Monday, August 17, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife

I went to this movie hoping the critics were wrong. My hopes were soon dashed. The premise of the movie and the book it is based on are good. The general idea of a man with a genetic disorder who involuntarily travels through time to the most important times in his life. What I can't understand is how or why? How, if he honestly can't control this disorder does he make sure to show up at just the right moment just a little bit older. For example, as he disappears while getting dressed for his wedding, not to worry an older looking gray-haired version of himself shows up to see his bride walk confused but happily down the aisle. If he can control it that much to make sure he is there at his wedding and then the younger version who should have been there for the wedding shows up at the reception, again, at just the right moment. Like the poster, this movie is topsy-turvy. I was so confused trying to keep up with all the time traveling and therefore the story line. The Henry that shows up to foreshadow his death for all of 10 seconds in front of his wife and his younger self was just down right annoying. He states throughout the entire movie that no matter how much he "travels," he can never change the past or the future and is sure not to spill the beans to ruin the future. So, the gist is, the whole time I was sitting there going what on Earth is happening? Wait if he can make sure he's there for his wedding then why can't he control where he goes. I want to give this the benefit of the doubt and hope that the book is more clear and less confusing than this movie. Rachel McAdams is very good in this movie, as she always is, and so is Eric Bana although his age transformations are not that convincing. When he is supposed to be in his early twenties he still looks like he's in his 30s and the only way to tell is one small gray streak in his hair. I don't know if I would say "I Do" to this movie, at least the movie on the "big" screen. Wait for the DVD and see if the deleted scenes make anything more clear. If not, read the book and hope that clears things up, but if that doesn't do it, be ready to stay confused because if you aren't when you walk out of this movie then you are much quicker than me. If this is the case please comment and explain.

This movie gets **1/2 stars love Rachel McAdams as always and Eric Bana does well at hiding his accent but not his age. Rent it don't buy a movie ticket. It was something to do on a lonely boring Saturday night otherwise I just might have skipped it.

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