The Time Traveler's Wife
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Time Traveler's Wife, The (BD)
Lose yourself in timeless love with this gloriously romantic story of the journey of two hearts. Artist Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams of The Notebook) shares a deep emotional bond with Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana of The Other Boleyn Girl), a handsome librarian who travels involuntarily through time. Knowing they can be separated without warning, Clare and Henry treasure the moments they have together, imbuing them with the yearning and passion of two people imprisoned by time…and set free by love. Based on the #1 bestseller, The Time Traveler’s Wife weaves together destiny and devotion, past and future to turn an extraordinary love into an extraordinary love story.]]>
Love Beyond Words: Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, director Robert Schwentke, and screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin recount this popular tale's journey
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The film is by Robert Schwentke, a well respected film maker, and well known. In two hours he tells the story of Henry and Clare. Clare is played by Rachel McAdams, who has prepared this role with an Oscar level proffesionalism. Henry is played by Australian actor (with a flawless American accent) Eric Bana. At age six, Henry survives a car accident that kills his mother. It also triggers a neurological malfunction which causes him to jump time-only within the span of his life- with no warning and no control. He meets and falls in love with Clare. Though because her time is linear and his is not, an already deeply in love Clare sees Henry in a library and overwhelms him with the thrill of finally seeing him. She knows him because he has been visiting her since she was six, helping to guide her, so she is ready and waiting for him. Henry knows things about their future and tries his best to protect Clare, but Henry's life is hard and frustrating, always anxious to get back to her. The editing, make-up and acting through their wedding is remarkable. In that one day we see Henry as young as 23 and as old as 41. When Henry goes, leaving Clare to wait, sometimes for years, his clothing remains behind, losing shape and weeping to the floor. It's a visual that beautifully reflects the let down that Clare feels. Henry appears, naked, at another time, in all kinds of weather, immediately facing the challenges of being an outlaw.
When they have a child (who has inherited this genetic code but has more control over it) Henry takes her aside and quietly tea hes her to cope- from lock picking to how to learn WHEN she is. No more details are needed except to tell you this is a story about the challenges involved in a relationship. There are both disadvantages and advantages to this malady and they are explored without taking away from the purpose of the film: love.
Some may call this a "date movie" but their eye isn't as good as mine. There are details to this film that put it on a level far above a "chick flick" or a "sci-fi geek" film, despite having elements of both.
The film score by Mychael Danna, is glorified in the hands of Nicholas Dodd, who did the orchestrations and conducted. The music is used to maintain a thread of story line when Henry jumps from 1987 to 2002; then musical idony and foreshadowing is clever and abundant. Again, many won't notice the music.
An autumn pasture is an integral setting and the colors of that set are used through the film, like a painting.
This is a subtle film and well made so the millions of remarkable details blend together to wash over us and gently lead us along with the story. It works: at no time do we wonder, "How did they DO that?" or, "Great make up cause three seconds ago he had no gray hair and wasbclean shaven". Nothing is overdone so nothing breaks the spell.
Is this a remarkable piece of art? No. But we don't always want to see "The Hours" or "Silence of The Lambs" or "Sophie's Choice." Sometimes we want to be able to converse without a lump in the throat or a recurring image of a dry well in a basement. Buy the film. You do need to seek out the details and enjot the discoveries that multiple viewings will bring.