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The Time Traveller's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

BRUCE Joel Rubin memorably turned Ghost into a supernatural romance with real heart. He repeats the trick with his adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s popular best-seller The Time Traveler’s Wife.

Rubin’s screenplay admittedly requires a leap of faith from viewers and doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny, but hopeless romantics who give in to its charms will be rewarded with a suitably slushy experience.

The film follows the exploits of a time traveler (Eric Bana) afflicted with a rare genetic anomaly and the woman (Rachel McAdams) who falls under his spell.

The two soul mates must overcome innumerable obstacles over the course of their lifelong romance, including his inability to predict his own time leaps and the possibility that his condition could be passed on to any children they have.

Robert (Flightplan) Schwentke’s film keeps viewers on their toes keeping up with the various jumps in time and occasionally feels like it’s playing tricks rather than making sense.

But it’s buoyed considerably by two captivating central performances. Bana gets to brood and ponder his fate and does so in a believable and intelligent manner, while McAdams gets the mix of adoration and frustration just right. Together, they make a charming couple whose happiness is worth rooting for.

The various twists and turns afforded by the time travel conceit mostly work to the film’s advantage without feeling too contrived, while the effects surrounding the time travel itself are also handled with admirable subtlety – as, too, are some of the more icky moments in the story concerning the early beginnings of the relationship.

Come the tear-jerking finale, audiences won’t mind having had their emotions manipulated as this is one emotional journey that is genuinely worthy of your tears.

Certificate: 12A
Running time: 107mins
UK DVD Release: February 8, 2010