Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The Lake House

cast: keanu reeves, sandra bullock

my favorite quotation from the movie had nothing to do with the main storyline. it went something like: “that guy has more issues than rolling stone!” the line struck me as poignant as it described me to a tee. i do have more issues than that long-running rock music magazine. nearly every situation, event or idea elicits some psychobabble out of me. this may prove useful if you’re bored and in need of some other-worldly and controversial palaver, but oftentimes it’s a distraction with its proclivity to incite arguments in what could have otherwise been a laid-back conversation.

and speaking of issues, i have one with the movie’s title. i mean, what’s up with calling it “the lake house”? it’s almost a misnomer as it detracts from the main plot of the movie. i think a more apt title would have been “the mailbox at the lake house” or perhaps simply “the mailbox”.

so anyway, the movie is about a couple – keanu and sandra – who try to find love despite living in different time zones. sandra lives in the present time while keanu lives 2 years back from the present. they are able to communicate thru a mailbox of a certain lake house which they both have owned separately at different times. the mailbox acts as a portal in time and allows them to send letters to each other even if they live very far apart – as in 2 years apart.

when i first saw the trailer for the movie months ago, i was intrigued by its science-fiction theme. but to appreciate the movie, you must ignore the science-fiction part and concentrate instead on the love story which i realized and finally had to accept was the real story. the science-fiction part was full of holes as big as those probably found in the ozone layer and the movie did absolutely nothing to cover them up. in fact, the movie was blatantly and shamelessly exposing those holes as if to tell everybody that this is not a sci-fi film but a love story. and although it was the sci-fi angle that got me to watch this movie in the first place, maybe deep in my subconscious i knew all along this was a love story and i was just using the sci-fi part as an excuse to watch a mushy film.

and good thing i watched it for i found the film to be astutely insightful as it showed that a relationship through different time periods can work, maybe even for the better, as there is less opportunity to act selfishly. the relationship becomes a practice at being considerate, for having to deal with the separation of time, one always tries to visualize the other person’s surroundings and circumstances so as to empathize with what the other person is going through; the relationship becomes communication-based, for without the benefit of seeing each other and the ever constant temptation to just go through the motions of the day, one ends up talking and listening (through letters) as one hopes to better understand each other and mayhap reciprocate each other’s needs; the relationship is neither shallow nor based on looks, as having never seen each other, one does not know if the person he or she is expressing his or her innermost thoughts and deepest feelings to is good-looking or not.

the movie is probably best seen not in 3D glasses but with your special someone. if the 2 of you are experiencing some tough times and are expecting even rougher roads ahead, this may even save your relationship.

rating: 5 of 5 stars * * * * *
a perfect valentine’s day movie.

1 comment:

rob said...

The premise of this movie sounds very interesting. I almost wish this was less romantic film and more sci-fi.