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This was directed by Robert Schwentke, who has directed a handful of things but Flightplan seems to be the only real one prior to The Time Traveller's Wife that I can recognise. I was quite shocked to find that Brad Pitt was one of the 5 producers that worked on this film, probably because having just watched it I did think it was an odd choice for him and would have expected a better end result.
The film roughly falls into a fantasy romantic drama genre and is based on a novel by Audrey Niffenegger. I haven't read the book, nor do I intend to, though I do hear it gets good reviews. Unfortunatley, this does mean I can't draw any comparisons or weigh up my expectations between the book and film versions.
I would say the premise, when you break it down and look at the basics, is actually very simple. We're introduced to Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian who just so happens to time travel randomly and when he's stressed. This genetic disorder becomes an affliction when it causes problems in his life, especially as he can be removed from the present for long periods of time whilst he's off travelling back to another day or even years earlier. Henry is in love with Clare Abshire, but their relationship and how they came to know each other is confusing at best. Because of Henry's time travelling, when we see the characters meet for the first time he doesn't even recognise Clare, but she seems to know all about him.
The film then, in a nutshell, explores what kind of relationship these two can have, and how Henry's prolonged absences begin to take their toll on Clare. The story is interesting in that it actually brings about lots of questions, from the obvious ones such as 'what the hell is happening, how did he end up here?!', to 'I wonder what I would do if the love of my life kept disappearing for days talking to the younger me 10 years ago?'.
The cast includes Eric Bana (as Henry) and Rachel McAdams (Clare) as the two central characters. Both seemed well placed in their respective roles, being easy and relatively realistic to watch. I would say, however, that they were let down by the script and direction, with too much in the way of cliché or almost melodramatics taking away the tension and possible seriousness of the scenes. I may be alone in thinking this, but I found The Time Traveller's Wife to be difficult to sit through.
Moments of characters looking at each other with that 'look of love', and then quickly turning away and facing towards the camera. The script that often seemed a bit too obvious, too 'mushy' and simply laughable. Granted, the script could have been worse, but I would have expected better.
The storyline didn't make a huge deal of sense to me, possibly because my interest was waning throughout the film. There were just little things here and there when working out the physics of the whole thing that made you wonder what was going on, could that really happen like that etc. The film mostly tried to carry the viewer through what was happening rather than push you and leave you confused, but perhaps one or two moments could have been made a little clearer.
The film had a good quality feel to it overall, and you can tell that time and money went in to making it. I do wish they'd saved some money on the soundtrack at times, because the accompanying music started to get on my nerves; the 'heart-wrenching' music seemed to accentuate the clichés and the mushiness for me.
I did, however, quite like the ending. You could tell some atmosphere and tension was building up and I wanted to know how it would end. A degree of empathy was built up and I felt some connection to the central characters, because by the end I wanted everything to work out alright for them. Would I say it was a film that moved me to tears? No, I was actually very glad when it was over, but I do know people who have loved this and genuinely found it very moving.
Overall, this isn't one I'd particularly recommend, but then again, it takes a lot for me to like a romantic drama. It does have some upsides and I know the guy who recommended I watched this even said it bought a tear to his eye. Perhaps I'm being too harsh, but I just found it a little too difficult to watch and too sickly sweet/obvious and cliche enough that I couldn't take it all too seriously.
DVD released 2010, running time 107 minutes, rated Certificate 12
Selling for £3.75 (Amazon)
I bought this film some time ago now in one of those 2 for £10 dvd offers at Hmv, but I didn't get round to watching it until last night. My husband and I both have a week off work, and up until last night i had been either days out or sorting out the house, so we decided to have a romantic evening together before we have to go back to work. I decided to watch this film as although I had heard mixed reviews on the film, I knew it would be a romantic one.
The Time Traveler's Wife film, is based on the 2003 book of the same name by American author Audrey Niffenegger.
Eric Bana stars as Henry
Rachel McAdams as Clare
Other cast members are Hailey McCann, Ron Livingston, Stephen Tobolowshy, Arliss Howard,Brooklynn Proulx ,Alex Ferris, Tatum McCann, Michelle Nolden, Maggie Castle, Fiona Reid, and Philip Craig.
Directed by Robert Schwenthe and Produced by Nick Wechsler and Brad Pitt.
Feature running time, Approx 103 Minutes
Time traveler's wife tells the story of Henry DeTamble who has a genetic disorder which cause him to involuntarily travel through time, and Clare Abshire who has known Henry most of her life. Yet when they meet when Clare is aged 20, this is the first time Henry has seen her.
The film begins with Henry's first experience with time travel at the age of around 5, which starts with a tramatic event. Henry is comforted by an older version of himself. The destinations Henry travels to are down to his subconscious but how long these trips in time last and when he leaves are all beyond his control. When he travels he can't take his clothes with him and arrives at his destination naked. Although he can travel back to events in time like the event at the beginning of the film he is incapable of changing these events or there outcome.
