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Movie Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

Alternate Title: Frequent Flier

Story: The idea of time travel far exceeds going to an airport and being subject to one indignity after the next. This entertaining film directed by Robert Schwentke and written by Bruce Joel Rubin was based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger.

I did not read the book but wanted to spend two hours in a great escape and this movie did not disappoint. Our time traveler Henry wanders, without control, within a 40 year time continuum. Along the way he meets Clare, at all stages of her life. They do connect at an age appropriate time and that is the heart of the film.

Their fantasy romance has plenty of chemistry therefore allowing us to care about them. Some of the nitty gritty of time travel is quite humorous (he always arrives at his new destination naked) and often he does not meet up with Clare at the same age as when he last left.

Needless to say, this is not a linear told story and if you can ride the wavelength of this story without too many questions it is a delightful use of your time. Carpe diem.


Acting: Rachel McAdams as Clare, is very lovely but for half of the film I thought she was Jennifer Garner. Eric Bana as Henry is always earnest regardless of whether he is playing the Hulk or an impassioned Israeli in Munich. Arliss Howard as Richard DeTamble, Henry's father did not have much to do. Ron Livingston as Gomez, Henry's friend, was a fine comic relief. Stephen Tobolowsky as the geneticist Dr. David Kendrick was good as was young Clare, Brooklynn Proulx.

Trivia: Eric Bana has said that Sam Elliott and Nick Nolte are two of his favorite actors, and got to work with both in Hulk (2003). No fewer than three of his theatrical films are remakes of, or share the same source material with, a television movie. The Incredible Hulk comic book series was filmed as the television movie and series "The Incredible Hulk" (1978), and the theatrical film Hulk (2003). Homer's Iliad was filmed as Helen of Troy on television, and the theatrical film Troy. George Jonas's book Vengeance was filmed for television as Sword of Gideon (1986) (TV), then remade by Steven Spielberg as Munich (2005). Rachel McAdams doesn't own a car. As part of her daily contribution to help conserve energy, she rides her bike or takes the bus. She is co-founder of www.greenissexy.org, a website which helps raise awareness about the environment. Auditioned for the role of Sophie for the musical Mamma Mia! (2008) but lost out to actress Amanda Seyfried. Seyfried had lost out to McAdams previously for the role of Regina when they both co-starred in Mean Girls (2004).

Predilection: I like the idea of time travel.

Critters: Deer or maybe an elk

Food: Bacon and eggs, a noodle dish and a beautiful turkey.

Sex Spectrum: Lots of hugging, kissing and cuddling.

Blatant Product Placement: Coca Cola

Opening Titles: The film opens with no titles. All credits are at the end.

Theater Audience: About 20 other people and no one left either willingly or unwillingly.

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 2

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift for fear of time traveling and losing the plot.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: I got a little teary towards the end.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine. Wikipedia has a list of 151 other time traveling films. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Time_travel_films

Length: Under two hours.