While Dennis Quaid continues to rise to the top with films like The Rookie and Frequency, his ex-wife continues to move in the other direction. Once one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood, Meg Ryan has seen critical and box office failure in films like Hanging Up, Proof of Life, and most recently, Kate & Leopold.
Kate & Leopold is a romance comedy of the strangeness nature; after being pulled into present time from the 19th century, a duke by the name of Leopold falls in love with Kate, an advertising executive. Of course, at some point Leopold is going to have to return to the past (so he can invent the elevator), but will the two be able to split?
Hugh Jackman stars as Leopold, and while he continues to prove that he is a rising star (of course there's X-Men, but Swordfish also was a success) by turning in a good performance here, there isn't much else that's glamorous about Kate & Leopold.
The movie isn't romantic, isn't funny, and the only thing it is is boring. There really is no chemistry between Ryan and Jackman, mainly because Ryan's character is an annoying, whiny brat that is a cliché form of the "typical" working woman. The whole fish-out-of-water situation can be hilarious if done right, but Kate & Leopold play Jackman's emergence into present day as a "done it, seen that" situation. Again, if done right, it could have been hilarious; I think Leopold would have been a little more shocked to see a car, or TV, or everything else for that matter. Furthermore, the rest of the movie isn't funny either. The movie tries to get away with some slapstick comedy (like Liev Schreiber falling down an empty elevator shaft), but that kind of comedy doesn't work here; this is, after all, a romance comedy with two established stars.
But, when all is said and done, Kate & Leopold is just plain boring. There is nothing interesting in the whole movie, and the ending sucks. That says it all.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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