After Henry and Clare's first meeting from his perspective, they develop a close relationship, and Henry begins to travel back to times in Clare's childhood beginning with a meeting when Clare is around 5-6 years old. The couple go on to marry, although she does end up marry a later version of him than planned. They deal with many issues, good times and bad through their marriage which are only made worse by his time travelling, which is hard on Clare always being the one waiting on him to return. They deal with miscarriages, with some really heart breaking scenes.
The film ending is different to that of the book, and although many of the same events take place, they are portrayed differently. I don't want to spoil the ending of the film or the book for those of you who haven't seen or read it, but all I will say is get the tissues ready.
I really quite enjoyed the film. I did however feel the film took a while to get into. I feel the later half of the film was more important than the first. The film is more about their love and relationship than his time travelling. His time travel is almost brushed over a bit to quickly in the film, no really big explanation or mad reactions to people seeing him disappear. I did feel that it was quite a beautiful love story, and some parts made my heart melt. There were also some funny parts to the film like when she marries an older version of Henry than see was planning on. That being said I felt the film had alot of hard hitting emotional parts to it. By the end even my husband had a tear in his eye. This is largely down to the miscarriage scenes, perhaps as a parent or someone who has had experience of such events we found these very heart breaking. Overall I thought it was a pretty good film, like most book to film films, the film left out and change some parts of the book, and in my eyes the book is better, but if you haven't read the book I think it is a good romantic film to watch. Perhaps more of a chick flick but my husband enjoyed it too.
If you have read some of my other reviews you may know I am a chick-flick-aholic. I just love the romance, heartbreak and uncontrollable love some of these films fill you with.
I had seen advertisements for the Time Traveler's Wife when it arrived at cinema's and the title had sounded a little ridiculous so I had given it a wide birth. It was only a few months later when my mother offered to lend me the book after recommending it that I fell in love :)
I read the book cover to cover in 5 days and ransacked the DVD shop for the film and my obsession only deepend after seeing it!
The film casts Eric Bana as the time traveler Henry DeTamble and the cute Rachel McAdams as Claire Abshire. The casting of Eric Bana is so spot on to the book I was amazed, and not forgetting Rachel McAdams. She brings so much warmth to the character of Claire that I fell in love with her even more.
A handful of cast members include:-
Eric Bana as Henry Detamble
Rachel McAdams as Claire Abshire
Ron Livingston as Gomez
Michelle Nolden as Annette DeTamble
Arliss Howard as Richard DeTamble
I will try not to give to much of the plot away but here is a summary. Henry travels through time, with no control over when and where he goes. The story introduces us to Henrys plight from his first time travelling as a young boy. The time-travelling puts Henry in great danger as he can never guess to where he will end up, without any clothes or money. It is on one such day that he meets Claire when he emerges into her families grounds. Claire at the point is a young and the two become friends over the passing years as Henry time travels to her.
When Claire reaches her 20's she finds Henry in the present and romance blossoms. The film portrays they development of their relationship perfectly and builds the film through their love and heartbreak everytime they are seperated.
The DVD describes the film as "weav(ing) together destiny and devotion, past and future to turn an extraordinary love into an extraordinary love story". This sums up the film in one line in perfect sentiment.
The DVD includes the film along with Interviews with Rachal McAdams, Eric Bana and Director Robert Schwentke.
This Film is definatly worth spilling those tears and embracing romance for an evening
Star - Eric Bana
RuN-TiMe - 113 minutes
Genre - Rom-Com
Time Travel movies are generally quite good. But if you take the time travel for granted and don't even think about ironing out any paradoxes then no one is interested and the whole thing becomes a waste of time. The time travel aspect must be the star of the movie, the biggest flaw here by far. I like Eric Bana as an actor and they say one of the nicest guys in the business, but sticking a hunk like him in a rom-com is a bad move, especially one based on a very popular chick lit book, the same mistake made with Gerard Butler in 'PS I Love You', an equally obsequious and sickly sweet misfire. Beefcake and custard rarely mix. This is Mark Ruffalo territory guys. Don't get me wrong, when rom-com is done well even guys will embrace it, but most of the time the Americans do get it wrong and churn out the same old crap because they know if they stick a huge poster on a bus shelter or a pink cover on the DVD then women of a certain fluffiness will rent it. As my old dad said: Men rule the world because they are cynical not gullible. Love interest Rachel McAdams, of course, is perfect for this movie.
Eric Bana ... Henry DeTamble
Rachel McAdams ... Clare Abshire
Alex Ferris ... Henry at Six
Arliss Howard ... Richard DeTamble
Brooklynn Proulx ... Clare at Six and Eight
Jane McLean ... Charisse
Ron Livingston ... Gomez
Michelle Nolden ... Annette DeTamble
Handsome thirtysomething Henry DeTamble (Bana) has mysteriously materialized in a Chicago library, but even more surprised by a beautiful young lady called Clare (Rachael McAdams) that understands that he is a time traveler and waiting for him to appear there, and knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have met before, a lot for a guy to take in. He quickly falls in love with Clare, as she has already with him, but soon being zapped into another leap, appearing naked like the Terminator every time he jumps.
