The Time Traveler’s Wife

May 14, 2012

Romance, Fantasy

Directed By: Robert Schwentke

Reviewed By: Taylor Cupp

Rated: 5 out of 5 Stars

     Henry DeTamble, played by Eric Bana, has a gene that not many people in the world have. This gene causes him to be a time traveler. But with this type of a gene mutation you can’t decide when and where you want to travel.  It just happens, instantaneously, and he has no control of stopping it. Another problem with being a time traveler is that when he disappears and travels, his clothes get left behind, which causes him to have to get in trouble while trying to find clothes.

The storyline starts when Henry was 5, driving in the car with his mother on Christmas eve, singing with his mother, when a truck swerves and hits them, head on. As soon as the truck hits the car Henry’s first experience with time traveling begins. He disappears but then reappears on the road, watching the crash, when an older him comes up and explains the idea of time traveling.  Once at his work, a girl, Claire, played by Rachel McAdams, comes up to him more enthusiastic than ever, claiming she knows about Henry and his traveling. It turns out that she met him when she was 6, he used to travel to her woods all the time, they’ve known each other for a long time and that they were always meant to be. After a few dates they start a relationship. But having a relationship with a time traveler isn’t always easy.  Henry always disappeared at the most important times.  Once married, Henry and Claire wanted to starts a family but with many miscarriages the doctor informed them that because the disorder is because of genes, any offspring they have could have it too. Can they ever have a normal life? Will this disorder cause too many issues?

     The Time Traveler’s Wife is a heart-wrenching story that is based on a novel. The novel was written by Audrey Wiffeneger in 2003 and was then developed into a movie in 2009. This movie takes your imagination to a whole new level.  It shows the societal issues of love, and loss.  The Time Traveler’s Wife does a great job of putting you in the movie, making you feel empathy for both Claire and Henry. I recommend this movie to anyone that are teens and up. Also anyone who likes romantic movies, but is looking for a different, new type of a romance movie.

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