The Time traveler's Wife

"Excellent"

The Time traveler's Wife Review


Adapting Audrey Niffenegger's wonderfully complex novel to the screen can't have been easy, but Rubin (Ghost) has written a thoroughly engaging film. The heavy emotional tone makes it feel a bit girly, but it's still a terrific story.Henry (Bana) has time-travelled since the night his mother (Nolden) died in a car crash. He can't control his "trips", although he seems to go to places with an emotional resonance. When he first meets Clare (McAdams), she's in her 30s and has known him since she was 6 (Proulx). As a result of this paradox, their relationship develops very differently for each of them. Eventually they find friends (Livingston and McLean) who are in on Henry's condition. And a doctor (Tobolowsky) who may be able to help.Director Schwentke invests the film with a lush visual style that circles around the characters as they try to make sense of their life together. Subtle effects and clever editing work extremely well, even if Mychael Danna's music is a little too insistently weepy. And while the premise presents Henry's condition as something like epilepsy, the film can hardly help but start feeling like a terminal illness drama, as signs of impending tragedy start to appear.Bana is good in what's essentially a thankless role. The script doesn't offer him much personality beyond earnestness, so Bana plays him as a nice guy just trying to muddle through. Opposite him, McAdams is a wonderful breath of fresh air, really capturing Clare's steely resolve and quiet pain. Livingston and Tobolowsky are also extremely good in far too few scenes.There's definitely the sense that this film is edited down from a richer, more detailed novel. One problem is that Henry's ageing is far too subtle, so we're never quite sure which time he's travelling from (see Christopher Nolan's Memento or, better yet, Following, for how to do this well). And although we notice loose threads and missing scenes, the editors have done a remarkable job of making such a fragmented tale hold together both emotionally and logically.

And in the end, the film compellingly explores the nature of relationships while quietly moving us to all kinds of tears.



Facts and Figures

Genre: Romance

Run time: 107 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th August 2009

Box Office USA: $63.4M

Box Office Worldwide: $101.2M

Budget: $39M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: New Line Cinema, Plan B Entertainment, Nick Wechsler Productions, Internationale Scarena Filmproduktionsgesellschaft 2

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 37%
Fresh: 59 Rotten: 99

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer: Dede Gardner,

Starring: as Henry DeTamble, as Clare Abshire, as Annette DeTamble, as Richard DeTamble, as Gomez, Brian Bisson as Mark Abshire, as Alicia Abshire, as Lucille Abshire, as Philip Abshire, Alex Ferris as Henry at Six, Katherine Trowell as Hospital Receptionist, Bart Bedford as Library Researcher, Esther Jun as Waitress, Esther Jun as Chicago Police #1, Craig Snoyer as Chicago Police #2, as Clare, Carly Street as Librarian, Romyen Tangsubutra as Thai Waiter, as Clare at Six and Eight, Mario Tufino as Barber, Shawn Storer as Moving Man, David Talbot as Pastor, James Lafazanos as Jeremy (Gallery Owner), Dan Duran as Lottery Announcer, Kenner Ames as TV Sales Person, as Realtor, as Dr. Kendrick, Hailey McCann as Alba at Nine and Ten, Donald Carrier as Dr. Osman, Jan Caruana as Dr. Osman's Nurse, Jean Yoon as Dr. Montague, Tatum McCann as Alba at Four and Five, Duane Murray as Resident Doctor, Duane Murray as Hunting Buddy, Jon Bruno as Chicago Radio Show Host

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