Kate & Leopold by: Christine Kane

Posted: May 8, 2012 by jperritt in Rom-com [romantic comedy]
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Kate’s ex-boyfriend, Stewart, lives in the apartment above hers. He happens to be a theoretical physicist, unemployed and with only one goal- to prove time travel is possible. By using calculations based on weather patterns and more, Stewart actually succeeds in finding a ‘hole in time’. He journeys to New York of 1867, but must return quickly as the door only stays open for a short period of time. Unfortunately, when he races back to the modern day, Leopold, a bored and curious Duke that longs for something more out of life, follows him. Now, trapped in modern day New York, Leopold must deal with the alterations in both the city and the people. His outlook on life changes super-busy ad executive Kate’s life forever.

My Thoughts:
Most modern romantic comedies have trash in them; sex, drugs, twisted emotional relationships. Released in 2001, Kate & Leopold broke that mold and became one of my favorite movies. It wasn’t because the two stars had great chemistry, and it wasn’t because the supporting cast was just perfect. Both those statements are true, but that’s not the point.
The point is, that in a world drenched in a sexualized, overly stimulated culture, this movie’s ‘lesson’ was all about slowing down and enjoying the time it takes to make everything special. It starts out simple. When Leopold ends up babysitting a child from down the hall, he turns off the T.V. and tells a story. Then, later on, he waxes rhapsodic about food preparation and how time and effort really pay off. Eventually he shows Kate that real life happens in the slow moments, not in the busy work hours.
Unfortunately, like many of us would, Kate dismisses his views as old-fashioned and not fitting for the ‘real world’. This really opened my eyes to what God has planned for us. He created the world for us to enjoy, not exploit. And we miss out on so much of God’s creation because we are so busy doing what we think is important. We don’t have time for God’s creations, other people, or even God. Leopold’s persistent nature and thoughtfulness also made me think of God’s patience with us, despite our ignoring Him.
Eventually, Kate chooses work over Leopold, and he returns to his own time, supposedly to marry whoever will be able to help his family out of their financial difficulties. He resigns himself to living a loveless life.
Kate gets the promotion she wanted, but she’s still not happy. At last she realizes it is not money or power that makes life worth living. It is loving others. She runs to find Leopold, only to discover he’s already gone. Heartbroken, she goes to Stewart for help.
Stewart, who was a terrible and self-centered boyfriend, has also been changed by Leopold. He sees how much they love each other and helps her make it through the hole in time just moments before it closes forever. He gives up the small chance he had to get her back for her good, not his.
Last but not least, Kate has to get to the Ball before Leopold announces his engagement (forced by his Uncle) at midnight. She makes it in the nick of time and the moment Leopold sees her there, he knows she has left behind her whole world for him. He asks her to marry him and they dance.
Okay, so I’m a bit sappy, but the whole idea of unselfish sacrifice just brings home God’s way of thinking versus the world’s. Not money, not power, but true love comes first.

Author Bio
Christine Kane, a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects including internet providers in my area for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00 @ gmail.com

  1. I usually don’t watch romantic comedies for many reasons. Looks like I should check this one out!

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