The Time Traveler's Wife (12A)

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Romance

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Tue Aug 11 2009

Eric Bana stars in this no-heartstring-left-unmolested adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s bestselling book about a gentleman cursed with the ability to slip randomly through the decades. This nasty habit of disappearing willy-nilly between past, present and future doesn’t stop him from hooking up with his soulmate (Rachel McAdams), whom he first meets as a six-year-old girl and eventually marries. In between her delivery of exposition-chunky dialogue and his various post-travelling reappearances in the buff (Bana fans: there will be buns), audiences are given ample opportunities to swoon over a romance that defies eras, age ranges and every semblance of narrative logic.

That the actors can pull off such Oprah-friendly, sci-fi-inflected sap and keep straight faces is the most fantastic thing about this loopy love story. Granted, they’re in familiar territory – Bana has already played sexy, sensitive and saddled with inconvenient superpowers in ‘Hulk’, while McAdams perfected her achy-breaky bona fides in ‘The Notebook’ – and neither seems genetically capable of giving a dull performance. But they’re only human, and mere mortals can’t salvage a Möbius striptease that’s overly dependent on keeping you slack-jawed by its cleverness. Your tolerance for Hallmark-card sentimentality, meanwhile, will have been tapped dry long before the clock runs out.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Aug 14, 2009

Duration:

107 mins

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ZodKneelsFirst

Read the book. It's a pretty intelligent and thought provoking exploration of love, ageing and loss. his utter crap, on the other hand, totally misses the point of the novel, transforming it into the most idiotic, plot driven pile of Mills and Boon cack I've seen since the laughable bullshit of Billy Elliott. The start is not what the author intended. The ending certainly isn't what the author intended. The script is utterly moronic, the acting is appalling even given the dialogue they have to cope with, and the whole thing is glossed over with music and photography calculated to have every tragic cat lady in the dumbest parts of America salivating into her TV dinner. Everyone involved in this should be ashamed.

wvanm

Perhaps it is about the place/space you are in when you see a movie. Contrary to the reviewers opinion I really enjoyed this movie. Fantasy can take you places and connect you with your current experience. Cheers and thanks for the forum.

Paul

I read the book a year or so back and couldn't put it down, so when I heard that the film had come out I couldn't wait to see it. It follows the book pretty well. Quite simply, the film went immediately into my top 10 filma of all time. I was mesmerized, and was crying uncontrollably by the end! I would suggest reading the book before seeing the film to get an idea of what to expect. Some critics knock it, but I just say hats off to Brad Pitt for a truly memorable, highly emotive, thoroughly thoughtf-provoking film! Go and see it!!!

Paul

I read the book a year or so back and couldn't put it down, so when I heard that the film had come out I couldn't wait to see it. It follows the book pretty well. Quite simply, the film went immediately into my top 10 filma of all time. I was mesmerized, and was crying uncontrollably by the end! I would suggest reading the book before seeing the film to get an idea of what to expect. Some critics knock it, but I just say hats off to Brad Pitt for a truly memorable, highly emotive, thoroughly thoughtf-provoking film! Go and see it!!!

Leena

I have seen this movie in the theaters when it first came out. I was really glad I had gone. I loved it, it was inspirational, and sad. I read the book after I had seen it. The book is really different but it still was really good. I cried when I saw the movie and when I read the book. I gave this five stars. If recommend this to any girl who saw and read the Notebook and love stories like them.

Leena

I have seen this movie in the theaters when it first came out. I was really glad I had gone. I loved it, it was inspirational, and sad. I read the book after I had seen it. The book is really different but it still was really good. I cried when I saw the movie and when I read the book. I gave this five stars. If recommend this to any girl who saw and read the Notebook and love stories like them.

Annette Williams

Have not read the book, but, from what people have said its a good read. I found the film boring and so much more could have been done with the story, felt there were too many un answered questions, very dissapointing

Beccy

I have not yet seen the film but adore the book. The book is amazing so anyone unimpressed by the film or enjoyed the film should definately enjoy this great read. I'm going to go see it just to see how the story was reccreated; I wish I had not read the reviews as they do not inspire me with confidence; but it sounds as though the tyime out reviewer couldn't even be bothered to read the book before seeing the film, very lazy and poor effort.

Beccy

I have not yet seen the film but adore the book. The book is amazing so anyone unimpressed by the film or enjoyed the film should definately enjoy this great read. I'm going to go see it just to see how the story was reccreated; I wish I had not read the reviews as they do not inspire me with confidence; but it sounds as though the tyime out reviewer couldn't even be bothered to read the book before seeing the film, very lazy and poor effort.

