Time Travel…sort of…with The Lake House

Time Travel BannerTime Travel. Hmmm. That’s a type of movie that I’m always nervous of watching…will it “work” or not? But every now and then, they get it right. Or, rather, the story writer gets it right. And so, for this Time Travel Blogathon (for more awesome entries travel a few seconds in time to here or here) I’ve even got two wonderful movies to chit chat about.

So, without further ado, let me give you the first of the two…hmm…where should we start…I think with the one that springs to mind first…

The Lake House (2006).

Maybe it isn’t time travel as much as a story set in two simultaneous but alternate time planes. Possibly even the same plane (because both characters….oh sod it…this is getting too much). Although, there must be some element of time travel at play here…not from the characters but rather from the letter in question. Or the post box. Letter? Post Box? Huh? Let me explain…

TheLakeHouseWe have Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) a doctor who, having sold a house on the lake (yes, The Lake House, duh) leaves a letter to the new occupant in the post box. However, the new occupant is actually the former occupant, architect Alex Wyler (Keanu Reeves). Confused yet? You won’t be for long if you give it a watch..it all sorts itself out in a plausible-ish kind of way. Basically, Kate and Alex write to each other from different years yet, by means of the post box, at the same time. Initially, neither Kate nor Alex comprehend the situation but as they start sharing more and more letters that magically appear to the other (standing at the same place at the same time yet not) a new sort of magic evolves…that of romance.

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves, opposite each other for a second time (we won’t get into technicalities here re the time travel), have a wonderful chemistry together. I think their “aging” or “maturity” (I’m not saying old…I just mean that they are no longer 20 somethings as they were in Speed) works in their favour here. I like their slow romance, their gradual way of getting to know each other.

As the story unfolds, the pieces come together and, while the post box portal thing may might not be realistic, the possibility of their encounter (or lack thereof) is. Forget about trying to explain it all and simply enjoy it for enjoyment’s sake. Overthinking, reasoning – that will ruin it. Sit back and enjoy.

(Here’s the means to travel to my other post on About Time in this Time Travel Blogathon…here)

27 thoughts on “Time Travel…sort of…with The Lake House

  1. The Lake House is a testament to the importance of chemistry and charisma. I don’t care what anyone else says, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are both hugely likeable, and this movie would be so much worse without them.

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  3. You said it – time travel is done well in this film. The script doesn’t beat you about the head with the concept, either. It’s subtle and it leads you into the realization of how “time” is set up. Really a clever premise, and I need to see it again after reading your thoughts.

    Thanks for joining the blogathon, and for bringing Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves with you!

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  4. I vaguely remember when this came out, yet I totally forgot this was Keanu and Sandy’s second film together (duh). The communication over two time periods reminds me of FREQUENCY.

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