The next encounter is with a young 8-year-old girl in an idyllic summer's field, Henry fully naked once again, although he looks suspiciously 37 every time he does jump. He is able to sometimes control his leaps through desire to be in a certain place and time, among his getaways being many visits to the young version of Clare in that idyllic field. From present-day Clare's diary he is able to get a list of dates when he visited her, and gives those to young Clare so that she can be waiting for him with clothes in the future and past, complicated but sweet all the same.
Through flashback we learn how his mother died and how he didn't, that event somehow connected to his time traveling ability. But all this jumping around the space time continuum confuses a man and not ideal for a long term relationship with a needy beautiful woman, especially as Henrys jumps are through a narrow band of time, so he doesn't get to see Jesus or the dinosaurs, just Clare in different time zones. But things take a turn for the worse when one Henry jumps into another Henrys timeline, and not in the best of shape, meaning we are entering the end game to his time traveling abilities, the beams crossed and everyone who knows he can do what he does worried for his continued existence.
Clare at Eight: Are you married?
Henry DeTamble: Yes, I am.
Clare at Eight: Is your wife a time traveler?
Henry DeTamble: No. No, thank God.
Clare at Eight: Do you love her?
Henry DeTamble: Yes. Very much. What's wrong?
Clare at Eight: Nothing. I was just hoping you're married to me
I am stunned at the impressive 7.1 rating on the normally reliable Internet Movie Database. First of all when the narrative is always going to be capricious, a beautiful young woman marrying a guy that disappears every day to another dimension (the thing that girls are not supposed to like in a man), then you cant dumb that down any more, exactly what they do here. Here the time travel thing is purely used as a mechanism to add extra scenes and what could be a smart narrative to exploit dissolves into a scene here with Bana and another scene there with McAdams. The romance does not convince and the plotline vacuous and wasted. Even in a romcom the audience wants to feel they will be allowed to work out the plot and enjoy the twists and turns, especially the intrigue of a time travel timeline, but here all that metaphysics kept banal, presumably because of the fact its mostly women watching the movie, which is the makers of this movie and not the writer of this article being patronizing. I do pity the poor boyfriends having to explain the plot to the other half though when Bana pops into thin air.
For me the only reason to rent this would be if that time flipping can make the movie more romantic, which it just doesn't do, in fact the opposite. There is no chemistry between Bana and McAdams and so the film falls flat early on and the time travel almost incidental, bizarre considering the title and the movie and subject matter. The stars are wasted, a lovely romantic idea wrecked by a lazy screenplay and cheesy dialogue, few scene worth the effort. Everything is hurried and the book, which I presume is affectionately thought of, getting zero justice on screen. What writer Audrey Niffenegger makes of this is anybody's guess.
I think the clue to its malfunction is the fact it was optioned way back in 2003 by Jennifer Aniston's Production Company, all you need to know how chocolate box this would be when it eventually made it to the big screen. It's just too schmaltzy and silly to be considered worth renting and it really annoys me when Hollywood dumbs down what could have been a decent movie, especially as there are so few original ideas out there to make decent movies from, this reduced to perfunctory chic flick dross. They did it with 'Jump' with Hayden Christian and they have done it again here, for me, sacrilegious to mess up with time travel concepts. But it's well packaged for its target market with a likewise soppy romantic soundtrack and the people who put it together knew full well it's going to do its money back because of that. If you want to see a really good time travel movie then Time Crimes will be the one to bamboozle you.
I will leave the last word to the Rolling Stone Magazine film critic who elegantly nailed this film in one sentence: "I kept doing what every fantasy film should never allow one to do - question it every step of the way"...
Imdb.com - 7.1 / 10.0 (27, 286 votes)
Rottentomatos.com - 38% approval rating (users 65% approval)
Metacritc.com - 45% approval rating (users 58% approval)
Radio Times Film Book - 2/5
The Age - "Without any notion of what type of film it wants to be, The Time Traveler's Wife is neither funny nor charming, moving nor romantic".
The Guardian - "It's even more inane and sitting up begging to be loved than Benjamin Button".
Silly sci-fi tosh that tries to play itself out as a serious and heart-rending love story, but Ghost it ain't.
The NY Times - "Buy the book".
I first came across this tale a few years ago when my wife urged me to read the book by Audrey Niffenegger upon which this film is based. I just couldn't get into it - the writing was undoubtedly good, but the hard to grasp concept of the storyline just wasn't something I could read about. However, when the film came on TV the other week, we sat down together to watch it.
