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:: The Lakehouse

'The Lakehouse’ is the most recent romantic film to hit Australian screens. Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, are brought together again in this laid back love story with a bizarre twist.

Kate Forester (Bullock) and Alex Wyler (Reeves) don’t meet in the normal way; actually they don’t meet properly until the end of the film. What initially brings the unknowing lovers together is a beautifully designed lakehouse, which they both live in, but in different years. Kate is in 2006 and Alex in 2004. A time issue, (which is slightly confusing), doesn’t stop the two from writing to each other through the mailbox and falling in love. It seems crazy and nonsensical, but no one seems to care. There is a strong chemistry between the Bullock and Reeves, which stems from their first movie together ‘Speed’. It is essentially what holds this film together.

The other characters worth noting are Christopher Plummer who plays Alex’s grumpy but respected-architect dad. There is a stiff tension between father and son, which adds to the dimension of film. The Lakehouse was built and designed by Alex’s dad, who passes away in the film and Kate is able to comfort the mourning Alex by ‘mailing’ him a book, which his father wrote before he died. “Perhaps you will understand how much your father really loved you,” She explains. Likewise, Kate talks of the difficulties she had with her father and of a gift he gave her that she once left at a train station. Alex finds ‘Persuasion’ (the gift) and is able to return it to Kate. Discussion of Jane Austen’s popular novel ‘Persuasion’ is charming, as Kate and Alex have a conversation about time and love. It is corny, but it fits in with the ‘fantasy’ dimension of the movie.

Although ‘The Lakehouse’ is confusing, it is believable, because to the characters in the film, it is normal. Kate explains to her mother that she is in love with a man that she has never met and that they are in living in different time zones. Her mother doesn’t even flutter an eyelid. It is as if this sort of thing happens everyday. It is irritating that no one even mentions that they could be losing their mind. However, this ‘rational of the irrational’ turns the movie into a sort of fantasy that perhaps everyone needs once in a while. ‘The Lakehouse’, if a little far-fetched, is an endearing and entertaining film.