You’ve Got Mail - Movie Review


You’ve Got Mail

You’ve Got Mail - Movie Review

When it comes to romantic movies, it’s hard to pull off successful chemistry between the leads like the chemistry shared between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. That’s why even though it’s been more than 20years since the release of You’ve Got Mail it’s considered one of the best romantic movies.

In addition to the amazing chemistry between the two actors, it shows how differently people act when there is a wall shielding them from the rest of the world, and in this case, it’s the internet represented in the exchange of emails between two strangers who aren’t afraid to show how they are feeling to one another and expressing their deepest thoughts.

The movie stars Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly, the owner of a bookstore called “The shop around the corner” who's famous for its homey feeling and comforting aroma.

On the other end, the Fox bookstore which opened besides Kathleen’s tiny one is known for its more modern feel and upbeat style, which is managed by Joe fox played by the Academy Award winner Tom Hanks.


The two characters quickly become rivals as Joe is threatening the existence of the shop around the corner, however, being enemies in real life doesn't stop them from having feelings for their digital persona.

What’s beautiful about the movie is that the leads aren’t what we are used to, they throw insults at one another and they keep their rivalry going for most of the movie, yet their feelings grow over their anonymous midnight emails.

However, throughout the movie, Joe is the first to figure out that “shop girl” the mysterious woman he has been emailing and is head over heels for is actually Kathleen and from there he starts to question everything. Whether it’s love or hate he feels towards her and when the time comes and she knows what she will think.

The movie predicted the digital era we are in right now, not to the full extent we’ve reached though. As well as highlighting how the internet has the ability to shape not just our love life, but our whole life. 

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Dave Chappelle, Steve Zahn.

Credits: Directed by Nora Ephron, Screenplay by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, Based on Parfumerie by Miklós László. A Warner Bros. release.

Rating: PG13 Parents strongly cautioned – Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


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