Why was the story a bit too complicated? Well, Clare is a normal woman, but the love of her life is somewhat complicated. She has met Henry at various times, mostly when he's in his thirties, but occasionally he's in his twenties or forties. The earliest she met him was when she was just a little girl and he was a man. You see, Henry is a time traveller. Not by choice, and often not very conveniently, but he is destined to spend the entirety of his life flitting along his own timeline without any forewarning or knowledge of when he will be next. However, through all of this, Clare and Henry fall in love, and try to incorporate their occasional separation into as much of a normal relationship as possible.
The concept of the film is something that really confused me with the book, but it was done very well in the film. This is not to criticise Niffenegger's book: I just didn't have the patience and mental capacity for it at the time. Put it into a 2 hour film, though, and it makes a lot more sense, as the visual effect helps to understand what's going on. I felt that Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams were excellent as the lead characters Henry and Clare, and their emotion really shone through as they dealt with the various dilemmas and joys that life throws their way.
What I first thought was going to be a rather predictable plot became anything but. The various little plot elements that turn up are quite deep and meaningful, especially when the more sad and tragic elements come into play, and this is something that's present from the very start. I liked this tale weaving, and have vowed to now give the book a go. My wife can't remember whether the book is like the film, so I have no real way of knowing whether the film stays true to the original tale. Either way, it's something well worth watching.
If there was anything to criticise, or niggle about, it's the power that sometimes comes into things with the time travelling. At the moment where Henry and Clare part each time, there's almost a resignation from the two of them. I felt the use of music could have made these moments all the more touching, and ultimately it felt a little bit like a run of the mill thing, even from the start. You can see the emotion from both characters each time it happens, and the acting is quite good at these moments, but the atmosphere in the film doesn't quite have that extra special emotional pull you'd expect to keep in touch with the rest of the film's ability to tug at the heartstrings.
Despite this, it's still a very good film, and it's not like they've ruined it by not making these moments more exaggerated. I just felt like they'd missed a trick almost. It's well worth a watch, great for a romantic night in, although you may want a box of tissues on occasion if you're not familiar with the story. Recommended.
The Time Traveller's Wife
FILM ONLY REVIEW
I Watched the film before I read the book as I have learnt from previous experiences that when watching a film after reading a book, more often than not I find the film a let down. This way, I had no pre-conceived ideas and was able to see the film for what it was and not what it was adapted from.
Clare Abshire met Henry when she was a little girl, though Henry DeTamble first met Clare when he was 28. How is this possible? Well, Henry is a time traveller, that's how!
By the time they meet again when Clare is 20 and Henry, 28, Clare is already in love with him and soon the feeling is returned, though their life together is not an easy one as Henry has no control of when he vanishes or where he will turn up.
I am not usually one for a love story, though this one is done so subtly that I found it fantastic. It focuses not only on their relationship, but also the time travelling which makes the story whole. I did feel, though, at some points they could have made more of certain scenes and perhaps explained certain things a bit more fully, though on the whole I felt it was a lovely, relaxing film to watch.
One thing I thought certainly could have been done better is the disappearing effect when Henry time travels. In this day and age, I have seen much better effects for much more difficult scenes. This effect is quite a small effect and one of the only ones in the film so in my opinion, it could have been done much better!
The acting in the film was excellent. There were some weak parts, though in the main the actors played their parts well and their relationships with one another were brilliant.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. There were some slow parts and more could have been made of other parts, though in the main it was a great film and I would certainly watch it again.
- Cast & Credits -
- Story -
Henry is a time traveller who can't control when he travels from one time to another and where he ends up. He goes back in time to become friends with a young girl, Claire, who ends up becoming his wife but there are of course many complications that come from having a husband that can and does disappear with no notice and no way of her knowing when she may see him next, especially when she discovers she's expecting.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
This is definitely a movie which you need access to tissues to watch, so ladies - you've been warned! although the slip it arrived in from Lovefilm classifies it as a fantasy/sci-fi movie, I'd say its alot more fantasy/romance based than sci-fi, personally. I think its more a movie that women will enjoy, although thats not to say that men wouldn't enjoy it, I just think its more of a chick flick sort of a movie really.
I can be quite critical about movies and the first thing that came to mind while watching it from fairly early on in the movie (ie plot wise) is the believability of the story. Of course people wouldn't believe that the main character can travel through time and its not a movie based on actual scientific fact, thats not what I'm referring to in this case, instead I'm thinking more about the fact that, for example, every time he 'travels' and suddenly appears elsewhere in the nude (as you do), he's able to quickly and fairly easily get his hands on someone elses clothes - is that really likely? there's that and the other sticking point that came to mind was the fact that when two characters are faced with the fact that he's not a bit of a loony and he does actually travel through time, when they see him disappear before their eyes, while it obviously takes them by surprise, there's no real talk of telling the media, of rushing him to medics or of claiming him as their discovery or anything like what you'd imagine may happen if this happened for real. In a sense its as if their like wow, ok so you *can* travel through time, thats a bit weird but ok then... and then they accept it and move on. Of course the story would likely be affected in a big way if the story changed but all the same, you are left thinking that there is this extra element of it thats less credible...I'm probably being a bit mean since its not really the point of the movie to be uber credible and everything but all the same, it came to mind so I'm mentioning it. People who are keen on time travelling movies and pay close attention to that side of it may also question the validity of Henry using his knowledge of the future to change him and his wives' future after its said earlier in the movie that no matter what, his special power doesn't allow him to change his future.
