I’ve noticed that on the program of the Royal Filmarchive the movie The shop around the corner is scheduled in November. I’ve seen this movie ages ago on BBC, when they did the effort to air some classics in the morning. It’s a movie by Ernst Lubitsch.
It stars James (Jimmy) Stewart and Margaret O’Sullivan – and is the story of a man and a woman who both work in a little gift shop in Budapest, who can’t stand each other. But they fall in love with each other as anonymous pen palls.
So it’s a story about mistaken identities and it takes a close look to the human weaknesses and foolishness
Now the movie You’ve got mail is loosly based on The Shop. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks hate each other with a passion : she owner of little book store and he owner of multinational chain of bookstores who plan on marketing her out of her shop. Instead of letters, in this movie they use e-mail as way of anonymous pen pall correspondance.
Now there’s nothing wrong with You’ve got mail – a good movie for a slow evening on the couch. But for me it didn’t deliver. The ending was disappointing to me. And in all honesty it doesn’t even come close to the comedy value of The shop around the corner. In that original version, the story is better portrayed, has a nice pace to it and the ending is, although very romantic, not so cheezy as expected. That one is a real classic of cinema. And Jimmy Stewart, who I found a very good actor only in his black&white movies and not in colour, is very strong and witty in it.
MAIN REASON FOR APPEAL:
Well the fact that in real life they really don’t get along, but are so compatible and sweet through correspondance. They actually share their most inner personal thoughts and feelings to each other through their letters, but are so judgemental in real life. Goes to show that people should really bother to set aside assumptions and give each other a chance. Idealistic? Maybe – but we all have many faces depending the environment we are in (work, home, with friends, …), and it is worth looking beyond them to find some gems of persons out there.
But as I said before – I’m in a romantic mood, so my opinion is a bit clouded…