Being able to travel through time is probably the most desired super power to possess. However, not being able to control when it happens and to what year you travel to is not something you want with it. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) is one such story about a librarian named Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) who has a genetic disorder causing him to time travel without having any control over it. With his time traveling occurring randomly he tries to build a relationship with a woman with whom he feels safe, Clare (Rachel McAdams). This movie is based on Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel of the same title.
|"I wouldn't change one second of our life together."|
The first time Henry is shown time traveling is when he is being driven by his mother and unfortunately they meet with an accident. His disorder saves his life but his mother dies in that accident. The very fact that he has no control over the timing or destinations of his time traveling makes him a victim of it. It gets more complicated with the shock that he is also left completely naked when he arrives to his destination and through that he learns how to break locks and steal clothes. With experience he learns different skills to defend himself through dangerous situations. He finds himself attached to certain people, places and events in his life as he keeps toggling back and forth in time. During his travels back to the past he meets a little girl Clare who finds nothing unusual about the fact that he is time traveling and develops a liking for him. He keeps visiting her occasionally until they finally actually meet in the present time in Chicago library where he works. There is an element of disbelief as they show him travel back and forth in time, it seems hard to digest but keep in mind that it's a fantasy movie so anything is possible. He has no control at all and he cannot stop the future events (which he learns about on his travels) from happening. Henry falls in love with Clare and they get married but her life is nothing but a constant wait for him as he disappears without notice and there is no fixed time for his return. This eventually takes a toll on their relationship as they go through tense and testing times till they finally manage to have a baby.
|"What, you think that I wanted this life...this
husband that disappears without any kind of |
warning? Do you think anyone would want that? Who would want that?"
Both Bana and McAdams work well together on screen with their roles. They don't have a lot of time to develop as characters but they have done justice to their respective parts. With Henry constantly traveling and showing up in different ages, it makes the plot interesting. One would think of it to be more of a sci-fi movie after reading the title but it's a tale of love which comes with unconquerable complexities. This movie is based on a topic which is endless and I'm sure that the book is more detailed and evenly spread. However, showing it all in two hours is not an easy task so my word of advice is too keep all the logic aside and watch this one as a unique love story.