Jamie

I went with my mum who had read the book and I have not. We both loved it, I was wary of it being over-sentimental and too simplistic about the time travel but I think everything was in perfect measure, well acted, well written and the director executed a perfect mix of tragic love story with sci-fi whilst exploring interesting concepts about identity and memory. The Time Out reviewer sounds to me like a hardened cynic who needs to fall in love

Gobinder

One of the most tedious, boring films I have sat through for a long time. Utterly charmless and so so dull!

GS

Thia ia one of the worst films i have seen in a long time. Utterly without charm,rubbish plot and very very boring! Just about managed to sit through the tedium.

Karen

Loved the film. Any adaptation from book to movie is difficult but this was a seriously good effort. Great casting. Chick flick heaven, ended up crying and I'll definitley buy the DVD.

Karen

Loved the film. Any adaptation from book to movie is difficult but this was a seriously good effort. Great casting. Chick flick heaven, ended up crying and I'll definitley buy the DVD.

Hannah

I disagree with the Time Out film reviewer. I loved this film and am looking out for the book. I don't think it was at all predictable and there where some things I did not know where going to happen. Obviously if you have read the book you would know what happens as it is based on that and you would expect things but that doesn't mean it is obvious. I think this is a very moving and I actually cried at the end because I found it so moving. People may think I am strange but I don;t care what they say. I loved this film and would definetely see it again. One of the best I have seen this year

Hannah

I disagree with the Time Out film reviewer. I loved this film and am looking out for the book. I don't think it was at all predictable and there where some things I did not know where going to happen. Obviously if you have read the book you would know what happens as it is based on that and you would expect things but that doesn't mean it is obvious. I think this is a very moving and I actually cried at the end because I found it so moving. People may think I am strange but I don;t care what they say. I loved this film and would definetely see it again. One of the best I have seen this year

Matt

This was a very reasonable film. I went with three girls to see it and they blubbed loads. It didn't make me cry (unlike My Sister's Keeper, which I gave 4 stars), but I had to consciously hold back the tears (because I was watching it with girls). The Time Traveller's Wife is a bit predictable in places and it doesn't really pack a huge punch or have very much particularly interesting to say, and the idea of a naked man in the bushes talking to a six year old girl who's going to be his future wife is a bit dodgy to say the least, but it's a reasonably entertaining film and well worth a trip to the cinema.

Jenny

I really wanted to disagree with the Time Out critic as I loved the book and thought perhaps the review was a tad on the cynical side, but am forced to agree. Admittedly this was a very difficult book to adapt for the screen, but it didn't work for me. I burst out laughing at the end at what was clearly meant to be the most touching, dramatic moment... Another thing - why didn't Clare bother getting a pair of shoelaces for the brown brogues? Just a thought....

Jenny

Loved the book and was hoping the TIme Out Reviewer was being over cynical, but have to agree with the two star rating. Pretty dire and I actually burst out laughing at the end at what was meant to be the most dramatic, heartbreaking moment. I admit it must have been very difficult to adapt from the book, but it just didn't work for me. And why didn't Clare bother to get a pair of shoelaces for the brown brogues? Just a thought...

Rachel

I went to see the film today and people have called it predictable. I don't think it was. I think it was original and a great film. It showed true love that they had to fight for. It touched my heart.

flix

More could have been made of the time Brooklyn Proulx, Clare (the wife) at six, lit up the cinema screen - charmingly she rescued a fairly flat movie. And, er... why can't time travel occur with with yer clothes on?

Sarah

I really liked this film! This is a great adaptation of the popular novel by Audrey Niffenegger. Can't believe Time Out's gave it only 2 stars. Go see it - you won't be disappointed.

Rustom

I can't understand how you TimeOut critics rate the bloody awful GI JOE flick with three stars, and this movie with two stars. Yes, it aims to be emotional, and I think it quite succeeds. The sci-fi traveling bit isn't meant to be taken literally. It's about memories, about a person's desire to revisit those moments in life that are special to him--what I particularly liked was the fact that this time traveler isn't a Doctor Who, popping into a Sardis and having a bunch of gun-toting adventures with Egyptians or aliens or whatever. He only travels to places that are important to him on a personal and emotional level, and he doesn't travel voluntarily. There's something quite Proustian about that. But I guess TimeOut, with its indubitable taste, prefers watching men in accelerator suits crunching up most of Paris. Oh well.

Nigel

Shhessh. Obvious and predictable, the story makes a series of plot developments that are so obvoius and then ticked off until you get o the utterly inevitable ending(s). And, it's all so 'sensitive' and Hallmark that it's hopeless. Good short story material - but in this film just too little in too long.