“The Time Traveler’s Wife” a Good Paradox

Genres: Drama, Romance and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Release Date: August 14th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

JJ Rating: B

Henry (Eric Bana) jumps through time and it’s unknown as to why he does it, but he does. He ends up meeting (several times) Clare (Rachel McAdams) and they fall for one another. The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Dating a person who travels through time would be exotic in a way. You would essentially get to know them throughout their life quite possibly through a span of a single month. It’s rather interesting position one would be in. But you’d also be without them for spans of time as well.

I imagine that the book is far more emotional than the movie and most of the time that goes without saying. I read The Kite Runner and saw the movie and they were both equally emotional. The only massive difference was how much more painful it was to read what happened. I felt emotion when I watched The Time Traveler’s Wife but it was not strong enough to move me. Problem?

Yes. But I do not know totally what that problem would be. I chalk it up to me being a male and not being moved the same as females. I really cannot see another reason. To me the story was a tad slow, but I do not see that as a reason why it was not emotional. One could blame the acting as a reason but I cannot because Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams are great actors and they both do a fantastic job. The writing was not terrible and the story was good. I just did not feel that emotional pull.

What I really liked, aside from the acting and the great chemistry between McAdams and Bana, was how they did the time shifts. The CGI work on that was pretty awesome and adds to the emotional touch. The make-up also added to the time jumping showing aging of Bana. They never specified by dates where they were. It was based on how things looked in the scene as well as the actor’s age. I liked that. There were humorous moments that dealt with him jumping ahead or back. Sometimes he was competing with himself for the same girl. It was attention to detail that one could tell where and when they story was. How the timelines cross and how important certain aspects of the jumping were was all good. The story also made enough sense as to where he jumped and how things ended. Everything was practically important and they were clues as to what was going on or what was going to happen.

I am a big Sci-Fi person. I love Star Trek. I have seen several ways time travel has been handled, but this movie has caused me confusion. It creates, to me, a paradox on how he met her. One’s mind would explode if someone decided to sit down and think about how that was even remotely possible within context. I am very good at suspending disbelief based on the world the story creates. So this infraction doesn’t really bother me it was just something I thought about and couldn’t come up with a decent answer. It has that chicken and the egg nagging feeling.

This is another romantic story that does not have a happy ending. It has a somber ending. I think the idea was that pausing and slowness would add to the emotional depth of the film. To me that takes away from the film (as you can see I’ve thought about this since the beginning of the review) and it makes me become bored. If there is one thing I wish would have changed it would have been the pacing of The Time Traveler’s Wife.

I scan reviews made by those big shots via Yahoo’s excerpts and they are almost all lame this go around. Some are even clichéd with their “witty” ideas as to why people should not see the film incorporating the title of the film in it. How clever. It’s insulting to a reader’s intelligence to be so lame. If you want to gauge how good it was then it was better than what critics are stating and it’s less great as some moviegoers are stating. It is not a terrible film and it is not a fantastic film. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a good film. It provides entertainment and toys with some emotion here and there and it is oddly comforting to watch and will bring up an interesting argument about what is and isn’t cheating. Trust me.

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