Tue 11 Jul 2006
There’s bomb in the house set to expode if we go in it.
Pop quiz, hot shot. You’ve fallen in love with someone and you’re separated not by distance but by time. A mailbox has the ability to transfer messages back and forth through that time gap. What do you do? What do you do?
Well, you cast Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, of course!
“The Lake House” is a remake of a 2000 Korean film, “Il Mare”. While I haven’t seen the original, reading its description on Wikipedia reveals just how close of a remake “The Lake House” is.
While some details are changed to make the Chicago setting work better, only the ending is substantially different.
And therein lies the problem.
I could go on and on about this film – mentioning the great chemistry between Reeves and Bullock, the nice song and music choices to set the tone, the delicate sense of longing and yearning that director Alejandro Agresti was able to convey.
Hell, this is some of Reeves best work. I wasn’t making fun of his acting at all in this film! And that is saying a hell of a lot.
Still, all I really want to do is figure out who’s responsible for changing the ending and break their kneecaps with a sledgehammer.
I was really enjoying the film. It is extremely predictable but that can be okay in romantic dramas. The circular nature of the story is poetic in nature and quite beautiful. And then the ending happens.
Obviously, I’m not going to give it away. If you want to see this film, that’s up to you. I’m probably going to go find the Korean original film and see if the different ending allows me the level of satisfaction I was hoping for from the American remake.
If you are a regular moviegoer, you will see the ending coming from about the 10-minute mark. The surprise isn’t how it ends, but how engrossed you can become in a fictional relationship along the way.
I’m going to have to knock “The Lake House” down, giving it a 2 out of 5. A change in ending could have propelled the film up as high as a 4 possibly but I cannot forgive what transpires over the last 10 minutes.
I suppose this is a decent date movie but you’re probably better off renting something else and seeing if the wine you’ve been pouring all night affects your erection.
** After seeing “Il Mare”, I will admit the American remake has much better pacing but the ending is better in the Korean version. Maybe ‘better’ is a bit subjective but do you really want me to be objective? Too late for that, baby.
Okay, fine. I think the ending in “Il Mare” is more realistic … at least in relation to a film about people meeting and falling in love through the distance of time using a mailbox … I mean, who writes actual letters anymore?