Kate And Leopold

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(out of 5)


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.


Konrad Pictures, Miramax

USA, 2001

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by James Mangold, Steven Rogers

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nomination
Best Music (Original Song) (“Until”, music and lyric by Sting)

Golden Globe Award
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Until”, music and lyrics by Sting)

Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Hugh Jackman)

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