Wednesday, 24 February 2010
DVD REVIEW: THE TIME TRAVELLER'S WIFE
Available on DVD and Blu-ray March 18
I posted my review for this film when it released in cinemas November 5 last year and my opinion hasn't changed since then: a poor adaptation of a difficult book that will prove disappointing for fans of the original source material.
But for those who haven't read Audrey Niffenegger's literary romance, concerning time-crossed lovers Henry and Clare, then Robert Schwentke's film could prove satisfying enough. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams certainly do their best to maintain the romantic heart despite the silliness around them.
Henry (Bana) is a time traveller, the result of a genetic condition, and is continually disappearing and reappearing at points throughout his life while his wife, Clare (McAdams), is left alone - sometimes for hours, days, and even weeks at a time - to worry on his whereabouts.
But as is often the case, what works on the page doesn't translate to the screen. A bit more fun and inventiveness with the time travelling concept may have helped. I stated in my original review that I felt a film from Niffenegger's book would make for a great reunion piece for the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless team. Certainly the directorial whimsy of Michel Gondry and a Charlie Kaufman screenplay could have worked wonders for the material.