Movie Roulette “You’ve Got Mail” Review
Movie Roulette You’ve Got Mail Review
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Dave Chappelle
Directed by: Nora Ephron
Released in 1998 by Warner Bros.
Kathleen Kelly is the owner of The Shop Around the Corner, Joe Fox owns Fox Books. The scene is immediately set for huge rivalry in the book world. But what neither one of them know is that they are unknowingly already friends by being anonymous chat partners online. While the temperature of rivalry rises and Kathleen is set to lose her shop, she seeks advice from Joe online. What will happen when they both discover the truth? Will the sparks fly or will they make amends?
Leading up to Valentine’s day I have decided to revisit one of my all time favorite movies. It’s a sweet story with a happy ending that has cheered me up many times over the years. Back in the ‘90’s Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks were the IT couple on the silver screen starting a few years earlier with the lovely Sleepless in Seattle. To me You’ve Got Mail felt so relevant at the time because it was the first internet movie I had ever seen. Internet was a brand new thing and having participated in chat rooms, I knew all too well the thrill of talking to a complete stranger somewhere on the planet. I badly wanted the little mail box icon on my computer screen that moved when I got mail, I wanted the voice to say ‘you’ve got mail’ but that never happened for me (well not in Belgium at the least). But it felt so relevant and thrilling and exiting and…and…and… I loved it so. The story of secret love and how you rooted for them to meet and find out about each other. It was a genuinely lovely movie. Being a book nerd didn’t help me either! I watched it again a few weeks ago and even though the technology nowadays seems old-fashioned (in such a brief span of time) it still delivers. I still know all the lines by heart, I still sing along to the opening song. Nothing has changed, except we all got a little older in the meantime. But it still touches my heart the same way it did nearly 20 years ago in a way that very few movies of that era still do to this day. And say what you will the pairing of Meg and Tom on the big screen works. They fit together. They make the story believable, they make you believe it could be you and believe me I have wished for that many times over the years.
A wonderful, uplifting and loving movie. It just makes you feel good and happy afterwards and let’s face it there isn’t that much out there anymore that can make me feel that way. You know what? I may have another look tonight! Let’s see if I got mail…
You can see the trailer here:
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