Beyond the scary innuendoes about the technological world, this film has a beauty to it that I never before completely comprehended. Sure, in the past I thought the witty comments emailed back and forth were cute and humorous. As I watched the film on this occasion, however, I realized the poetry in the words. Tom Hank's character, Joe Fox, particularly seems to have this gift with his poetic descriptions of New York in the fall, bagel dust on the streets, and the wonderful decision making process of ordering coffee at Starbucks. This film is filled with more beauty because of its ability to make you create things with your own imagination in a way only a book requires. The viewer is never shown a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils delivered to Kathleen, but I am sure that we all imagined what they would look, smell, and feel like. Beauty also lies in what the camera does show you. There are many incredibly magnificent scenic shots throughout the city and in the sets. From the fall leaves, the view across the river to NJ, bagel dust, and great wood paneled rooms, offices, and stores this film shows the beauty of New York City in a way that is untouched by the chaos, noise, technology, or hustle and bustle.
If anything, this last viewing of You've Got Mail! assured me that it belongs not just in my DVD library, but in all film libraries for it can entertain as a cute and simple story, but underneath has something more special to say.