You’ve Got Mail: Movie Review
This week I chose to watch You’ve Got Mail which is a movie with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. I remember seeing this movie as a kid on a school bus trip, but I was surprised at how little I remembered. The concept of the movie is heartwarming as Kathleen Kelly, a local bookshop owner, unwittingly falls in love online with a mysterious man, Joe Fox, who happens to own the competing bookstore. The two begin by chatting online about surface-level topics, telling themselves that it is harmless against both of their significant others. Although the locals have loved their small bookshop “The Shop Around the Corner,” Joe Fox and his business partners decide that offering up discount prices and coffee drinks will drive in the crowds of New York. It was fun to see the close encounters of both Joe and Kathleen and think to myself, “How on earth have they not figured it out yet?” when he would come into her shop or they’d have harsh conversations with each other. With his online personality NY152’s advice, Kathleen decides to “fight to the death” in hopes of saving her shop. With time, Joe realizes the connection and aims to reverse their bad relationship even after Kathleen has to close up shop. Finally, she decides to meet NY152 in person, and when she does, she boldly says, “I wanted it to be you.”
Though I love a good romantic comedy, this one seemed to develop Joe’s character as someone to resent for such a long time that when the two finally end up together in the end, it isn’t quite as exciting. He still is a man who got so caught up in business that he forgot to at least show care for other people. Even if he was trying to further his business, I would have a hard time wanting to be with someone who seemed to be all talk online but his actions in reality showed some selfishness and disregard towards other. He does a good job reconciling some of this, and we see him starting to think about the ways his actions affect others. Both actors played their characters well, and they made me root for them to figure it out and still end up together.