The Time Traveller's Wife: Movie Review
Cast: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston
Director: Robert Schwentke
Based on the best selling book by Audrey Niffenegger about a time travelling
librarian (yeah, who knew?), the film version of The Time Traveller's Wife
finally materialises in cinemas.
Bana stars as old and young versions of Henry deTamble, who, thanks to a
genetic anomaly, can travel back and forth through time. Without warning, he
simply disappears, leaving behind a pile of clothes and questions - and shows up
somewhere else stark naked.
However, one day at a library, he meets Rachel McAdams' Claire Abshire, who
tells him that they've met before - only Henry's never met her. Yet.
So they start a relationship and Henry begins to realise that he's met the
young Claire - and as their life together grows, Claire begins to suffer the
strain of not knowing how long Henry's around for her and what they can do
Can their love survive? And what hurdles will they face in their future -
will Henry's genetic problem be passed onto their children?
The Time Traveller's Wife may have you leaving the cinema doing one of two
things - either scratching your head over the intricacies of jumping around in
your own timeline (the bane of sci-fi - and Sam Beckett - for years) or bawling
your eyes out.
It's a romantic fantasy with a narrative that jumps back and forth (although
not as strongly as the book did) - director Robert Schwentke has made the
narrative as linear as he could.
Bana and McAdams bring considerable charm to their respective roles - and the
effects of Bana melting away as Henry are pretty cool (like water running
through a painting) - but The Time Traveller's Wife has a kind of mournful
Henry's condition is never seen as anything more than a curse for him - he
can't save his mother from a fatal car accident and he never seems entirely
happy to just disappear. Even when flashes of his death appear, it's a nice
touch to see that Bana's character is scared because he finally has something he
wants to stick around for and that's now out of his control.
The Time Traveller's Wife won't set the world alight - despite some of the
corny lines, there's a quiet air of sadness in it which induces a major case of
the weepies at the end.