By Karen Posada
Rated: PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality.
Release Date: 2009-08-14
Starring: Bruce Joel Rubin
Official Website: http://www.thetimetravelerswifemovie.com/
The Time Traveler’s Wife really tries to fly through time with a fast paced beginning. The love story will captivate you and may make you fight back your tears but the film loses its essence as the story unfolds.
The time traveler, Henry (Eric Bana) disappears into time because of a genetic anomaly which makes this film sort of sci-fi, since it is after all from a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin who wrote “Ghost”. He seems to want to recapture this story once again but fails at it. Clare (Rachel McAdams) has more of an imaginary friend at times than a husband in Henry; her side of the story keeps the film more grounded; we see an element of sadness and loneliness in her life because of Henry’s off and on appearances which we can relate to. The story just gets weirder and more surreal as the movie continues, which makes the story shaky.
The book which was very successful should not have come to life, at least not in the big screen. The film touches upon an interesting dilemma between whether our choices have been made for us or if we have free-will when dealing with the past/future. Henry is able to travel from the present to both the past and the future but it gets so complicated to the point that the main character is competing for his own wife with his old/young self.
Since the story is told by the way their romance unfolds, not by the passing of time, there is some sort of rhythm that one is able to follow. One thing that viewers can look forward to is a couple of nude scenes that are spread throughout the film. You may go and enjoy the romance of the story but don’t expect to get much out of it.