The Time Traveler’s Wife is a movie that will break all the rules but in a good way. This movie will have you pondering which came first, the present, future or the past.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is the story of Henry, who discovers he is a time traveler only at the age of five, when he and his mother are in a car accident and he transports himself out of the car and has to ultimately watch his mother die. A part of him dies in that car that night and it shows in Eric Bana’s character as a grown up who still wears boy’s sneakers.
The story takes place in Chicago from the point of view of Henry’s present time. Which makes this interesting because of the title of the film and original book leading you to believe this will just be about the wife. He meets Claire (Rachel McAdams) as a young adult and she already knows him, but he doesn’t know her, because he hasn’t time traveled to see her at a younger age yet.
That’s part of the reason that keeps you thinking about the age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or in this case, the past or the future? See, there are times when his present self learns that when he is older, he will time travel to a certain time. Then when he is older and travels to that time, is it because he wanted to, or because he already knew about it and therefore had no choice?
This movie also seems to bend, if not break some ancient sci-fi movie rules when it comes to being a time traveler or a psychic or something omniscient. One of them I can’t tell you, it would ruin part of the film, but another component is that rule that when time traveling, “don’t ever let your future or past self see you,” it would disrupt time or make you go crazy or something like that. In this film, the first five minutes has Henry talking to Henry and it is so satisfying, as well as the other plot point that I can’t mention.
The director, Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) does an absolutely beautiful job at foreshadowing and lighting and the montages that help move the story forward. For as much as the movie jumps from past to present and so on, he makes sure to show it in a way that lets you know when in time he is. I am most impressed with this director’s vision come to life in this film. It simply made the movie feel like you were watching Henry’s life through a cloud.
I also want to make mention of some of the brilliant supporting actors that made this even better. First was Arliss Howard, who played Henry’s father, Richard DeTamble. He had a small part, but even with simple lines, he made the character come to life. Second and third were Tatum and Hailey McCann, who each play little Alba at different ages. They were so endearing, heartfelt and smart.
Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams did a wonderful portrayal as well. McAdams had tears in her eyes in the first scene and she had tears in mine, by the last. Their love for each other in this story is strong and they show it so easily on screen.
There were a couple of things left unanswered, it was predictable at times and the movie wasn’t perfect, but it was so enjoyable, most won’t even care. This movie is not just a chick flick, but will most definitely be loved more by women. Guys, take your girls to see this, they won’t be disappointed.
I give TTW 4 Uncle Rico’s time machine out of 5
by Angela Davis