Kate And Leopold (2001)

JAMES MANGOLD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 2001Konrad Pictures, Miramax.  Story by , Screenplay by James Mangold, Steven Rogers.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2001Golden Globe Awards 2001

You have to be quite the humbug not to enjoy this heartwarming romance about cross-cultural love between two complete opposites. 19th-century English Duke has the surprise of a lifetime when he follows a strange party guest () in his home to the newly-erected Brooklyn Bridge, falls into the river and ends up travelling back with the scientist to modern-day New York City. Upon arrival, once his culture shock has subsided a little, he becomes acquainted with Schreiber’s neighbour and ex-girlfriend (), who naturally doesn’t believe the time-travel story and instead opts for a more every-guy’s-got-a-line take on him. The romance that blossoms between the two of them is charming, mostly because it relies on character development and not the gimmick of the fish-out-of-water joke that the film’s premise is set upon, but also because Ryan tones down her plucky personality. Jackman is astute as the overly-proper gentleman whose decorative and formal ways seem like complete lunacy to a contemporary person, and thanks to his being from a different time period, all the more lush overtones of romanticism in the film fit right in.  Sensitively directed and beautifully photographed, this is a must for anyone looking for a good date movie.

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