Directed by Robert Schwentke, The Time Traveler’s Wife, starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, is a beautiful film that is sure to be a great date flick if you’re looking for a romance story with a twist. The film is based on the best-selling book by author Audrey Niffenegger, although it’s best to go into with a clear head because it does veer away from the novel.
The film has many great qualities that make it a solid film, but sadly it never reaches it’s full potential to be something extraordinary.
Check out the good, the bad and the plot below…
A Chicago librarian (Bana) suffers from a rare genetic disorder which causes him to be sent through time for unknown reasons and amounts of time. He attempts to build a stable future with a young girl (Rachel McAdams) who has known him since she was a child.
- The Tone: I’m so sick of films that don’t know what they are because they cross genres and leave you dazes and confused (and not in a good way). The Time Traveler’s wife has one solid dramatic tone throughout the entire film, which allows you to settle in and enjoy the film (assuming that what you want to see.)
- Well Adapted: No, it’s not the novel. It doesn’t have the time that the novel has and it’s confined by the restraints of a screen, but that being said, they accomplished a good film. Whether or not you have read the book you can enjoy the film because it stands on it’s own as a solid piece of work. If you have read the book, let it go, if you start knit-picking you’re not going to be happy, a lot has changed.
- Invested No Matter What: Without giving too much away, about half way through the movie, you realize along with the characters how the film is going to end and the question changes from “what till happen?” to “how will be get there?” Even with the ending known the intrigue of the story still keeps you interested.
- The Twists: I love the fact that all the normal cliches that you would assume with a time travel are turned upside down. For example (SPOILER AHEAD), when the two character first meet, she knows more about him than he does about her. One would assume that the time traveler who has visited her since she was a child would know such things, but instead nothing is what you would expect it to be.
- People’s Flaws: Both characters have flaws that at times make you frustrated, but in the end let you know that they are human. The point of this film is that they are real people in extraordinary circumstances, and the film does a good jobs of showing us both the reality and the supernatural.
- ADR Problems: Also known as “additional dialogue recording.” When they decide to add a line to a film or if for some reasons the actors microphones did not pick up a word here or there, the filmmakers do something called ADR. This can be helpful, but when done badly it’s extremely frustrating because the actors mouths don’t move with their lips. A film of this caliber shouldn’t have this problem, but there are a number of instances in the first 20 minutes that completely destroy the moment because of problems with the actors lips not moving when they’re saying words!
- The Bones: Rachel McAdams is a BEAUTIFUL woman and a wonderful actress, but she looks way too thin in this movie. I wouldn’t even mention is, but four people that I ran into after the movie all commented on it and it was enough to take you out of the moment. I can’t wait to see McAdams act and eat more.
- Bit Cheesy: At the bottom of it all, it’s a love story and although it did have me in tears, it had its cheesy moments. Luckily, the pay off was enough for me to forgive it, but beware, it is there.
I enjoyed the film, it was beautiful to watch, the acting well solid, it had me invested in the characters, and I did shed a number of tears for it, but for one reason or another, it just left me feeling blasé. Nothing about it made me feel like this was the only film of it’s kind. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t like it more other than the fact that it just left me lukewarm and like I just saw another good, but not great, romantic film.
Check out the film in theaters August 14th!