Kate And Leopold


(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 Awards 2001

Golden Globe Awards 2001


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