The Lake House (2006) Review

Verdict: Cute

A well-edited intriguing story with cute chemistry.


Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves) moves into a Lake House and finds a letter in the mailbox left by previous tenant, Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock). The only thing is- there has been no previous tenant. Wyler and Forster communicate via letters in the mailbox and soon find out that they are living in two different time periods, two years apart. They soon grow to develop feelings for each other and try to get past the time barrier. Directed by Alejandro Agresti.

The story is quite refreshing and unlike other movies I’ve seen. This is a remake based on a Korean movie titled ‘Il Mare’, which I am intrigued about now. Asian films are generally more emotion/character based than Hollywood films (I feel), as not everything is over dramatized. Well actually Korean dramas tend to over dramatize the staring which I find very cheesy but I’ll have to watch that one to be able to compare both versions of the film.

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves did great in this film. Bullock is probably my favourite actress so there’s that. The chemistry between them was so cute as well. Even though Bullock and Reeves are not actually in the same scene for a lot of the film they portrayed the bond that their characters have on screen really well. I feel like the chemistry they had when they weren’t together was much better than when they were together. The ending scene just seemed a bit off.

The editing too was well done. From the putting together of the film, to the soundtrack and the order of the scenes. The visual effects was a little outdated (but can’t blame them since this did come out in 2006), but I could tell when she was in the bus/train that it was a green screen.

To sum-up:
PROS: Story, chemistry, acting, editing
CONS: Visual effects, ending

I give this an 8/10.

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