The Time Traveler’s Wife

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STAFF MOVIE REVIEW

By Evelyn Ferguson, Cinema Worker

Rating: 4stars (out of five)

The Time Traveller’s Wife is a different sort of trans-temporal story. Unlike the more sci-fi orientated Back to the Future and Doctor Who, this movie explores the idea that time travel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that sometimes, we really don’t want to know what our futures have in store for us.

Henry DeTamble has an unusual genetic condition that forces him to be pulled back and forth through time when he least expects it. Oh, and he’s always naked when he arrives at a new point in time, too. This presents many problems for him, the most immediate being finding clothes, the others include trying not to freeze to death and avoiding arrest for breaking and entering. Henry’s safe havens are at home, where he can pretend he leads a relatively normal life, and the meadow, where he periodically meets younger versions of his future wife, Clare.

As the title suggests, The Time Traveller’s Wife isn’t just about Henry’s misadventures through his personal timeline; it focuses on the affect his frequent disappearances have on Clare, who waits as faithfully and as patiently as she can, not knowing when her husband will return.

For those who have read the book, you won’t be disappointed. The movie manages to capture the gracefulness and ingenuity of the novel, and both Eric Bana’s and Rachel McAdams’ chemistry shines on-screen, bringing the star-crossed lovers’ tale to life. The two-hour length is ample time for Robert Schwentke to include the most important and pivotal moments from the novel, but in doing so, the movie felt confused at times, and I found myself wondering if this was trying to be a romance, a science fiction, a drama or a slice-of-life.

Nevertheless, you don’t need to have read the book to appreciate this film and I highly recommend The Time Traveller’s Wife for anyone looking for a sweet romance with a twist in time.

Standout performance: Eric Bana

This movie is now showing at Reading Cinemas in Queenstown.

This review has been written and rated by Evelyn Ferguson of Reading Cinemas Queenstown.

Cast: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Arliss Howard and Ron Livingston.
Rating: M (contains violence)
Genre: Romance/Fantasy
Length: 117 mins