Saturday, November 14, 2009

Kate & Leopold

Released: 2001
Reviewed: 11.10.09
Star rating: 4 out of 5

Meg Ryan (Kate), Hugh Jackman (Leopold), Liev Schreiber (Stuart), Breckin Meyer (Charlie), Bradley Whitford (JJ).

Stuart is a scientist obsessed with time travel which has caused his relationship with Kate to fail. But when he finally travels through time and inadvertantly brings back Leopold, a 19th century Duke, his vindication is short-lived when he ends up in the hospital. And when Kate meets Leopold it doesn't take long for romance to be born, though Leopold must soon return to his own time or forever alter history.

This is a good, light-hearted romantic comedy that doesn't take itself to seriously. The film starts off by quickly jumping into the time travel concept then using plot development in conjunction with character history and development. Although the plot is somewhat predictible it is kept interesting by bits of comedy and romantic detours. When it becomes obvious a climax is coming the movie moves along a bit faster as the tension builds for the inevitable romantic conclusion.

Acting was quite enjoyable in this film. Though Ryan delivers as usual, there isn't anything new from her here. Jackman was wonderful fitting the part in both speech and style. Schreiber actually made a very good scientist while Meyer brings a nice sense of humor to the film. Whitford also did well playing Kate's less than ethical boss.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done and the film had a good quality feel. Sound and dialogue were also well done. The soundtrack was good and couldn't have been otherwise with both Mancini and Sting included. Special effects were minimal and done in consistency with the film.

Overall this was a enjoyable romantic comedy that had just the right mix of romance, comedy, and solid plot to keep things interesting. I think there was a little foul language but this one should be fine for teens and above.

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