The Time Traveller’s Wife

Posted: November 19, 2009 in Movies

The premise is interesting. Henry, a man with a genetic disorder randomely travels through time for brief periods, before returning to his present. Naturally this complicates relationships which is what the story is about.

Henry has no control over his time traveling. Usually he’s only gone for a few minutes, but when he arrives he’s naked, as clothes don’t travel through time. Hence he always has to run and find clothes, getting into precarious situations along the way. Since the trips are so brief why couldn’t he have just stayed put a few times? (Also this could have fed the vanishing Hitchhiker urban legend but never did)

When he meets his wife Clare for the first time (for him) she’s already totally in love with him, as an older version of him visited her as a child many times in the past. It’s interesting but not executed well, and comes off as awkward and even laughable, as she pretty much throws herself at him. Never mind the awful subtext you can read into a naked man in the woods talking to a pre-teen girl.

Anyway they marry and have struggles with their relationship, bearing children, and hints of an impending death. One funny part is when he disappears on his wedding day, and an older Henry ends up going through the ceremony.

As much as Clare gushes over Henry, I didn’t have as much of a sense that Henry loved her back. There were some inconsistencies in it’s internal logic and the dialogue told us things that we should have just seen. A friend finds out Henry’s secret, which has no bearing on the plot. Great premise, poor execution. Might be the worst I saw this year, at least the most disappointing. 6/10

  1. Juanita says:

    I loved this movie!! 🙂

  2. jemurr says:

    What did you like about it?

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