The film looks like one of Hammer's classier efforts and the horror is downplayed in favour of 'Doctor Who'-like sci-fi. It's got a good reputation but I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the simpler horror vehicles from the studio and missed the presence of Cushing and Lee. Not my favourite Hammer then but a good effort.
This film shouldn't work at all. It doesn't have much of a story and the whole dial up internet thing is incredibly dated. However Hanks and Ryan sell it beautifully and you can't help but root for them. Ryan is very similar to her 'When Harry Met Sally' persona but it's Hanks who has the harder role of playing a potentially unlikeable character. It's also nice to see him relaxing into a comedy role again after so maybe Oscar-worthy films. This is one of those films that you'll end up watching again and again when it turns up on TV.
How much you like this film depends on how much you like Reece Witherspoon. Her character can be quite annoying here but I suppose that's the point. You grow to like her as Ruffalo does. The film plays a little like 'Ghost Town' and 'Cardiac Arrest' but will a little twist this time as the two souls are obviously destined to fall in love. The whole thing is very sweet and Ruffalo and Witherspoon make a nice couple. If you want a sweet romantic comedy you'll probably like this. However it may be a bit sickly for some.
Although it stars Hanks and Madonna the film really belongs to Davis. A snapshot of a specific time in history the film can be a bit syrupy sweet sometimes but Hanks' drunken coach keeps the whole thing on track and the chemistry between him and Davis is strong. A great film to see some impressive acting talent in supporting roles before they were famous.
Great chemistry between all three leads and it's nice to see a film trying to take it's subject matter seriously. That's not to say that there isn't humour here but no-one plays anything for laughs. You can't help but egg the couple on as they try to save their marriage and although some couples may find this a bit close to home it's a lovely film.