Tuesday, February 4, 2014

You've Got Mail - Movie Review

Revisited the old movie that slipped through in 1998 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are email friends (what's an email?) and they share their troubles and lives over email. Both are engaged to other people (not important). Meg runs a book shop called 'Shop Around the Corner' and Tom, unknowingly, is the owner of a huge bookshop chain that starts a shop right next to her shop, running her out of business. The two are at loggerheads with each other for that, not knowing that they are their email friends, and practically hate one another.

Come the day when the email friends decide to meet one another. Hanks gets the advantage of seeing her first and well, the meeting does not go too well. Shop closed and all that, Hanks visits the shopgirl at home and in a while they end up knowing that they are in fact the email friends and all is fine.

Cute in a 1998 sense. When love and romance still had these naïve and innocent ways and women still managed to forgive the man for keeping his id secret till the big moment. Now, I am sure the man would be seen as a villain for having cheated her and let her down by keeping his id secret and god knows what would happen after that.

I prefer the 1998 romances.

Anyway, the film is based on 1937 play (not the emailing part for those who are likely to get the doubt) and was made into a film in 1940 called 'The Shop Around the Corner'.

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