I know I left a similar thread lying round here somewhere, but again, Goobs has gone the stinge with his shovel, and I couldn't be bothered digging anyways. Sooo... I propose we use this thread as a review depository of sorts, for films that don't really warrant their own threads. You know, small, lower key films unlike yer Pirates, or Superman-type blockbusters. Much like the one I saw last night... On a whim, I went to see The Lake House... starring Sandra Bullock, and Neo. Okay, you got me! It wasn't on a whim at all! It just sounded better than admitting I went to see a 'chick-flick' by myself. But who am I kidding? I'm an absolute sucker for these type of movies... sorta thing that'd getta man like me shunned from teh bouncer's union... But enough of my ramble... The Lake House... [image=http://image.ohmynews.com/down/images/1/yamanin_298888_1%5B475914%5D.jpg] Firstly, the formalities outta the way... I rather enjoyed this film. It's premise has strong elements of fantasy, which, combined with a decent romantic story, is just up my alley. I akin the film to something of a hybrid between Kate & Leopold, Serendipity, and Sleepless In Seattle. The story revolves around a remarkable Lake House, or more specifically, it's enchanted mailbox... which, through a series of coincidental events, becomes a liason between two 'lonelyheart' thirty-something professionals. Sandra Bullock plays an emergency room Physician, and Keanu "Whoa!" Reeves plays a condominium Architect. At the heart of the story, as in any good romantic fare, is a well worn theme of longing. What gives this movie it's own twist, and ultimately, it's fantasy element, is that the two pen-pals-cum-would-be-lovers are separated through the expanse of space and time. Bullock writes her letters from the present time(2006), and Reeves, is replying to her from the same day, only 2 years in the past. Whilst it may sound a little convoluted, what comes from the clever twist is in essence, a touching chemistry. As the two protagonists narrate their letters back and forth. Bullock does as good a job as I've ever seen her do... and Keanu, well, he's Keanu... Okay so he's no Eric Roberts, but I ask you, WHO IS! The Lake House does not break new ground, as far as this genre goes. When is comes down to it, love is still love, and this film tugs on most of the familiar heart-strings. However, what sets this story apart, is it's fantasy twist, it's honest 'heart', and it's deeper messages to the audience(which of course, will vary for each individual). For me, this film dealt with the notion of finding something beautiful and true, and believing in it... even if it does come through a magic mailbox. My only real problem with The Lake House, is that the ending is perhaps a little 'Hollywood'... I'll leave it at that. A word of warning though, to those who do intend on seeing it... you will have to shift the ole grey matter out of neutral for a spell. As the film does inter-twine the two time-frames throughout... and discerning which part is when, can make keeping up with the story, mildly challenging. All in all, I'd rate The Lake House as a definate Budget Tuesday special... one to take your mum, or a significant other to. 7/10. On a side note... The Lake House is based on a Korean feature titled, Sowarie... I'm definately keen to check it out, to see if anything's been lost in the translation.