Title: “The Lake House”
Run Time: 98 mins
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer, Ebon-Moss Bachrach, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Dylan Walsh, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Plot: Having the chance to cross paths with that one perfect person, in order to fall in love, is an event that everyone wishes they could experience. But just how long is one willing to wait for this once in a lifetime event to happen? And if by chance, this wish does present itself, is that person going to do everything they can to hold on to their new found love? Or will that person just dismiss this beautiful opportunity as a fictional fairy tail and turn their back on true love forever?
Dr. Kate Forester (Sandra Bullock) is a woman totally consumed by her work. With the exception of her constant visits with her loving mother (Willeke van Ammelrooy), she never seems to make time for anyone or anything else in her life. Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) is a gifted architect who lives under the shadow of his famous and emotionally detached dad Simon Wyler (Christopher Plummer). In his pursuit to erase any memory he has of his dad, he has successfully detached himself from any emotional contact with anyone, finding himself living a very lonely life on his own at the lake house his dad had built. Then one day as Alex makes a trip to his mailbox he reads a letter from a former tenant of the lake house, named Kate Forester, who respectfully asks him to forward any mail addressed to her. As he reads on, he notices some peculiar inconsistencies about the letter. These inconsistencies consist of the mysterious paw prints, the box in the attic, and most importantly, the date of the letter 2006. Very puzzled, he begins to write a response back to Kate so that she can clarify the strange facts contained in her letter to him. Kate comes home from a hard day at work and proceeds to her mailbox and finds the letter written by Alex . Once she is done reading it she to is very puzzled by the words Alex has to say. She is especially confused by his words that let her know that the lake house has been vacant for years and that the year that Alex says it is…2004. Eager to straighten out any misconceptions, Kate and Alex continue to write back and forth to one another. During this time, they quickly figure out that they are living at the same lake house, corresponding to one another, but in a time span of 2 years that separate them. In an attempt to test the validity of this impossibility, Kate pulls out an old photo of her and friends playing in the snow that is dated on 04/04/2004. She then warns Alex, through her letter, that he should wear the red scarf she sent him to keep warm that day, to get lots of rest and drink a lot of fluids to keep from getting sick. He at first thinks that she is crazy to believe this, that is until it really begins to snow on that very day. Overcome with the type of excitement a child has when waking up to presents laying under the Christmas tree, both Alex and Kate begin a magical relationship that will change their lives forever. “Can this be happening?” Can two people actually cross paths and fall in love with one another despite the fact that they are separated by space and time? For Kate and Alex, through their intimate letters, nothing has felt more real than the love that they have for each other now. As time goes on, Alex proposes the crazy idea of actually meeting up with one another for an intimate dinner. They both agree to meet up at a restaurant called El Mare on a specific day. For Alex, it is two years from now. For Kate, it is only tomorrow. The question is,”Will they both be willing to wait for this once in a lifetime event to happen?”
“The Lake House” was a very refreshing movie for me because of the fact that it presented itself with a beautiful and new concept of two people finding that once in a lifetime love. I felt that the screenplay was brilliantly written, especially the idea that two people, despite having the greatest of obstacles between them, could actually close that gap and make it a reality to hold each other in a loving embrace. Tied in with that, is the exemplary direction given by Alejandro Agresti. Without his profound ideas, this screenplay could of never come to life in the manor that it did. A great example of this, is the way he made it seem like Kate and Alex were sitting right next to each other in the same room talking to one another while they read their portion of their letter. This idea is what brought a heightened level of intimacy between the two characters, making me the viewer want even more for them to actually have a chance to meet.
The actors and actresses were able to bring these complex characters to life. No matter how good the writing is, it’s all for none if you do not have the correct actors to be placed in their perfect roles. And I believe that is what was done in this movie. Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves are a perfect match for each other. When you see them on film together, they make a very believable couple. Bullock, as always, is her beautiful and witty self,which is the dimension that her character Kate really needed. Reeves used his mysteriousness and his handsome looks to really complete the character of Alex. And together they delivered performances of a lifetime. My favorite scene between them is a scene of few words. It’s the scene when Kate is clinging on to the mailbox not knowing if Alex will read his letter on time in order to save his life. I could actually feel all the emotion and sadness she was feeling inside. Then Alex drives up in his truck and gets out and approaches the visibly shaking Kate. He then holds her in his arms and stares at her as if he were looking into her soul. And without saying a word, you could just see it in his eyes just how much he loved her. Now that is brilliant acting!
The Obvious: This is a love story about two people who must overcome great obstacles in order to find one another.
The Not So Obvious: Signs are all around us. But just what is it that these signs are trying to say to us.? It is up to us to open up our minds and read into the signs that we run into everyday of our lives. In the case of Kate and Alex, the signs that are presented to them are things like their dog, the letters, and most importantly The Lake House. And it’s because of their eventual understanding of these signs that they realize that no matter how much time or space is between them, they are going to always be magically drawn to each other.
The Final Cut: This is a very beautifully written and directed movie which I feel anyone can enjoy. “The Lake House” brings a brand new concept to the meaning of taking a chance for love, which is in this day in age, very refreshing. Some people may be overwhelmed and confused by the time gap between the characters, but if people will just block everything else out and give the movie all of their attention, they will understand the movie just fine. As a result, everyone will be in for a fantastic treat and will fall in love with The Lake House” just as I did.