For this third movie review I watched the movie, You’ve Got Mail, starring Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly and Tom Hanks as Joe Fox as well as some other notable stars. I had yet to see this movie prior to this assignment and I am a sucker for romance and drama which this movie was full of.
This movie starts off with a young couple who seems to be in love exchanging a morning conversation and good-bye, and as soon as the young man leaves, Kathleen goes on-line and continues with her e-mail conversations with another man. Shopgirl and NY152 is what these two go by, and have never met in person. This is a classic story of the anonymous romance that starts as a harmless conversation and grows overtime to where they eventually meet in person. Kathleen owns a quaint children’s bookstore called ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ and signs go up that a new ‘Superstore’ is going up right across the street from her shop. Although Kathleen does not think that this store will hinder her profits, many of her workers do. Joe happens to be the man that is opening up this ‘Superstore’ as apart of his family’s business. Neither of them knowing who the other is, Joe goes to visit her little store on the corner to scope out the competition without uncovering who he is, however this does not last long. Eventually it comes out that he is the one opening the store across the road and Kathleen gets angry at him for spying on her own store. Kathleen eventually starts protesting in front of his store and goes on the air giving her own interview about how she feels about this new store opening up across from her. Throughout all of these altercations Kathleen and Joe express their concerns about their real life issues as Shopgirl and NY152 to each other through their email correspondence. Eventually Kathleen and Joe want to meet in person and Joe has someone go in to see who it is first, when he finds out he realizes he does not want to reveal his identity yet because he is angry of her Shopgirl’s identity ended up being. After much back and forth they begin to actually form a friendship. Kathleen ends up breaking up with her boyfriend and Joe his girlfriend. In the end, Kathleen is talking to Joe saying how excited she is to meet NY152 later that day not knowing that it’s actually Joe. When she eventually does meet him she tells him that she always wanted it to be him and then they end up together.
This movie was extremely interesting since it took place in a time where instant messaging was not something that was portable or able to occur in just a few minutes. It was something that took an effort to sit down and write out an email and keep up with a correspondence. It is so interesting how times have changed from that to now having it be something that we take for granted, being able to communicate within seconds to anyone anywhere. I found it also interesting the marketing efforts put forth by both of the stores. Since there really was no social media to advertise on, it was mostly word of mouth, television, and other out-sourced advertising. It was not something that Kathleen could have just posted on her Instagram about different deals or new books in stock, it was very different than now. In the end, like I stated earlier, I am a sucker for romance movies and I loved how in the end she had wanted it to be him all along.