The Lake House

The Lake House

Film review by: Witney Seibold


            This film was just like that time travel film Frequency (2000), but instead of a magic radio, it’s a mailbox, and instead of father and son, it’s two lovers. And instead of being a really cool little sci-fi tale, it’s a love story. But both have logical jumps that will make the more scientific minds in the audience ache a bit. Let me give you the run-down…


            Kate (Sandra Bullock) moves out of a lake house in 2006, leaving a letter for the next tenant. Alex (Keanu Reeves) receives the note in his mailbox the day he moves into the same lake house, a house which, incidentally, was built by his alienated father (Christopher Plummer). They both also mysterious have the same dog. Alex, though, is not the next tenant, it is soon revealed, but the previous one, receiving Kate’s letters two years in the past. Their mutual mailbox acts as a sort of temporal nexus where they can trade letters from across the two-year gap, and they soon fall in love. She sends him scarves to prepare for unknown freezes. He plants her a tree which appears spontaneously in front of her new place. He looks her up in 2004, but cannot make advances since she’s not fallen for him yet. She tries to find him in 2006, but can’t seem to locate him. Hm… The usual time travel paradoxes occur, and helplessness to stop the flow of time sets in. We get a few nifty split-screen shots, so our lovers can kind of converse.


            But this film is not a sci-fi thriller, but a romance with fantasy elements. And in a romance, what is important is how involves we are with the romantic leads. I bought it. I liked that they fell in love, and the only real complication in their love life was that they were living in two separate timelines. Reeves and Bullock are not stellar in this film, but they were good enough to convince me. The filmmakers spent just enough time on subplots and supporting characters without confusing the issue too much. I was a perfectly decent film. I was reminded of Somewhere in Time or perhaps even Time After Time. The director Alejandro Agresti made things misty and atmospheric without punching us in the face. From what I hear, though, much of his style was simply imitated from Siwoare, the Korean film upon which this one is based. The Lake House is hardly perfect, but I found it to be perfectly serviceable.

 June 16th, Warner Bros.

Published in: on March 27, 2008 at 1:26 am  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: