The Time Traveler’s Wife Review

Dear Rachel McAdams… err, Clare,

This is being written to you as a request for information about your husband Eric Bana… err, Henry DeTamble (sorry). As recent information has come to light, including a book and a movie about his condition, some questions remain.

For instance, you knowingly married this man who has a genetic condition and uncontrollably time travels against his will. Why then Mrs. Abshire are you angry when he does not come around to see you for two weeks? Are you lacking the common sense that the one man in the world with this condition (and with no help in understanding it) might not be with you at all times?

Besides, if you were dumb enough to marry the creepy naked 40-year old man who met you in a field when you were six, you probably should have saw some of these problems coming. Here is a guy who is actually dead for the entire movie. The man is freakin’ dead and still manages to make time to love you, and you’re complaining? Girlfriend, you need some therapy.

Still, there are some other questions left, mostly about your husband (or is it your past husband since he is sort of but not really dead?). If he cannot control his time travel, how is it that he manages to show up to your wedding three times, at three different stages in his life? That is rather specific, is it not?

Also, he claims to have learned the art of time travel when he was a small child, about six years old. If he can make your wedding three times within an hour or so, why did he need to be 40 when he first met you? This is not a restriction of time travel for sure. Somehow, he can go into the future to see his daughter long after he died when she was five, so surely he could time travel and meet you when you were both the same age, right?

It is also odd why his death is such an emotional moment, lying there on the floor with friends surrounding him. Did he not tell you at some point:

“Honey, I’m going to die. Yes, it will be tough, but know that since I am beyond super human, my younger self(s?) will still able to travel through time to see you. It’s really no big deal, but I’m a jerk so I’ll invite all of our close friends over to see me naked and dying on the floor as a practical joke. Ha ha, right?”

We’re far from done here though. It seems the movie portrays poor Eric as confused, unsure of the time frame when he warps (asking people what year it is), yet he somehow knows how old he is. Since the audience is confused, given the total lack of make-up to assist in making anyone appear older or younger, how is he able to keep track of his own age? He certainly failed to remember that vasectomy he had. Maybe it is a guy thing…

And what if two Eric’s were in the same place at the same time, and you had sex with one of them? Is that considered cheating? Would you be creeped out if one of them just sat back and watched?

These are questions that need answers, because if the world is not given them, they will look back befuddled that anyone had the gall to tell a story like this and actually pass it off as entertainment. You wouldn’t do that, right Rachel Mc… err, Clare, would you?

Movie ★☆☆☆☆ 

Plot Holes… err, Time Traveler’s Wife (sorry again) comes from New Line/Warner in an inconsistent yet typically pleasing VC-1 encode. Colors are tinted warmly, giving flesh tones a slightly bronzed yet still natural hue. Some ringing around high contrast edges is forgivable given how limited it can be. Black levels are deep, inky, and certainly satisfactory despite some tendency to swallow detail whole via crush.

Sharpness rarely wavers, delivering a crisp image, although one that fails to fully resolve the finest of details at all times. Bana’s visit to his older daughter at the zoo is an example of how spectacular this transfer can be, completely revealing facial details, clothing textures, and a beautiful, bright environment. Much of the wedding scene is equal as well, for the same reasons.

On the other hand, the rest of the movie can vary wildly. An odd shot at 16:50 has Bana in bed appearing completely smoothed over. Grain is typically under control with a few faults, such as a solid colored door at 33:23 that shows some significant artifacting. To be fair, this never looks terrible, and with a consistent level of detail (especially with establishing shots that show flicker or general softness), this could have been spectacular.

Video ★★★★☆ 

A DTS-HD mix has only a few moments to show off, notably a beefy, loud car crash right from the start. Near the end, a fireworks display provides ample opportunity for bass and surround use, which it does wonderfully. A gunshot, also late, delivers a forceful low-end jolt.

Some light ambiance is noted as Bana enters the city, the usual array of police sirens and pedestrian chatter. The grassy field young Clare is having a picnic in has some noticeable bird chirps as well. Dialogue is on par in terms of fidelity for modern films, and expecting less would be relatively ridiculous. The minimal music is clear with no noticeable problems.

Audio ★★★★☆ 

Two featurettes make up the entirety of the extras, the first a solid making-of called An Unconventional Love Story that runs for 26-minutes, and Love Beyond Words, which details the process of bringing the book to the screen for 21-minutes. These are great, because it means less time you have to spend on this tripe.

Extras ★★☆☆☆ 

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