The Time Travellers Wife Review

Theoretically, the novels of such intimacy, adventure, fantastical stories and mystery, when exploited on the big silver screen, should behold have the same expectations, hype and grip, such as those of Tolkeins’ Lord of the Rings, Rowling’s Harry Potter, Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale, or that of the old ‘classic‘ by Audrey Niffenegger; The Time Traveller’s Wife.

In practicality, it is always the way that director’s sitting in their big directors chairs get a little lost along the way and it rarely lives up to the imagination. Now, of course, the director cannot look into the mind of every Harry Potter fan and imagine how Harry Potter should look when he’s sincerely casting his spells, but there are scenes of such magnificence in said novels that just get forgotten.

As is what happens between the novel and film of Time Traveller’s Wife. Granted the film realises the bases of the story …. boy meets girl, they fall in love, tragedy strikes and everyone cries a little. But it seems that Director Robert Schwentke gets very lost in his translation of such artistic written talent, albeit a little testing and at times frustratingly insufficient in its explanations of the working science of time travel,  and simply jumbles the story line and misses out the most significant of scenes that I am sure any reader would much have liked to see in the story line.

The story is for those critical of science, the meaning of existence and the nature of love, and the novel simply addresses these topical areas with brilliance. Their first meeting was so dramatic in the novel, yet lacked on the screen, failing to address that a young six-year-old as found a naked man in the bush at the end of her garden. Character Claire Ashbire, on her 18th Birthday, experiences the ‘first time’ with love Henry DeTamble, and this is simply cast aside, to any reader this is a momentous moment in the book, it links their present with their past, and pieces the story together.

For 107 minutes, Schwentke doesn’t really addresses any serious emotion, and merely skirts over serious scenes that, I’m sure, Niffenegger spent hours deliberating how to get such emotions across to her audience in order to pull on those heart-strings.

This novel/film was merely a science fiction novel that perhaps didn’t explain time travel very well, but never the less provided a sufficient four-day read, and 107 minutes of viewing, with a a lot of cutesy, mushy romance thrown in, but it certainly wasn’t worth the hype it was given.

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