Kate & Leopold (2001)

If only Hugh Jackman could actually time travel back to re-do X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

When her scientist ex-boyfriend (Liev Schreiber) discovers a portal to travel through time — and brings back a 19th-century nobleman named Leopold (Hugh Jackman) to prove it — a skeptical Kate (Meg Ryan) reluctantly takes responsibility for showing Leopold the 21st century. The more time Kate spends with Leopold, the harder she falls for him. But if he doesn’t return to his own time, his absence will forever alter history.

There is not much different that this film has, that you haven’t seen in any other romantic comedy. But just somehow it works, mainly to the way everything plays out. The humor here is good, and although it’s not like belly-roll laughs, it still works none the less. And it actually is a pretty cute romance film once you think about it. Yeah, you know how the stories going to be at the end, but just watching it on screen is what makes it fun.

However, my main problem is that it is close to two hours, which it did not need to be at all. And a lot of that time limit is wasted on a lot of sappy stuff going on in the middle of the film. There was no real insight, or anything different with this love story here, just the same old, same old. And the fact that these two are completley from different times, how do they even connect. I never really saw that as much, but I didn’t care mainly because I was too busy being entertained by everything else going on.

Hugh Jackman is great in this role, and shows why he is a great actor. He’s got the look, the charm, and the overall likability to have you watching this guy, while your laughing at this guy, but he doesn’t turn into a fool. Meg Ryan is as charming as ever here again, and although she starts off sour in the beginning, she still brings back that lovable smile, and wit that we all know and love her for. There are also some good side performances from Breckin Meyer, and Liev Schreiber, who bring a lot to their roles and let you have a good time.

Consensus: Kate & Leopold isn’t a great film, but it sure is fun, that will have you charmed by the performances, and entertained by the screenplay.



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