Reviews and Problems with The Time Traveler's Wife
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Movie overall 8
The Time Traveler's Wife
17 October 2013
Excerpt: "Lose yourself in timeless love with this gloriously romantic story of the journey of two hearts. Artist Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams of 'The Notebook') shares a deep emotional bond with Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana of 'The Other Boleyn Girl'), a handsome librarian who travels involuntarily through time.
Excerpt: Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) has perhaps the strangest genetic disease anyone ever made up; under the right blood-chemistry conditions his body will spontaneously leap through time and space against his will, leaving his loved ones behind to try and come to grips with the strange life he is forced to leave.
Excerpt: There are two opposing and competing elements of THE TIME TRAVELER?S WIFE; the love story between Henry and Clare (Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams) and Henry?s uncontrollable time travel. The work is really cut out for director Robert Schwentke as he tried to tie these two elements together to create an enjoyable film. We?ve seen time travel movies before and we?ve definitely seen love stories, but we?ve never even seen an attempt at combining them.
Excerpt: Movie audiences are strange beasts: pliable on principle, we will suspend disbelief on the briefest of pretenses. We will pay handsomely, in fact, to accept a world of homicidal robots, superhuman powers, or Woody Allen as a viable romantic option. But when it comes to time travel, our collective stickler intervenes: we want laws, we want the rules, we need to know exactly how this shit is going down.
Excerpt: Dear Rachel McAdams… err, Clare, This is being written to you as a request for information about your husband Eric Bana… err, Henry DeTamble (sorry). As recent information has come to light, including a book and a movie about his condition, some questions remain. For instance, you knowingly married this man who has a genetic condition and uncontrollably time travels against his will. Why then Mrs.
Excerpt: The Movie Based on the bestselling book by Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife is a curiously original fusion of genres, making both science fiction (there's time travel involved) and romance (somebody gets hitched) seem new again. Much has changed and been dropped on the way from book to screen, but the basic gist is that George (Eric Bana) has come unstuck in time, uncontrollably leaping between familiar times and places, even beyond the confines of his own...
Conclusion: In the end, The Time Traveler’s Wife was a decent film. It just had some difficulty getting off the ground early on. Looking back on those first 50 minutes, you will notice some ‘where is this going’ footage, sure, but also some content that does strongly tie in to the latter half of the film. The originality of the story definitely separates this movie from the pack as far as others in the love story genre are concerned.
Conclusion: The idea surrounding 'The Time Traveler's Wife' is preposterous, and hard to overlook. If you can get past that though, you'll find a well-acted drama trapped inside a time travel enigma. Inhabiting this Blu-ray are some fine video and audio presentations, but even with the above average video and audio, I can only suggest a rental for this title.
Excerpt: Clare has been in love with Henry her entire life. She believes they are destined to be together, even though she never knows when they will be separated: Henry is a time traveler - cursed with a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, skipping back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Despite the fact that Henry's travels force them apart with no warning, Clare desperately tries to build a life with her one true love.
Conclusion: The Time Traveler's Wife may appeal to those longing for romance in the vein of The Notebook , but others -- particularly time-travel genre junkies -- will be left with heavy-handed melodramatics that overpower Niffenegger's intriguing ideas. Setting aside its lackluster supplemental package, the Blu-ray edition is much better. Its video transfer is quite striking (artificial sharpening notwithstanding) and its DTS-HD Master Audio track is fit and faithful.