And if style was a consideration for this adaptation of a Korean film, then The Lake House is the cinematic antithesis of Speed. One inches along delicately where the other puts the pedal through the floor, but both work exceptionally well for their purposes.
Visually The Lake House is unpretentious and solidly shot. Director Alejandro Agresti's hand is patient and mature, giving the film a polished and deliberate structure (architecture is a central plot device in the story).
The cold, wintry mood of the lake house (which is made completely of glass) reflects the distance in the space and time between the protagonists effectively. It also leaves a lot of breathing room for the characters. The pace of the film is at best languid, but its poetic dialogue and deep performances keep you well-glued to the unfolding (if fairly predictable) story.
In short the The Lake House is highly recommended romantic cinematic fare. Reeves will stun his detractors with a sincere performance, and the movie will genuinely leave you with a good feeling. It achieves its emotional ambitions, and is easily this year's best date movie so far.
- Anton Marshall
Plot craziness aside, The Lake House is likely to leave you feeling better than most other romance films this year.
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