Warning: this post will have spoilers!
Okay, so a few weeks ago I finally saw Sleepless in Seattle. Yes, I know this movie is really old, but I heard it was one of the best romantic movies out there. Psshhh…I don’t think so.
I also had high hopes for this movie since Nora Ephron, famous for When Harry Met Sally and You Got Mail was the director. Unfortunately, I didn’t understand the fascination with this movie.
So the movie starts off on a sad note. It opens to a funeral scene. Sam, played by Tom Hanks is a widower with a young son, Jonah. He decides to move to Seattle to help himself move on. On the other hand a pretty happy Annie, played by Meg Ryan is recently engaged and announces her engagement with Walter to her family. The relationship seems to be pretty stable and Walter seems like a nice enough guy. However, doubt already starts to build when her mother tells her about how “magical” it was when she first met her father.
As the story progresses Jonah makes a phone call to a radio shrink and confesses he is concerned about his father. Sam ends up talking to the shrink and guess who is listening to the radio show, Annie. Every girl who heard the show falls in love with Sam and his story. Women start writing to him and offering themselves to him. However, Sam wants more of a “feeling” if he intends to pursue anyone.
So anyways, the very curious and obsessed Annie manages to persuade her boss to let her write a story on the show or something like that and hunts done Sam’s address. At the same time she continues to doubt her relationship with not so dreamy Walter.
This is where it gets weird. She decides to go across the country to Sam’s house and practically stalks him and Jonah. She creepily shows up to his house and watches them while they go boating and play around. Sam catches her across the street from their house and doesn’t say anything to her, they just stare at each other. This is weird! I don’t find this romantic at all. If this happened in real life the guy would think the girl was a crazy stalker! Or am I wrong? Is it more correct to assume that as long as she is pretty it’s ok to stalk a dude and his kid??? I dunno…
I guess I am not the only one that thinks this way. Check out the video below:
Fast forward and Jonah comes across a particular letter he likes…from Annie. He decides to take her up on her offer to meet at the top of the Empire State building. He takes a flight to NY with out his father knowing and thus Sam flies there to find his son. After a almost missed meeting, the two finally meet and talk and you know it’s going to be a happy ending after that.
An Affair to Remember is referenced during the movie and the major meet up at the Empire State Building comes directly from the movie. This is okay. Its a cute reference I suppose. However, I guess I have a problem in part that Annie is made out to be a stereotypical girl that doesn’t know what she wants. She is already engaged to a nice guy. However, she is still not satisfied. She falls in love with the IDEA of Sam and his wonderful relationship with his deceased wife. She doesn’t even know Sam! She falls in love with his story and not him per say. The movie keeps talking about how love is magical and how there are no such things as coincidences and that there might be people destined for each other. Poppy cock I say! Poor Walter gets dumped for a concept, an idea of something that may not even exist. Not to mention he is not very broken up about it or even a little mad. Not every guy asks a girl to marry them you know. I’m too old for this…
If you have your own opinion I would love to hear it. Leave a comment. P.S. watch When Harry Met Sally and/or You’ve Got Mail. Much cuter movies, and easier to swallow than this one.