The Time Traveler's Wife: Movie Review - Reel Advice Movie Reviews

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife: Movie Review

We have said countless times before that you cannot really expect much from novels that are translated into movies. Most of the time, you will end up wishing that they should not have made the movie adaptation at all, especially if you are a huge fan of the novel. There is always the very big risk that certain parts of the novels that you liked will be scrapped out. Even worse, the people, the places and the things you imagined in the novel would be totally different in the big screen. However, we have huge expectations for this movie, particularly because the brilliant mind behind the movie Ghost, Bruce Rubin, is the writer. Also, we are both suckers for time travel movies so we just could not wait to see this one. Noteworthy too is the trailer which really sucks you in into watching this film. Click to see our take of the movie and if it is worthy to adapt Audrey Niffelneggers's novel with the same name, The Time Traveler's Wife.

Henry(Eric Bana) suffers a condition in his genes wherein he involuntarily travels through time, leaving his clothes behind and finds himself in a different place, at a different time. In his many travels, he appears so many times in the life of six year old Clare(Rachel McAdams). They both meet up again in their 20's. During this time, Henry does not know Clare, but Clare has been in love with him all her life. This is where their complex romance begins as they marry and Clare continuously finds herself alone and waiting for her husband. See if their love will be able to transcend through time.

"The Time Traveler’s Wife" is yet again another example of a failed attempt to translate a popular novel into a good film. In fact, this movie was so dragging that towards the end, they just seem to be just waiting for Henry to die. We were not also able to grasp the love story of Henry and Clare as we see that it seemed impossible for Henry to actually get his life together. Thus, all we can say is this film is a huge mess. There are times in which you will feel confused on who is on screen and what is really happening. Rachel McAdams is good in these type of romantic films but we are not exactly enthusiastic about Eric Bana’s acting and maybe that contributed a lot into why the film made itself into a huge flop. The movie was terribly frustrating for us because we felt that it had a lot of potential but with poor execution, it shot itself in the foot. People who are bored with this film may even wish that they themselves can travel back in time and choose another movie to watch instead.

Rating: 2.5 reels





Why you should watch it:
- if you love the novel and would want to see the movie adaptation no matter what
- if you love the type of films wherein time travel is involved

Why you shouldn’t watch it:
- terribly dragging and boring
- you might want to just read the novel. Period.


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3 comments:

  1. Thank you for the interesting review; the trailer looked pretty good for this one. I think I will skip it - maybe I will watch it on TV next year.

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  2. Hi Dain,

    Thanks for the compliment! Yup! We guess this one's either a rental or just a screener on HBO.

    Hope to hear from you again!

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