I felt that the movie was a bit confusing for viewers in terms of keeping track of 'which' Henry was in each scene, as he 'travelled' a lot and it can get a little confusing, from what point in time does he come from and what does he know when he's conversing with his wife etc. it can be alot to get your head around at first and it given my review so far, it sounds like there are a fair few criticisms for this movie but in its defence, I would say that its quite watchable, I like the concept/plot and trying to figure out what the outcome would be, indeed keeping up with the changes with Henry and 'which' Henry was appearing from scene to scene may be part of the appeal as well as a slight disadvantage, depending on how you see it. There are some fairly intense scenes where you'll likely need tissues as its quite emotional and I felt quite attached to the characters, thanks to decent performances from Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.
I think that overall, there are definitely flaws and questions im left with having seen it but as mainly a romantic drama or fantasy movie, I can't criticise it too badly because I did enjoy the characters and felt quite attached to them and their story and I was intrigued to see what would happen, so in that sense I certainly enjoyed the movie and I can't say that its not entertaining, it is fairly dramatic and there's definitely a fantastical element to it (its quite an absorbing movie, if you know what I mean - hence needing the tissues!), which the musical score/soundtrack helps to convey, so in that way its a good movie, just not without some technical flaws perhaps, hence the 4-star rating, if that makes sense(?).
- Would I Recommend It? -
This would depend on who's wanting to see it and for what purpose. As a romantic drama with fantasy and sci-fi elements to it, yes I would recommend it but for real time travel buffs then perhaps not. Overall I'd say that its worth seeing once and you know judge for yourself but I watched it through to the end and although I was left feeling a little unsure perhaps, I would say that I still enjoyed it and I thought it was quite good as a romantic drama, so its worth checking out.
I hope you found my review useful, thanks for reading it and thanks for all r/r/c's. This review was originally posted on Ciao UK under the same username.
I heard good things about this movie (plus it stars gorgeous Rachel McAdams) so how could I resist? This film is adapted from the bestselling novel of the same name by Audrey Niffenegger.
The DVD cover features the stunning Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana- lovely shot of her and definitely enchanting from the composition which reflects their relationship in the movie.
~~~THOUGHTS ON PLOT~~~
I hadn't read the book before seeing this, so did not know the general plot of the film, further confused by the constant nakedness of our lead Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) within five minutes of the film starting! Basically, Henry can teleport or rather time travel but he cannot control it. One time, he meets Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams) who claims she knows him and that they are best friends. They fall in love and get married, but Clare realises being a wife of a time traveller is harder than she thought.
This film isn't a typical love story; there isn't a chase and there aren't that many emotions thrown about during their courtship. It is until after they're married that things hit them and they realise their life isn't as easy as it seems. Up until this point, the film pretty much plateaued and wasn't really dynamic, although it did bring about intrigue and a lot of topless Eric Bana (fans, don't miss!).
Once they do get married though, the film takes it up a notch and the tone darkens as they try for a baby, darkened further by the spontaneous appearance of a future Henry, dying infront of their eyes. From this point forward, you really get intrigued with their life, their individual struggles with each other and the comprehension of the future.
Despite such darkly turn in which you really don't know how it will end, the ending brings you out of such darkness (quite sad what happens) and delivers a message of hope that I really liked and I am sure will satisfy most people.
Rachel McAdams- Clare Abshire
Eric Bana- Henry DeTamble
Rachel McAdams does a phenomenal role as Clare Abshire. Her portrayal of the role is believable and genuine, although at times reserved. I felt she could've taken the emotions even further as a woman living a torn life, but she did look stunning throughout!
Eric Bana was another actor who really impressed me. Whilst he didn't really shine in Troy and The Other Boleyn Girl apart from looking buff in all of them (including this one), it appears he connected more with this role and thus cemented his place on my list of actors to watch :D
Also stars Arliss Howard, Michelle Nolden and Alex Ferris.
Surprisingly, this DVD doesn't contain many extra features- only theatrical trailers and some cast interviews... As it is a book adaptation, surely there should be more featurettes on transforming it, choosing locations and interviews with the author and how she thought the film would be etc.
You can purchase the DVD online and in most stores for under £5!
Whilst it was slightly confusing how Henry transports himself and what is all happening from the beginning (as I hadn't read the book) the story forms quickly and even through all the time travelling, it makes a lot of sense and you can put the pieces together. Many films that have overlapping timelines and so on are overcomplicated, but this works really well throughout. The cast are supreme in the movie and really bring out the rollercoaster of a storyline to justice. I really like this film and will be looking to read the book soon.
