Though the first reports we had read for Warner Bros' The Lake House were positive, the reviews have gone downhill ever since. After the positive first impressions I was shocked to find that the general consensus is now more negative.
Lake House Reviews
If there is one thing we have learned during 2006 is that reviews don't mean shit when it comes to viewer turnout. Da Vinci Code and X-Men 3 both got shit on and still brought in record numbers across the globe. V for Vendetta and Mission: Impossible III, on the other hand, were loved by critics and received a box office take that was far less than deserved.
Since we also haven't had a straight romance film for some time, The Lake House may fill in an open void; which means cha-ching for Warner Bros.
Let's take a look at some of the reviews then shall we?
A peculiar wrinkle in time links two Chicago lonely hearts in "The Lake House," but director Alejandro Agresti and screenwriter David Auburn seem more interested in making a wanly romantic Hallmark postcard than a movie resonating with mystery and loss. Based on Lee Hyeon-seung's 2000 Korean romancer "Il Mare," pic reps one of the first Hollywood remakes of a recent East Asian film not belonging to the horror genre. But pic lacks the astonishing moments, strong emotions or real amusement -- let alone real heat between co-leads Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock -- that would encourage more remakes of its kind or generate any feeling in audiences other than indifference.
More a valentine to Chicago's architecture than the aching love story it purports to be, "The Lake House" is a slow-moving, never-igniting tale of calendar-crossed lovers that grows less convincing as it proceeds.
Facing no direct competition from romantic dramas and boasting the marquee allure of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, it will entice initial interest, particularly among women, before word travels that this tale of frustrated love is an unfulfilling fantasy, lovely to look at and confounding to the core.
Definitely not the best reviews you'd like to read right before release. At least for those of us seeking a comedy this weekend there is Nacho Libre.