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The Time Traveler's Wife

A 2009 movie directed by Robert Schwentke.

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Excellent Adaptation of the Niffenger Novel to the Big Screen!

  • Jul 3, 2010
Having read the book first I must admit that this movie does an excellent job of taking all the relevent aspects of the book and adapting it for the movie.

We have a time traveler, Henry, (played by Eric Bana) who can go back in time many times to the same place and event without disrupting history.  The first time we see him, he is a small child in a car driven by his mother.  The car is about to crash when Henry is transported, then he returns to the same area by outside the car.  He witnesses his mother's death as she crashes the car. He is immediately met by an adult version of himself who tells him not to worry and that everything will work out alright.

Henry is a new breed of human, who, without warning,  transports into the past (sometimes to the future).  Each time he arrives naked with no knowledge of where he is.  He then needs to get clothing and money anyway he can.  This makes him learn a kind of life of crime from pick pocketing to breaking into stores to get what he needs.


Henry is at a library when he meets Clare (Rachel McAdams).  Clare seems to know him well but Henry has no recollection of meeting Clare.  It turns out that future versions of Henry have continually jumped into the past and have been meeting Clare since she was 6.  Clare kind of knows she is destined to marry Henry.  They form an interesting relationship because Clare has to now deal with a very different Henry (because he doesn't know her yet).  The Henry that she knew wouldn't tell her anything about his childhood (fearing that she may try to seek out his younger self).  This Henry is willing to share all details of his life.  The Henry that she knew seemed to know all her likes and dislikes, while this Henry has to learn everything.


Eventually, Henry will reach the age where he starts jumping to Clare's past and then the current day Clare can come full circle with Henry and their memories together.


There is also the question of whether offspring of Henry will have his powers.  I really liked this movie a lot and even though I knew the storyline going in, it did not detract from this well made film.  Henry is faced with a lot of moral dilemas and generally he cannot change anything that he knows will be.  Bana and McAdams have excellent chemistry together and I think this movie will appeal to all.

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July 04, 2010
When I saw the trailers for this, I was reminded of the cancelled series called JOURNEYMAN. I'll have to give this a look, I love time-travel films though admittedly, most aren't perfect. Thank you for the reminder!
July 04, 2010
This one is actually quite good. Most films that deal with time travel become too complicated for the filmmakers and writers thus resulting in paradoxes, but this film surprisingly avoids them altogether and has a unique human dramatic side too.
July 05, 2010
Ok, I'll take you guys' word for it. I'll buy it tomorrow.
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review by . September 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   I did not read the book and I knew next to nothing about the film plot when sitting down to view this film. But I'd heard the title a thousand times and thought it sounded interesting. I tend to multi-task when I watch films at home so this movie viewing session was not an exception. About 20 minutes into the film I asked my husband if folding laundry was keeping me from getting what was going on. He said that the movie was confusing and laundry folding was not the problem.   …
Quick Tip by . September 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Pretty well structured film about love, time travel, romance and the theme of commitment. This is more a story about relationships, trust and faith in each other; isn't exactly a sci-fi film, but more of a slice of life and how we cope and make the best of opportunities and problems. McAdams and Bana make beautiful chemistry together. Indeed worth a watch and an excellent romantic drama for all "time".       
review by . February 11, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is a diversion. At times what works well in a novel doesn't translate to the screen: the magic of the reader's imagination can be more powerful than the visualization of a screenwriter and director. Such is the case of Audrey Niffenegger's novel - an escape into a world of the unknown (time traveling) that played well on the page largely due to the writing skill of the author. Bruce Joel Rubin's screenplay makes a mighty attempt to make visual the imaginary magic of the …
review by . August 18, 2009
Based on a novel by Audrey Niffenegger, this sci-fi/romance/drama movie explores the problems a couple experiences when one of them (Henry, played excellently by Eric Bana) disappears without warning for varying periods of time, while Claire (the radiant Rachel McAdams) deals with life and waits for his return.       The thing is, not only is Henry gone, but he's also gone in time, and the Henry that returns may not be the same age as the Henry who left. To compound it, he has …
review by . April 06, 2010
Some of the best movies occur when you blend multiple genres together. For example, Star Wars is not really purely sci-fi, but a blend of sci-fi, western, adventure, and drama. Likewise, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are a blend of fantasy, action, romance, suspense and comedy. This is also the case with The Time Traveler's Wife. Part romance, part drama and part suspense, and overlaid on a fantasy context; this is another great movie based on a book. The plot is simple enough; Eric Bana plays …
Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
Watched this on the flight. It's interesting how the guy always comes back naked! Unique story, another one of those time travel stories!
Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
A very solid adaption with some interesting twists, good performances, and well though-out screenplay.
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The Time Traveler's Wife is a 2009 film based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel of the same name. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

Filming began in September 2007, originally in anticipation of a fall 2008 release. The film's release was postponed with initially no official explanation from the studio. McAdams later noted that the delay was due to reshoots that could not be completed until the season at their outdoor location matched previously filmed footage, and Bana had regrown his hair following his work on the 2009 film Star Trek The film was released in theaters on August 14, 2009.

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Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: August 14, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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