I had wanted to see this since it was released at the cinema however, as with most films I never got round to it. Therefore, when it came through from my online DVD rental company the other day I was thrilled and couldn't wait to settle down and watch it. I was going to watch it with my partner but we never have much time when we are both free so I decided to watch it on my own. He will probably see it as a bit of a chick flick so I'm sure he won't mind! Even though I watched this on DVD, this is a film only review as I never bother with any extras.
The film is based on a book of the same name written by Audrey Niffenegger. The book was published in 2004, and the film rights were obtained before the book was even published. Niffengger was quoted as saying that she was worried the film would be different to how she saw the book in her head.
So the film opens by showing us a car crash involving a woman and her young son. We then see that the exact same boy is watching the crash from a distance. The scene then changes and we see a young girl playing in a field. Suddenly, a man starts talking to her from behind a bush. He begs her to give him her blanket as he has no clothes. She suggests she should go get her parents but he asks her for the blanket and promises he will explain.
He comes out from behind the bush and explains to the young girl, Clare that he is a time traveller. She asks him to prove it by telling her what is going to happen in the future. He tells her that her brother will fall out of a tree over the next weekend and she accepts this. She then asks him to visit her again the following week.
We then see a young woman in a library, asking for assistance. A woman tells her that Henry will help her and points her in the right direction. The young woman is overwhelmed. She claims to know Henry from before even though he can't remember her. We then realise that Henry is the time traveller and the young woman is infact Clare, the young girl he met before in the field. The pair go for dinner and she tries to explain to Henry how much she knows about him.
The pair embark upon a relationship but despite them being madly in love, everything is not as straight forward as they would have hoped. Henry is still time travelling, despite him wishing he wasn't and Clare never quite knows when he will return, will the couple be able to work through these issues or will it all prove to be too much?
I had huge expectations of this film. I had heard it was one of the best films of 2009 and therefore I was desperate to see it for myself. I am glad to say that I wasn't at all disappointed. I will admit that the first half an hour of the film left me wondering whether the film was going to live up to the claims, however after this the film really grew into itself and it provided a superb viewing experience.
I loved the idea of the film and I thought the plot was brilliant, about half an hour in the film began to get really interesting and I couldn't wait to see what would happen and how Henry would end up living his life.
The characters really made this film and the actors chosen to play the two main characters of Henry and Clare (Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams) were brilliantly suited to the roles. I adored the character of Clare and I really felt as if I knew her inside out. I could really understand how she felt and why she felt this way and I was desperate for her to be happy. Henry was a character who I felt really sorry for as he had no control over his life. It was obvious how much he adored Clare but he knew there was no way he would ever be able to give her a normal life, despite that being his one wish.
The acting in the film was superb. I saw the characters as characters only and never at any point did I think of them as the actors themselves. They made the characters their own and the chemistry between the two starring actors was absolutely brilliant. They really helped make the film what it was and made the plot of the film very realistic and believable.
After the first half an hour or so, there was never a dull moment in the film. It is quite a laid back film and it is not packed full of action however I felt that there was always something going on and there was always something interesting to focus on.
The film is extremely emotional. I found myself blubbing away on more than one occasion and to be honest it made me quite glad I didn't end up at the cinema to see it! I felt so in touch with the characters that I really wanted the best for them and due to the nature of the film there are obvious set backs which are upsetting to see.
The ending of the film was done brilliantly. I knew what I wanted the ending to involve but I wasn't sure if this was what was going to happen right up until the end. I was willing it to happen and thankfully it did as I believe any other ending would not have been anywhere near as good. The film was the perfect time in my opinion; it ran for 107 minutes and was not too long or too short.
As you can probably tell from my review I thought this film was absolutely brilliant. I was not too sure about the film during the first half an hour but the film then had a kick start and I thought it was outstanding. It was different to anything I had ever seen before and I loved watching what happened between the characters. The acting in the film was brilliant and the actors made the characters their own making the film believable and interesting. If you haven't already seen this then I would whole heartedly recommend it to you, regardless of your age or gender. I enjoyed this film so much I am going to order myself the book straight away as I'm sure this will be equally as good (if not better).
The time travellers wife is a film of an Audrey Niffeneggers book of the same title, the book was a bestseller, however, in my opinion I felt it was over-rated and was in truth a pretty standard rom-com, aside it had time travel involved in it as well.
So onto the film, the film is at its core very simple Claire a pretty young girl meets a naked man in her shrubbery in a large meadow behind her house. The man turns out to be Henry and he is around 35-40 when she first meets him, he tells her that he is a time traveller and has travelled in Claire's far future, as a means of proof he tells her that her brother will break his arm on the following Saturday, he then disappears.
For Claire, Henry then keeps turning up at the meadow and she leaves him a set of her father's clothes to put on because every time he travels he arrives in the past naked.
