The Time Traveler's Wife

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Time traveling is usually delivered via science fiction, but The Time Traveler’s Wife is a bittersweet love story full of conflict and contradictions. This film begins with a young boy disappearing during a car accident and follows with a naked man appearing in front of a 6 year old girl named Clare (Brooklyn Proulx) in a field behind her family’s house. (I know that sounds strange, but let me explain.) The boy, Henry Detamble (Eric Bana) is a time traveler who has a genetic condition called Chrono-Impairment that allows him to be snatched from one time period and inserted in another. Unfortunately, his clothes never make the trip with him, so whenever he reappears – he’s naked. (Why do I find that funny?) Eventually, Henry meets Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams); they fall in love and plan to be married. Of course the wedding day comes, and minutes before Henry is supposed to walk down the aisle he disappears, and when he reappears he’s 10 years older. (I’m thinking this could be a real problem on the honeymoon.) They’re very much in love but as you can guess the difficulties with disappearing at the drop of a hat and their inability to have a child puts a strain on their marriage. This film stretches the imagination with leaps in logic and huge plot holes. For example, how does someone who disappears without warning hold down a job without people noticing he’s missing? Not to mention, popping up heaven-knows-where without any clothes on. Fortunately, Eric Bana gives a fantastic performance and has fabulous on-screen chemistry with Rachel McAdams which conveys genuine feelings of love. Unlike the novel by Audrey Niffenegger, the film is constantly moving forward at a brisk pace and for the most part, stays in chronological order. This is one of those chick flicks that even the guys will enjoy and I’m giving it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
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