plays Ally McBeal-alike Kate, a career-orientated New Yorker with
romance issues. She lives in an apartment below her ex, Stuart (Schreiber),
a scientist who discovers - as you do - a time portal just off the
Brooklyn Bridge. Travelling back to 1876, Stuart accidentally brings
Leopold (Jackman), an English duke, back to the present day with
clashes with Leopold initially, only to be won over by his dashing
English charm (the English being big on charm in the 19th century,
of course). But, as he's Stuart's great-grandfather, Leopold must
return to his own time to keep the family line intact, leaving Kate
to decide between a future in the present or the past.
its mostly nonsensical plot, "Kate & Leopold" is the
kind of sentimental flight of fancy where romance and chivalry preside
over narrative logic. Never mind how the time travel works, if you
care enough about the fate of these two likeable leads, then common
sense is irrelevant to the film's enjoyment factor.
more success here than in his previous romantic comedy "Someone
Like You", Hugh Jackman has the looks, decorum, and comic timing
to capture Leopold's persona. He's the highlight of the film, and
some of the most amusing scenes are between Leopold and Kate's brother,
Charlie (Meyer), an unemployed actor who thinks Leopold's anachronistic
persona is an extreme form of method acting.
at times, unbearably soppy at others, "Kate & Leopold"
is comfortable viewing for old romantics.
& Leopold" opens in UK cinemas on Friday 5th April 2002.
Bushell, BBC Films
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