The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13)
Director: Robert Schwentke
This science-fiction romance is based on Audrey Niffenegger’s novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Although this movie stared two of my favoprite actors, Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, it left much to be desired.
The film jumps around from the 1970’s to the early 2000’s. Henry DeTamble, played by Eric Bana, is a time traveling librarian with no control over his “gift”.At any given moment Henry may disappear only to reappear in some other place and time, naked, and with no idea as to his whereabouts. He relies on his ability to cheat, steal, and beat people in order to survive in these other times. While many of the times you see him travel he is having to use his illicit skills, you also get to see the softer side of Henry. Henry tends to visit a young girl named Clare. Henry informs Clare that she is an important part of his life in the future and that is why he is drawn to her in the past. Henry and Clare meet in present time, for both of them, in the early 90’s and our interesting love story begins. The story follows this pair as they face some everday relationship problems as well as bizare situations brought on by Henry’s tendancy to disappear.
It is understandable for the plot of a movie such as this one to jump around through time, as the main character does, but the film seemed to be poorly thought out. It would appear that the writer of the screenplay, Bruce Joel Rubin, picked out the high points of the novel, threw them together, and the characters were forced to give a less than adequate explanation to try and patch things up. If someone watching this film had not already read the book they could be easily confused.
The filming and scenery in this film was very well done. The movie was filmed in Illinois, which does not sound all to exciting to some, but the landscape and scenery was breathtaking and brought the story to life. With the many views of the Chicago city scape contrasting against the forest and meadows of young Clare’s home, it is easy to say that they nailed this one. When Henry and young Clare meet in the meadow the scene looks like something out of a fairy tale. The sun is shining and the camera seems to catch every ray as it shines off of the many surfaces of the meadow. The meadow scenes seem to exude innocence and beauty which match the love that Henry has for the young Clare.
While the scenery and filming was beautfully done, it in no way made up for the choppy plot line. I would not pay to see this movie again, nor would I recommend it to anyone who was a friend. However, if you are determined to see this movie I would recommend taking the book along as a guide.