On Sunday night me and Seb saw a movie called Lake House, which was pretty good.
It was a chick flick, but it wasn't a travesty like I was fearing it might be. That said, it wasn't the bucket of awesome Simone was either. But Simone was one of the best movies I've seen in ages, so that's probably not a fair comparison.
It had a science fiction type theme to it that was sort of "in the background" - it was a plot device that they didn't discuss the physics of or anything, the movie itself was about how Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock wanted to smooch one another.
Basically, because of some sort of magical propreties that are never explained or even touched on, a letterbox outside a house can send letters exactly two years into the future, or into the past.
Reeves lives in 2004-2006 (they correspond over two years), and Bullock lives in 2006-2008, thus their letters go forward and backward in time respectively.
** SPOILERS **
In the middle of the movie, Reeves proposes meeting Bullock in a restaurant in 2006. He is a no-show and this makes Bullock upset so she basically tells him to piss off, and Reeves is constantly trying to win her over again but to no avail.
Towards the end of the movie (after much correspondence between the two people VIA the letterbox), Bullock ends up realising that Reeves died two years ago in a car accident, and she witnessed the accident two years ago but didn't know it was Reeves at the time because she hadn't started talking to him then (if that makes even the remotest sense).
And because of the magical properties of the letterbox, she races to it to send a letter to Reeves telling him not to go to the place he ends up dying, but instead to go to the letterbox because she's there waiting for him. He (presumably) gets the letter and arrives there, and they smooch for a good ten minutes in a rather graphic fashion. Fade to black.
** /SPOILERS **
(however I'm discussing the ending of the movie here, so there's probably still spoilers but eh)
I hate paradoxes.
Actually, no, that's not true; I love paradoxes, I think they're fascinating and I would love to read and/or write stories that explore them and all the crazy ways they can be resolved. What I hate is paradoxes that aren't resolved or even acknowledged.
Bullock only went to the letterbox because Reeves died; Reeves only survived because Bullock went to the letterbox. Thus, paradox!
I cringed when I got the hint they dropped in the middle of the movie about how it was probably Reeves who had died in the car crash we saw at the beginning because I was worried about this sort of thing.
But at the end of the movie I was beginning to jump for joy, because I thought they were going to give it a much better ending, albiet significantly sadder.
If I had infinite power over Hollywood I would have made Bullock's character realise it was Reeves who died and be absolutely broken hearted at having shunned her one true love and thus lost him, &c.
The movie would have ended like this:
[scene in Reeves's brother's architecture firm]
Bullock: Who drew this?
Brother: My brother did. He died two years ago today, actually.
Bullock: What? (she would look shocked, but then she would go all teary eyed)
Bullock's boyfriend who she doesn't really love because she's in love with Keanu Reeves: What's wrong, honey? (hugs her, a tear slides down her cheek for dramatic effect, but he can't see it)
Bullock: N... nothing.
BBWSDRLBSILWKR: Did you know him?
She stares ahead, with sad eyes, and sad music plays for a few seconds, and it fades to black.
Next (possibly with the credits running to the right so that way people whose boyfriends watch the credits have something to watch ;)), there would be a montage of her and her boyfriend getting married, her being pregnant a couple of times and doing housewife things. It would have sad music and she would often stare with sad eyes during this montage because she's so broken hearted at not having Keanu Reeves. The final scene in the montage would have very quiet music, and it would be her, at about 50 or so, getting into bed next to her husband (both wearing pyjamas of course). She would be hugging him from behind, and she would smile a sad smile and a tear will fall from her eyes. The camera would then pull back slowly, and either show she has a bundle of Reeve's letters beside her bed, or, more likely, that she has the picture he did of the Lake House on the wall in her room.
Fade to black.
I like my ending better.
Seriously though the movie was alright. I just hated the paradox at the ending.
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