I appreciate The Time Traveler's Wife. I didn’t care for it myself but I think it succeeded at doing what it set out to do. I think the time travel is a metaphor for relationship problems, so it explored that. I just would have rather seen a time travel movie.
Review: The Time Traveler's Wife
Really, it’s just about scheduling. Yeah, he’s absent and they can’t communicate because of it, but really it’s just the inconvenience of not being able to be exactly where you want to be exactly when you want to. Communication is an important theme, but I certainly hope a relationship is strong enough to withstand scheduling conflicts.
There’s tragedy in trying to have moments out of context, like meeting your mother when you look like a grown-up stranger. Dealing with knowledge about yourself is heavy and the idea of what happens to their baby is interesting. The moral metaphor of manipulating your loved ones is powerful too (Good thing that six-year-old grew up to be a hot babe) and who we are at different times in our lives is meaningful.
He’s a sad time traveler, resigned to an inability to change things, which is one theory as opposed to the butterfly effect where everything gets messed up. He’s used to the routine of disappearing, finding clothes (because clothes don’t time travel) and getting by, but it makes him a lonely drunk. I’m also glad he’s able to meet and interact with his past self because I don’t see any reason why you’d turn into an imploding blob because of same matter. Past and future selves are different matter.
This makes him a totally reactive character. He can’t do anything, except for one financial act. He just succumbs to these travels. The only fun they have with it is tag teaming with his older self at the wedding. Time travel is just a useless burden though, so the only point now is to subject yourself to tragedy, but a fictional tragedy because time travel doesn’t really exist.
It starts with a juicy time travel idea and goes there right away. I didn’t have any problem following the chronology. I know science fiction so I get why one version of a character wouldn’t know things another version knows. It handles explanations and demonstrations well. She explains some of the rules to him. That’s different. The sequence makes sense so you’ll know when we are in the movie.
The effects are good. It’s subtle and clear. It’s not too flashy that it calls attention to itself. It just blends into the scene and feels like a believable way to express time travel. It even handles the clothes, which was my only sticking point with Buffy. Vampires get slain. Clothes don’t.
There’s some good nudity too, at least butts, mostly Eric Bana’s but you see Rachel McAdams’ too.
Remember how awesome Journeyman was? That was a great show where time travel was a burden to his marriage, but he also did awesome things with his gift. Man, I can’t wait for Journeyman to come out on DVD.