ReviewWriter: Lai Swee WeiWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Adapted from Audrey Niffenegger's 2004 bestseller, "The Time Traveler's Wife" may not make much sense, but it does a fairly entertaining job at the emotional aspect and progression of storyline between two beings, deeply in love with each other yet are often separated by time and space.
The opening scene kicks off with a car crash, claiming the life of a woman but not that of her six-year-old son, Henry (Alex Ferris), who, at the last minute, unconsciously teleports himself into the recent past. Quickly returned to the accident scene, Henry meets an older version of himself (Bana), who informs the traumatised child that he has just travelled through time. "He," of course, refers to older Henry and younger Henry, both of whom have an uncontrollable ability to go through time between past, present and future.
The story's time travel sequences might be a tad bit confusing and illogical, but you'll end up getting used to it and fall in love tear-jerking romance story played by the winsome duo that is Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. True enough, time travelling does not involve clothes, just like "Hollow Man" minus the time travel. Thus, audiences will get a sneak peek at Bana's 'down under' - butt more like it.
The heartfelt love story is just as similar to Brad Pitt's tragic-romance "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button". Fate brings the joy of two people meeting each other, but also a curse as irreconcilable differences make things difficult. McAdams does a magnificent job playing Clare, Henry's love life, who lashes out her frustration so believable as she tries to conceive a baby successfully. Her performance seems so genuine and true to her character, exuding the feelings of sympathy. Bana literally strips down to the bare necessities here as he constantly skips back and forth through the years with no control. His masculinity is well suited for the role as he gets in lots of scraps with tough guys and strangers whose clothes he is forced to steal.
The story gets heated up when it deals with the imminent death of a central character. Nothing beats what is to happen next, although predictable as it may be once you're familiar with the concept of time travel. The couple often have their most humorous and memorable scenes at a gorgeous meadow landscape, where it was great location for their lovely beginning and bitter-sweet ending.
"The Time Traveler's Wife" is a must watch amongst fans of the book as well as those who just enjoy a good love story.Cinema Online, 27 October 2009