The Time Traveller's Wife

  • Year:2009
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Robert Schwentke
  • Cast:Eric Bana, Arliss Howard, Ron Livingston, Rachel McAdams
  • Release Date:November 05, 2009
  • Distributor:Roadshow
  • Running time:107 minutes
  • Film Worth:$9.50
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The leads are likeable but the compression of the novel to film doesn’t satisfy the passionate love at the heart of the story.

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With their ready-made fan bases and great storylines, it's easy to see why Hollywood likes to turn popular novels into big screen blockbusters. Sometimes the results are better than expected, but often the film fails to live up to the book. This is unfortunately the case with Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveller's Wife.

Henry (Eric Bana) has a bit of a problem - a time travelling problem. Thanks to a genetic disorder, Henry disappears into another time and place without warning, and without any clothes. While in his thirties, Henry travels to a meadow where six-year-old Clare lives, who promises to leave clothes for him if he visits again. He does, several times, and eventually Clare falls in love with him. Years later, when a grown-up Clare (Rachel McAdams) meets a non-time travelling twenty-something Henry, she has known him her whole life, but he has never met her. As you can imagine, their subsequent relationship is put to the test by Henry's frequent time travels - marriage can be hard enough without your husband disappearing into thin air all of a sudden!

This illogical plot is much easier to digest in book form, where you have time to absorb the complications, and in the process of condensing the 500 pages into 107 minutes, much has been lost. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams are very likeable on screen, and have pleasant chemistry together, but fail to truly deliver the all-consuming, fiery love described in the novel. The Time Traveller's Wife makes for an enjoyable enough movie experience, if all you are after is a few tears, a nice romance and a frequently naked Eric Bana; but viewers unfamiliar with the novel will get lost in the detail, and might be left wondering what all the fuss was about.

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