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“The Time Traveler's Wife” — (Bullz-Eye Movie Review)

August 14, 2009


I come from the near future with an important message: It’s not in any way essential that you see “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” but if someone you like a lot wants to see it, it won’t kill you to watch it and you might actually like it a little.

Based on the very successful 2003 bestseller by Audrey Niffenegger, this science-fantasy tearjerker is the story of Henry (Eric Bana), a research librarian cursed with a really, really, really rare genetic condition which makes him randomly travel through time, mostly at important points in his own life or the lives of those closest to him. That’s the bad news. The worse news is that only his body makes the chronological jump, so wherever he goes, he goes naked. The even worse news is that he lives in Chicago, so if the cold doesn’t kill him, the people he is forced to steal clothing from might. The worst news of all is that, for whatever reason (probably just to keep the story from turning into “The Terminator Finds Love”), he’s unable to prevent such personal tragedies as the accidental death of his mother (the excellent Michelle Nolden).  Also, while he occasionally encounters slightly older versions of himself, he’s never confronted by a naked and elderly Henry, which would be as reassuring as it would be weird.

On the plus side, he accidentally creates a very strange dating opportunity for himself when he starts popping up in the garden of Clare (Brooklynn Proulx), a young girl from a well-off family who naturally falls in love with the handsome occasional visitor who keeps hiding in the shrubbery. About ten minutes into the film, the grown-up Clare (Rachel McAdams) finds him and, even though he doesn’t remember her yet (the visits start later in his life), she all but forces him into bed and a marriage soon follows.  Relationships are hard, however, especially when one partner frequently disappears only to reappears minutes, days, or weeks later and often in need of some first aid. And, then there’s the very painful question of how to have children with a man whose genetic affliction means that his progeny are likely to time travel out of the womb.



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