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The Time Traveler's Wife (DVD)
Member Name: Julie449
The Time Traveler's Wife (DVD)
Advantages: Romantic, Heartbreaking yet beautiful
Disadvantages: Not as good as the book, and takes a while to get into.
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.
Summary: Not as good as the book, but still worth a watch