After his wife Maggie passes away, Sam Baldwin and his 8-year-old son Jonah relocate from Chicago to Seattle to escape the grief associated with Maggie's death. Eighteen months later Sam is still grieving and can't sleep. Although Jonah misses his mother, he wants his father to get a new wife despite Sam having not even contemplated dating again. On Christmas Eve, Sam (on Jonah's initiative) ends up pouring his heart out on a national radio talk show about his magical and perfect marriage to Maggie, and how much he still misses her. Among the many women who hear Sam's story and fall in love with him solely because of it is Annie Reed, a Baltimore-based newspaper writer. Annie's infatuation with Sam's story and by association Sam himself is despite being already engaged. But Annie's relationship with her straight-laced fiancé Walter is unlike her dream love life in the movie An Affair to Remember (1957). She even writes to Sam proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building on ...Written by
At the end of the movie supposedly Sam and Jonah have returned to the top of the Empire State Building to retrieve Jonah's backpack. Yet when they enter the elevator to go back down no one (not Sam, not Jonah, not Annie) has the backpack. See more »
Mommy got sick. And it happened just like that. There's nothing anybody could do. It isn't fair. There's no reason. But if we start asking why, we'll go crazy.
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Awwww.....what a romantic comedy! Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are one of the most endearing cinematic pairs in Hollywood, Their chemistry is adorable.
In this movie too, the bubbly Meg as Annie Reed and the simple, funny Hanks as Sam Baldwin win the heart of the audience.
Another great aspect of the movie is the humor especially among the major characters. At one moment, you'd be teary-eyed with the sensitivity in some of the scenes while other times you'll be reeling in laughter. It's spontaneous fun at it's best! The direction & music are also well executed.
I think Meg Ryan at the time was a bit raw to handle some of the complex emotional scenes. Nevertheless she was cute and warmed our hearts :)
Also not all the scenes are impressively crafted(camera work or the lighting maybe) but you don't really mind as you're busy enjoying the breeze of love and light-heartedness.
Verdict: One of the most uplifting, romantic Hollywood movies made. Sigh.
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