Kate & Leopold is a 2001 romantic-comedy fantasy that narrates a tale of a duke who travels through time-path from New York in 1876 to the present and falls in love with a modern day career oriented woman in New York. The film was directed by James Mangold and stars Meg Ryan as Kate McKay and Hugh Jackman as Leopold.
In the year of 1876, Leopold Mountbatten, Duke of Albany, is a august dreamer. His Strict Uncle Millard has no patience for Leopold’s disrespect for the infamous monarchy, insisting and pressurizing him he must marry a rich American, as the Mountbatten family finances are seemed depleting his counts. Millard has cleared him that on his “thirtieth birthday he had become a blemish to the family name”.
The stifled Duke finds Stuart Besser , an amateur physicist studying his schematic diagrams and taking photographs of them. He had seen him earlier at Roebling’s speech about the Brooklyn Bridge. Leopold follows Stuart and tries to save him from falling off the unfinished bridge and diffuses into the temporal time hole. Leopold in the morning found himself in some modern day world environment which is too weird for him to encounter.
As Leopold awakens in 21st century modern day New York, he is at first perplexed and thinks that he has been abducted. Stuart ensures him saying that he has created formulae to forecast portals in the temporal universe and that Leopold must stay inside his apartment until the portal opens again a week later. As Stuart takes his dog out, he is injured by falling into the elevator shaft, and is eventually institutionalized for speaking about his scientific discovery.
Leopold is left-off by the charming and ambitious Kate McKay, Stuart’s ex-girlfriend, who comes to the apartment for her Palm Pilotstylus. He observes that she is a “career oriented woman” and that her field, market research, is a fine implication for a woman and states that he once dated a librarian from Sussex. Kate dismisses him and demands that he took Stuart’s dog for a walk. Leopold is overwhelmed to see that Roebling’s bridge is still standing. Back at the apartment, he befriends Charlie , Kate’s only and unemployed brother and an actor between gigs, who believes him to be an actor as well at very first instant.
Kate and Leopold become romantically involved with each other, as they dine and tour New York city. She experienced an wonderful life while with Leopold. It is the gentleness and generosity of Leopold that drives her mind more into him. At every jiffy, she was with him, she was falling for him unknowingly.
When shooting begins on the TV advertisement in which Leopold has agreed to act, he finds the specific product- diet margarine very disgusting. He cannot tolerate how Kate would have him endorse a rubbish item and declares that “when someone is involved in something entirely without merit, one withdraws”. Echoing his uncle, Kate says that sometimes one has to do things one doesn’t want to. He chides her about integrity. She retorts, “I don’t have time for pious speeches from two hundred year old men who have not worked a day in their life”. Their epitome of love-ship suddenly goes through high waves of emotions.
Stuart escapes from the mental hospital, and sends Leopold back to his own time. That night, while Kate is accepting her promotion at a company conference, he and Charlie are racing to meet her. Moments before she goes on stage, they arrive and produce pictures under the desk that she was standing along. The pictures are actually taken from Stuart’s camera that show her in 1876. Stuart says that he had thought he disrupted the spacetime continuum, but actually he realized that “the whole thing is a beautiful 4-D pretzel ofkismetic inevitability” and smiles gently. Stuart becomes very happy and thinks he has been a clinched medium to this love-ship of Leo and Kate.
Kate makes her mind and chooses a life with Leopold over her career, and the three of them escape to the Brooklyn Bridge. There, catching the portal before it closes at midnight, Kate vanishes into unknown world of 1876, where Leopold appears resigned to be pragmatic, as Kate and his uncle had advised him, and marry Miss Tree for her family fortune; but, just as he is about to announce his intention to become engaged to Miss Tree, as he opens his mouth to speak, he sees Kate and announces her name, Kate McKay, as his bride-to-be.
In the climax scene, they kiss each other intensely and the camera is played out showing the time In the clock.