Henry is a time traveller; he can travel back and forwards in time but has no control over the when and where he travels. He is thin, good looking and played in the film by Eric Bana, he is a librarian at Chicago's central library. One day at the library he meets a girl in her mid twenties called Claire, Claire knows him but he does not know her as in his timeline he has yet to travel back to that meadow many years earlier. The girl Claire (Rachel McAdams) is of course gorgeous and makes it clear from the start that she wants to have sex with Henry, so the great romance begins.
From this point on the film becomes a bit predictable, Henry disappears at the wrong times, Claire gets upset with his travelling and soon tension develops between them. They do however get married and for me the funniest part of the film was when Henry disappears on the day of the wedding only to be replaced by an older version of himself.
The rest of the film comes together as a classic love story, the troubled man versus the virtuous women. How many love stories are set around this concept? We know from very early on that Henry is going to die and the film obviously uses that as an end of things, we know he will but not how.
This is in truth a fairly standard love story, the holes in the time travel storylines are of course ignored; there are instead lots of shots of Henry going along with normal life only to disappear with clattering of plates or crash of glass. Claire knows full well Henry's problems but manages to blame him for the impact it has on their lives, she is angry when he disappears for long periods, as a response we have some genetical nonsense which goes nowhere and a lot of meaningful glances when they are together.
Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams are well cast in their roles and work well together, there empathy and love flows through the storylines and manage to hold them together. The film follows the book fairly rigidly except for the end in which they omit certain rather unsavoury things which happen to Henry. The ending is rather glossed over in some ways, almost viewed as an abstraction rather than a central event. The concept of movement through time and Henry's life is subverted away from its initial why is this man so unique into a love story about a wayward man and a girl who loves him.
One contradiction has to be mentioned or at least discussed and that is the first meeting(s) between Claire and Henry. Claire and Henry meet for the first time in Henry's timeline at Chicago's central library where Claire tells Henry she's known him since she was a child 20 years or so ago. Henry then meets Claire and within a few days makes the first trip to meet her in the meadow, so is this a time paradox or would Henry have arrived at that meadow without meeting Claire at the library 20 or so years later? Don't know but its one to think about isn't it?
This is an enjoyable film of a complicated and tricky book, the writers, actors and directors have created a watchable if not sensible film which can be enjoyed if not understood.
There have been numerous films and books about time travel but seeing the focus on the one not travelling through time is refreshing. It is fascinating to see how the characters change throughout time and how Henry's Wife, Clare deals with her partner/husband disappearing at some of the most inappropriate times.
Rachel McAdams who plays Clare brings to life yet another different character. So different to the characters she portrays in Mean Girls and The Wedding Crashers. Her chemistry on screen with Eric Bana's character Henry is brilliant.
For anyone who thought Time Travel would be a gift I recommend watching this film to see the down side and how those around you would be affected. But despite all the down sides there is the most powerful part, love! No matter what life throws at you love will help you overcome it. (Ok I know that sounds soppy) but for any romantic out there this film is for you.
Normally, watching a film adapted from a book causes the mean me to come out, picking holes in the plot and the actor's version of my much loved characters but this...
The film begins as it continues, tragic and sad. It shows the first time Henry time travels as a young boy, which leads to a horrible consequence. While on the road he has time travelled to watching it, an older version of Henry, who is also time travelling, meets him.
After this, we are introduced to Clare and Henry's story. Starting from when Henry meets Clare for the first time, but it's not the first time she has met him. And so their love story begins. We see the hard points of Henry's condition, time travelling with no control over where or when he goes. The film also shows them meeting when Clare is a young child. Basically, it tells a beautiful story.
I can't fault the film at all. Even when compared to the book, I still think it is a fantastic film that has been adapted very well. Obviously, there is some deviance and omissions from the original story, but the crew have done a wonderful job of creating a very true version of it. The scenery, the script, everything has been done perfectly. It has brilliantly created the world of Clare and Henry.
The acting is equally good. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams give a great dynamic on the screen and utterly convincing action. They show Henry and Clare's relationship very well. Demonstrating the ups and downs impressively. In the last few scenes, this comes through in a big way. I can't fault the film at all.
Run Time: 103 minutes
Special Features: Two leads, director and screen writer tell the tale of The Time Traveller's Wife,
Price: £5.99 from amazon.
Eric Bana: Henry DeTamble, the main character, doomed with a condition where he is forced to time travel.
Rachel McAdams: Clare Abshire, Henry's love, who loyally waits for him, until he returns
Ron Livingston: Gomez, Clare's roommate and Henry's best friend.
Jane Mclean: Charrise, Gomez's girlfriend and Clare's friend.
Stephen Tobolowsky: Dr David Kendrick tries to help Henry with his condition.
This film is astounding, whether you've read the book or not, it's an old love story with a twist and deserves to be in any ones DVD collection!
