The Time Traveler’s Wife
Kiss me, you fool!

Theatrical Release Date: 08/14/2009
Director: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Jane McLean, Ron Livingston, Stephen Tobolowsky, Alex Ferris, Brooklyn Proulx, Hailey McCann, Tatum McCann

Before I even begin this review let me preface it with two important points. First, this is a romantic movie … a classic “chick flick”. Now I know that our readers are in fact brilliant and more than likely gathered this point from the trailers, but just in case you have been warned. Second, I have never read the book, so this review will not contain comparisons to its literary counterpart or complaints about its adaptation.

Love is an amazingly complex and wonderful adventure, especially when you’re married to Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) a time traveling Prince Charming. What would you do to be with the ones you love? How long would you wait to be with your soul mate?

This movie spans the lives of Henry and Clare (Rachel McAdams), some 30-40 years, which can be cinematically tricky. Luckily, this film was superbly cast with child actors (Alex Ferris and Brooklynn Proulx) that really resemble their adult counterparts, but the major coupe was really the casting of sisters, Hailey and Tatum McCann, as Alba. These girls look so much alike; they could almost be identical twins, with the exception that Tatum is quite a bit shorter than her older sister. The physical changes of the adult characters were more subtle, yet they were still convincingly transformed to range from ages 18 to 40.

The disappearing special effect of Henry’s time traveling is awesome, oddly romantic, and incredibly beautiful. Okay, I’m a girl … I know, but the effect was cool and let’s face it Bana is super easy on the eyes. Ladies if you are seeing this movie with your honey, try not to gasp audibly; you don’t want to make your man feel inadequate. Gentlemen if you got lassoed into going, you will be rewarded with one brief, yet glorious butt shot.

The overall plot is interwoven with both highs and lows, taking the audience on an intricate journey through a timeless love and friendship as well as the impact of time traveling on a marriage. This movie made me laugh and cry … it made me think and feel, but most importantly it made time just fly by. I’m giving “The Time Traveler’s Wife” a 4 out of 5 and I truly believe that it is destined to become a romantic classic or, at the very least, an addition to my personal collection.