The Time Traveler's Wife 2009

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Romantic fantasy drama based on the bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger. Eric Bana stars as Chicago librarian Henry DeTamble, who is born with a genetic disorder that causes him involuntarily to time travel when he becomes stressed. This means that he often drops out of the present for long periods of time, causing his ongoing and deeply passionate romance with the love of his life, artist Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), to run into all kinds of difficult complexities.

Starring:
Brooklynn Proulx, Tatum McCann
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 43 minutes
Starring Brooklynn Proulx, Tatum McCann, Ron Livingston, Hailey McCann, Maggie Castle, Arliss Howard, Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Stephen Tobolowsky, Alex Ferris, Jame McLean, Michelle Nolden, Jane McLean
Director Robert Schwentke
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 8 February 2010
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 43 minutes
Starring Brooklynn Proulx, Tatum McCann, Ron Livingston, Hailey McCann, Maggie Castle, Arliss Howard, Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Stephen Tobolowsky, Alex Ferris, Jame McLean, Michelle Nolden, Jane McLean
Director Robert Schwentke
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 8 February 2010
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

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131 of 139 people found the following review helpful By Marly Z on 17 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
As a fan of the book I was really looking forward to finally watching the film adaptation of Audrey Niffeneger's 'The Time Traveller's Wife', especially as the release date was so frequently postponed. However, though a rather loyal adaptation of the novel, the film is clearly inferior compared to it's original source material, and unable to support itself as a stand alone film.

For those unfamiliar with the story, Henry DeTamble is a self-destructive librarian with a rare genetic disorder which causes him to time travel, with no conscious control of when he leaves, where he goes or how long he stays. Clare Abshire has known Henry since she was a little girl because future Henry often travelled back in time to meet her when she was a child, but when she meets present Henry for the first time he has no idea who she is and begins to fall in love with a girl who has adored him since she was five years old. So begins their life together, and the film follows their relationships through the good and bad times.

I had several problems with the film - one was the pacing which felt all over the place. Large scenes seemed to be cut mercilessly and others just pasted together so there was very little flow to the film. Secondly, there were many very important parts of the novel that were left out of the film and though I am no book purist and fully respect artistic license and the directors ability to pick and choose what he wants to include and change, these were integral parts to each of the characters personalities that needed to be included.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss C. Thomson on 10 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
This book/movie has been reviewed thousands of times already so I don't expect to say anything new, only to convey that this is a beautiful story. I will admit that I was a tad confused for the first few chapters with jumping backwards and forwards between past, present and future but by the time I understood how Henry's condition worked I as always intrigued to find out where we would find ourselves in the next adventure. It is one of my top 5 favorite books and I can't begin to describe how much I love it. I have named my daughter Alba because I love this book so much (and I do like the name a great deal). I recommend this book to everyone who asks for a good read and have bought all my friends and family copies for either Birthday or Christmas gifts and I have never had any negative comments back for them. It is rare that I say the movie is just as good as the book. I would normally fight to the death that books are the best but in this case I'll admit that it's a great adaptation and I wish I was Rachel McAdams.

Don't borrow it - buy it now, it might just change your life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Mason on 19 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Well, I read the book first, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Unputdownable, lol!

Soooo, I wanted to watch the film, but was skeptical, as usually, when I watch a film after I've read the book, I am disappointed, and vice versa.

The film alone is superb. Of course, a lot had to be left out, else the film would have been of epic proportions, but most of the main events are included, the characters are just as I had visualised, and in itself, the film is very enjoyable.

So, this is the first time I have been in this situation, because I loved both, but for different reasons. Like I said, I've been disappointed before when I've watched the film after reading the book, but not so in this case.

For instance, I loved the book, "Ps. I Love You.", but when I saw the film, the book, in my opinion, paled in comparision - I reread the book, and it didn't grip me like it did the first time I read it - The movie is just too good.

Anyway, that's my humble opinion. If you enjoyed reading Time Travellers Wife, I would recommend the movie - Don't expect every event to be covered, but if you forget about the book, and just enjoy the movie for what it is, I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy it :o)
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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful By E. Ward on 19 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
I had my reservations about seeing this film, as I haven't read the book and thought that this wouldn't help my overall understanding of a potentially complicated storyline. But don't let this hold you back!!

As the title suggests, the main character is Clare DeTamble (nee Abshire, who is played by Rachel McAdams) who is the wife of time traveler Henry (played by the delectable Eric Bana). The chronology of the film mainly follows Clare's timeline with the help of the occasional flashback, which allows us to keep track of Henry's movements through time. We almost never see him younger than about mid-thirties (apart from one scene, where he is six), though Clare's age ranges from aged six up to 'present day' mid thirties. This is probably evident from the book if you've read it, but if not, like me, then this really helps to keep the story tied down. The story that follows Henry and Clare is gripping and fast moving but without being overwrought and complicated, with no dull bits. The addition of family and friends, who know and don't know about Henry's travelling, further adds to the plot making this a smooth yet complicated series of twists and a thoroughly entertaining and successful film.

Both Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana carry their characters with convincing flare, and this completely makes the film. Had their acting been shoddy, the film would have sufferedand beed extremely hard to follow. The changes in locations were smooth, and even if we were entering from a different angle, the main places were still recognisable. I was worried at the beginning that Henry's behaviour towards the younger Clare would border on grooming, but this was in no way realised and doesn't figure in the development of either character.

Overall this was an amazing film, far better than I had anticipated and very accessable to viewers who haven't read the book. And after seeing such a fantastic film, I shall definitely be reading it!
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