such as Sweet November makes us cringe a little since he always looks like he"d rather be off chasing buses. While this still remains true in Lake House, the stiffness actually works since the character doesn"t have much interaction with his object of affection. And of course, pairing up with his Speed co-star is a plus. The emotion pours out of the two. Bullock"s slightly guarded character begins to open up to Reeves" and the letters, which turn into conversations throughout the movie, depict the connection nicely.
Inspired by the South Korean film Il Mare, Argentinean director Alejandro Agresti handles The Lake House with a fine hand. It"s true the time-travel premise is more than a little confusing and riddled with plot holes, but one has to keep in the back of their mind The Lake House is meant to take you on a journey of sorts. Agresti does an excellent job of doing this, highlighting the scenic beauty and having the characters talk to each other through their words. If you just don"t think about the ridiculousness of it too much, you"ll enjoy it.
Hollywood.com rated this film 2 1/2 stars.