Saturday, 17 March 2012

You've Got Mail (1998)

Film of 2012 #48

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in a romantic comedy from 1998, I was aware of this film as they were a big on screen couple at this point but I really don't do romantic comedies. So I saw this on a whim when it came on to the TV, Meg Ryan owns a very small family run book store and Tom Hanks is the owner of a chain of giant book superstores and they clash over this. Behind this is the start of the on-line communication where you can contact people you do not know and speak to them and exchange emails without any personal details. So there is the interesting fact that they are in love with the idea of each other online and in real life cannot stand each other. As a romantic comedy from the era with Meg and Tom being very popular you can guess how this is going to play out. What is worth seeing is what they do and how they go about it and seeing the beginning of the world I think everybody reading this is part of.

I do not know where the internet was in 1997/98 when this film was made and I do not think that the makers of the film appreciated at the time just how much foresight on where the world was going when they came up with this idea. The way they contact each other from what I can see is what we consider basic email now and I get the impression that they met in some form of online chat room. And while Twitter and Facebook have taken over from this the idea of chatting with people you have not met it is now very common and widely accepted, there are still people that would never do it.

This is a fun family friendly film that looks at a world that is more up to date than you think, other than the fact that books are now being challenged with the e-reader. Overall this is a warm and fun film that I would recommend that you catch, perhaps not worth going out of your way to see but worth watching, strong 3 stars.

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