Movie Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife

‘The Time Travelers Wife’ is a 2009 romantic drama based on the smash-hit novel by Audrey Niffenegger.

Starring Eric Bana (Henry) and Rachel McAdams (Clare), the movie tells the story of Henry’s genetic condition (chrono-impairment) which causes him to randomly time travel to significant moments in his life.

 

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Bana and McAdams have great chemistry and warmth on-screen and keep the film from degenerating into a ceaseless tear-jerker.

 

Given the fact that when Henry time travels, his clothes don’t – he certainly seems to take showing up naked pretty well.

As well as the obvious embarrassment, Henry is subject to all kinds of dangers as the result of his involuntary time jumping; including disappearing in the middle of his own wedding, showing up in dangerous situations and even seeing his own death but not knowing the cause of it.

Despite the cool time-travel twist – which will do your head in if you actually try to work it all out logically – this film is really more of a love story than a science fiction.

 

Their life is built around Henry’s chrono-impairment and in some ways is quite regular – and much like it is for any couple living with a chronic illness.

 

Directed by German Director, Robert Schwentke (‘RIPD’, ‘Insurgent’ series), there are whole pieces of time travel logic (e.g. why can’t Henry remember his travels into the future?) which are simply left unanswered – and in some ways perhaps this is better than falling into any kind of truly scientific exploration.

‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ is certainly an interesting journey but best enjoyed if you can sit back, suspend disbelief and go along for the ride.

Available on Netflix and check out the official trailer here:

 

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