The Love Letter
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I've watched this several times and never tire of the unique storylines of lost loves and the people who find happiness when they follow their hearts.
I am always suspicious when a story involves a young man wooing an older woman. Kate Capshaw makes me like Helen, the emotionally alienating/alienated female lead, more than I want. Tom Everett Scott makes Johnny's gangly romantic pursuits clumsy and earnest that is that much more romantic and sexy. Ellen DeGeneres knows where the funny is in simple things like book titles and condiments. Tom Selleck does it for me in this movie by being a vulnerable, funny, handsome fireman experiencing a rough patch but not afraid to go after his dreams later in life. The Louis Armstrong and tango music set the mood, with a short burst of Tosca to contrast it and scare a character or two into action. Personally, there is one poetic little moment where the Capshaw's voice is reading how the writer "burns" with love and the fireman is coming up the bookstore staircase seeming to give off smoke as an image continues to charm me. Peter Ho-Sun Chan directed a really fun film.
So, have a summer/chick film fest with this and a few other fun films on the subject of love like Branaugh's Much Ado About Nothing, 4 Weddings & a Funeral, Roxanne, or Philadelphia Story.
This movie is also great because it expounds upon the HUGE role that a person's mind plays when it comes to love and sex.
Kate Capshaw's character, Helen, is great for audience members who still haven't figured out that women are sexual beings and that it's OKAY for them to enjoy sex! (Even with a much younger man!)
All the characters remind us that even though we may not have everything figured out, you can always learn some new tricks, no matter what your age.
If you're in the mood for mindless entertainment, I wouldn't recommend this movie. However, if you're ready for a touching and romantic but still lighthearted flick, this is a good one!!
Capshaw is a perfect Helen. DeGeneres, a perfectly hilarious best friend. And Selleck is wonderful in this film, capturing the sensitive George. It makes me wonder why he doesn't take on more roles.
The only fault I find with this film is in the casting of Thomas Everett Scott ("That Thing You Do") as Johnny. He's a bit too mature-looking to play Helen's impetuous summer fling. No matter how many times I watch this movie, I'm never thorougly convinced he's right as the young college student.
Anyway, enjoy the film, soak up the mood, and I'll bet you'll come back again and again.
It was, therefore, with great reluctance that I finally decided to view the video The Love Letter with Kate Capshaw, Tom Selleck and Ellen DeGeneres. I am first and foremost a reader and the reviews for this movie based on the wonderful book by Cathleen Schine had been rather mixed. And since I really enjoyed my reading experience of the book, I didn't want to watch anything which would later alter my initial view. So, I waited an appreciable amount of time after reading the book and was so pleasantly surprised by this delightful movie.
In my opinion it was very faithful to the book and really brought the characters to real life much as the book did. I also enjoyed seeing the confusion over who wrote the love letter and then who saw it and then the aftermath of relationships based on this letter and finally the truth about the letter.
I would certainly recommend this video and if you have extra time, read the book also.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A charming story that stays with you. Well acted. A good choice for long winter nights.Published 28 days ago by Lynda Simmons
Mopey self-absorbed woman uses a young kid for sex one summer as she cannot decide what to do with herself as her life is a disaster. Two old lesbians come out of the closet. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. T. Peterson
I was so glad to find this movie again! I saw it years ago and it always stuck with me. So charming!Published 2 months ago by J. Snook
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