#12 The Time Traveller’s Wife

The Time Traveller’s Wife (2009)

Dir: Robert Schwentke

I thought I might watch this as a continuation of a theme from ‘The Butterfly Effect’, with the aim of enjoying a far lighter and happier time-travel story. It was much more enjoyable, but surprisingly not as light as I expected.

‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ is based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Niffenegger, and though the title may suggest a focus on Rachel McAdams’ character of Claire, it is much more about her husband Henry, who due to a rare genetic anomaly, has been involuntarily jumping to moments in time since he was a young boy. The film then develops into a romance about how this both brings him together with the love of his (and her) life, but at times strains their relationship.

Whilst ‘The Butterfly Effect’ was about trying to change the past and affect the future, this film from very early on stipulates that it’s impossible for Henry to change things when he travels, the big events are inevitable.

I think that the strength of this film was thanks to the genre of the source material. Rather than being a sci-fi with the almost ubiquitous romantic element thrown in, it is the other way round. I always felt like I was watching a romantic drama, that just used a science fiction element as its differentiating twist to the story.

As a sci-fi film about time travelling, there are better, but as a romantic film with a bit of time travelling in there to spice things up a bit, this is right up there with the very best of them!


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