Sunday, 6 September 2009

FILM SNAPSHOT: The Time Traveller's Wife

FLEETING LOVE: Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana in The Time Traveller's Wife

The Time Traveller’s Wife (New Line Cinema)
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston and Stephen Tobolowsky
Running Time: 1hr 48 mins

Tyrone’s Verdict: B-

Recalling Ghost and The Lake House, The Time Traveller’s Wife is a tale about love’s elusiveness told with tenderness and warmth. But while it has the makings of an effective romance, aspects are weighed down by specious narrative and sequencing.

Based on Audrey Niffenger’s bestselling novel about a love that transcends time, the film shares the story of Henry De Tamble (a reliable Eric Bana) who is madly in love with Clare Abshire (the talented Rachel McAdams). Trouble is, Henry is cursed with a genetic anomaly that causes him to teleport through time without warning. Consequently, his love affair with Clare suffers miserably.

Bana and McAdams throw themselves into the roles, determined to make the film a sweeping romance, and their performances are enjoyable. There are stirring moments and regular doses of humour, but Robert Scwentke’s decisions behind the camera do not always bear the sweetest fruit. But, on the upside, The Time Traveller’s Wife employs interesting plot devices and is an appropriate date movie for the love-sick chicks among us.

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