The Lake House
Distributed By: Warner Brothers
Reviewed by Justine Manzano
I normally have my ear to the ground when it comes to entertainment news. Perhaps I’m slipping, or perhaps I have no time now that I’m in school, but I had heard nothing about The Lake House until I started to see the previews for it about a month ago. Starring big-time actor Sandra Bullock and the sometimes laughable, sometimes brilliant Keanu Reeves, I would think I would have paid attention earlier. So, when I saw this movie’s preview, I was immediately curious. I couldn’t help but wonder, “How the hell is this being done? What a strange concept. Hollywood isn’t this original!” And I was right…this movie was based on a Korean film, Il Mare.
Taking place mostly in a gorgeous lake house, this film follows Kate Forrester (Sandra Bullock), a doctor, as she moves out of the lake house she lives in, leaving a note for the future tenant in the old mailbox (complete with red flag) out front. The letter she gets back asks questions about some peculiar statements in her letter. The statements are peculiar because, instead of getting to the future tenant, it has somehow found it’s way two years into the past, to the previous tenant, Alex Wynter (Keanu Reeves). After several attempts to prove that it is 2006 and not 2004 as Alex insists (including a cheesy one in which Kate tells Alex that it snowed and everyone gets sick, and Reeves—in all his glory—looks out the window, notices snow, and fakes the worst sneeze ever known to man,) they realize that this is really happening—they are living two years apart and they are falling in love. As they fight to figure out a way that they can meet, they find that time paradoxes are rather pesky things that are difficult to overcome—even in a love story.
There are plenty of things that are a little misplaced in this story. There is a strange time paradox issue that gives me a headache whenever I think about it. How come Kate can remember kissing some guy at a party and it was Alex and yet he only did that because he knew her in the future? See, now I have a headache. Reeves had some really bad points, even for him, such as the aforementioned sneeze, a rushed kiss, and a really bad crying scene that just made me cringe. Also, the mystery behind Alex’s future was obvious to me immediately—maybe I just watch too many of these types of movies. All I know is that, I whispered it to my fellow viewer minutes into the movie and I was right. I’d already had the end figured out. That’s not a good thing.
But, despite all of this, there is something incredibly endearing about this film. Bullock is delightful as a lonely woman who settles because she doesn’t want to be stuck waiting forever. She is brilliantly sarcastic and heartbreaking. Reeves even has his moments, and he carries the sweeter moments like a pro. The movie is interesting, and somehow surprising despite my foresight on the ending. Also, it is just plain sweet. Anybody in the mood for a romantic movie, should watch this.
The Lake House is the perfect date movie. You’ll fall in love with the characters and will be intrigued by where the story takes you. While the ending may be a tad predictable, the road to get there is not. Just try not to think that much. You’ll think yourself into a time circle. And that is never good.