After reading the book of The Time Traveler's Wife I was intrigued to see how the creators of this film would manage to translate it to film. Overall I think they did an admirable job with a very tricky task!
The film cuts out a lot of subplot and peripheral characters from the book to focus entirely on the main plot that is the love story between Henry DeTamble and Claire Abshire. The characters lose out slightly, because we only mainly see them interacting with each other and nobody else there isn't as much character development and they don't seem as three dimensional and real as they do in the book.
The actors, however, do a pretty good job with the material they have to work with. Although I normally find Eric Bana to be a very talented actor, here I think Rachel McAdams upstaged him. Particularly in the scenes where she was coping with fertility problems.
While I didn't find the film to be as emotionally engaging as the book, it is certainly worth taking the time to watch it, and if you enjoy it, take a trip to the library!
I was intrigued by this film since I saw the trailer in the cinema. Very clearly, it was going to be a chick flick of sorts, but the idea of a love story based around the much maligned premised of time travel seemed to grab my attention. Many have tried, and mostly failed to write time travel into a film, and you almost always spend much of the film scratching your head and trying to make sense of it. On finally viewing this, I have to say that I was as much baffled by it as anything else.
We are first introduced to Henry as a child when he witnesses the death of his mother in a car accident. Instantly, we also get to view an adult Henry as the two cross paths in an attempt for one to help the other. Bizarrely, when Henry meets Claire in a library years later, she recognises him, although he claims never to have met her before. As it transpires, Henry's unwitting time travel has placed him with Claire on many different occasions. Thus, their paths are intertwined for all time.
Henry and Claire eventually marry, and have a child, but pressure is put on the marriage by the disappearance and re-appearance of Henry, in his present guise and his older self. From here on in, things get very confusing, and any attempt at a poignant love story is throttled to death by the irritation that these such episodes muster. There is, sadly, no resolution of satisfaction for Henry, and much like Quantum Leap's Sam Beckett, he is thrust around in time with barely an explanation or a reason.
Perhaps in Audrey Niffenegger's (even her name is a conundrum) original novel, of which this is adapted from, things were explained out in the narrative to make sense. Here, nothing makes sense and poor Rachel McAdam is left standing around for much of the film looking eternally grateful for a snippet of time, eternally irritated by her plight, or eternally worn down by events that she seems to have little control over. Quite why she would marry him when he couldn't even make the wedding ceremony is anybody's guess. In time worn Hollywood fashion, she is potrayed as a weak woman who will do anything to keep her man.
McAdam does her best with the role, as she always does. She seems happy these days to lend her name to anything though. Eric Bana, forgiven for his most famous turn in the terrible Hulk film, is on better form, and gets most of the gusto in the story. Its all just a bit too tiresome and repetitive to really amount to anything though. Even the final resolution is a bit un-final. Whose to say that the lead character's former self wont just pop up to change things.
The film is fairly pleasant on the eye, but the CGI effects are predictable, and the film is merely tedious where it should be emotional. Even a production credit for Brad Pitt comes across as a touch of namedropping. Is Brad Pitt even in the production business, I've been seeing his name pop up left, right and centre recently, and on the evidence of this, perhaps he might stick to the day job.
I dont really know any of Robert Schwentke's other work, with the exception of Jodie Foster vehicle Flightplan. That was also unimaginably boring, despite having an interesting premise, and I think I'll avoid Schwentke's work wherever possible. At this rate, I'll also be avoiding Rachel McAdam, if she doesn't buck up and put herself in something watchable soon.
The film was released back in February on both DVD and blu-ray. I'm still not getting blu-ray, although every single film buff I know is swearing by it. I cant comment on that. However, the DVD collection is interesting enough for those of you who may enjoy the film. There is an interview with Rachel McAdam who discusses her involvement with the film and her love for the novel, as well as a mini-documentary about the making of the film. For me, the entire thing was a let down.
You can buy from amazon for £6.99, or buy a used copy for only a quid less. I wouldn't bother though - it'll be on the telly soon enough.
The Time Traveler's Wife stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams in the lead role. I found the title intriguing as it leads you to believe that we will get more insight into the normal life of the time traveler - the home side that you rarely venture into in sci-fi films. Unfortunatley this is not the case in this film. While it does focus on the relationship between these two charcacters throughout her lifespan, the end result goes too far and the sci-fi element is lost in all of the melodramatic romance. I hate to say it, but at some parts it feels like you're watching a Five afternoon made-for-TV film.
There is also a slight creepiness about the way Eric Bana's character travels back in time (without clothing) and interacts with a child version of his wife (of the future - Rachel McAdams). Some lose end's aren't tied up by the film either, leaving you with alot of unanswered questions - how did he?, but I thought? etc. The acting is great, with McAdams on fine form as the long suffering, but all loving wife.
My advice to anyone planning on seeing the film is to read the book before. This will give you a much clearer understanding of what's going on. Overall, if you enjoy your dramas sweet and full of a little tension and romance, this is for you.