Kate & Leopold
Directed by James Mangold
Review by Eugene Kopman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Kate & Leopold can only be described as a time-travel romantic comedy. No, it's not a sci-fi film, just a movie about a guy who can travel through time.
Stuart (Liev Schreiber) found a worm hole in the space-time continuum, which allows him to travel, on certain days, to 1876 by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. On the other end we have Leopold, Duke of Albany (Hugh Jackman), a man who supposedly invented the elevator, who is ordered by his uncle to pick a bride. Leopold noticed Stuart, who was taking pictures with a digital camera, something that was extremely odd in that time, and followed him to the bridge and accidentally wound up into 2001. There he meets Kate McKay (Meg Ryan), Stuart's ex-girlfriend who refuses to believe that he is from a different time, even though his manners dictate otherwise.
Kate is a market researcher who is up for a promotion; all she needs is to nail the last account. She enlists Leopold's charming personality to sell margarine. Kate has a brother, Charlie (Breckin Meyer). Charlie, an actor, is amazed by Leopold, thinking he is also an actor who is studying for the role of an early day gentleman. It is obvious Kate and Leopold have chemistry between them. The problem is that Kate's boss, J.J. (Bradley Whitford), is trying to get together with Kate as well.
Jackman gives his best performance to date. He is sweet, charming, and fun to watch on the screen. Meg Ryan gives another good performance, but it is Jackman who steals the show. A big credit also goes to the supporting cast: Schreiber, Meyer, Whitford, and Natasha Lyonne who plays Kate's hopelessly romantic secretary and Philip Bosco who plays Leopold's butler, Otis. Director James Mangold does an excellent job showing the differences of New York City now and in 1876. With a witty screenplay and very good performances, this is one of the best romantic comedies of 2001.
P.S. - In the opening scene in front of the skeleton of the Brooklyn Bridge, if you see a guy in a brown hat and jacket standing to the front right of Hugh Jackman, I am standing to the right of that guy, but I was left on the cutting room floor.
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