When it comes to romantic comedies, especially classic romcoms, Nora Efron’s sleepless in Seattle Top or least features at the top of every list. Think about it: the famous ’90s onscreen couple Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks, a love story that begins when Ryan overhears Hank talking about love on the radio, and travels through cities to find him. The quest, which ends with their first meeting at the top of the Empire State Building – isn’t that great?
A love story that begins when Ryan listens to Hank on the radio? A quest that involves multiple journalistic and civilized human ethics violations to find a man? And meeting a stranger on top of the Empire State Building and professing love for them?
Meg Ryan’s Actions In ‘Sleepless In Seattle’ Are That Of A Stalker
Ryan plays Annie Reid, a Baltimore Sun reporter in the film. She is engaged to Walter Jackson, played by Bill Pullman. Let’s start from the beginning, early on the audience learns that Annie is not happy with her engagement to Walter. Although completely in love with Annie, Walter’s peculiar features establish him as the wrong man for Annie.
When Annie listens to Sam, a widower – played by Tom Hanks – talk about missing his wife and the idea of her love, she immediately feels a connection with him. Along with several women across the country, she also decides to write him a letter – which may even be considered harmless. However, in the letter, she asks to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day.
From there, a series of hunting activities begins. She uses the resources of her work to track down Sam in Seattle and then takes on an assignment in the city to pursue Sam and his son Jonah. When Sam sees her in Seattle and is immediately beaten up, he doesn’t realize that Annie is not there by chance.
Their Meeting at the Empire State Building Isn’t Romantic
Not only this, Annie breaks up with Walter on Valentine’s Day. She does it when they’re in New York, just minutes before moving into the Empire State Building, apparently, to meet the love of her life – for the first time.
At that meeting Sam should have realized that Annie is not in love, but infatuated with him. He recognizes her from Seattle yet never questioned what she was doing there. His chasing behavior aside, New York is essentially the first time they meet each other. While the idea of a grand gesture sounds romantic, the idea of meeting someone you don’t know at the top of one of New York’s tallest buildings—a child included—is quite frightening.
Even then, sleepless in Seattle remains a classic
Even though the film could easily have been a thriller or worse, a horror film, there are a few things to like about the film. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan’s chemistry is undeniable, even while living in different cities. Ryan and Hanks pull off their roles with an effortless charm that you can’t help but fall for.
Ryan’s portrayal of Annie, given all of her questionable actions, still maintains an innocence that is quite honestly creepy, but only comes across as hopelessly romantic. The film also has a beautiful soundtrack. Despite the shortcomings, the film is well written.
The film is set up as a grand romantic journey. Two people looking for love find each other in unexpected ways. For this reason, one can still enjoy the movie if they ignore the obvious.
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