When Kirste found out there was a loooong list of classic movies Dan and Producer Leon hadn’t seen, she knew something had to be done. And thus, Kirste’s Movie Club was born. This week it was the pseudo time travel fantasy-romance The Lake House.
That’s right, a straight up romcom wasn’t enough for Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Luckily, even though it does involve an element of time travel, the premise is fairly simple. Keanu Reeves moves into a Lake House, which Sandra has ostensibly just moved out of. She helpfully leaves a note in the letterbox asking the next tenant to forward her mail. Keanu receives this letter, and is puzzled that she has dated it as 2008. As it turns out, she’s living in the future, while he’s still in 2006. It’s a special letterbox, made possible with science and/or magic.
Unsurprisingly, an interdimensional love story blossoms. They even manage to meet up, but they don’t realise it at the time. You’ll also not be shocked to know that there’s a twist, a tragedy, and much much more. So what did the boys think?
I’m very happy to admit that I’ve enjoyed some of the movies we’ve watched so far. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was fun. The Devil Wears Prada was something I’d nearly watch again. The Lake House though? It just didn’t do it for me. Sandra’s character was so unlikable I’ve already forgotten her name (maybe Debra, who knows.) Keanu Reeves certainly wasn’t at his best here. But I’m not an acting expert. More importantly, how does this letterbox thing even work!? Don’t we get any kind of explanation? Surely a romcom is best when there’s a relatable element. But what’s relatable about a magic letterbox!? Either way, I can’t say it was a classic.