“Could we pretend just for a minute that this is the first time we’ve met?”
This life showcase drama, based on the popular Audrey Niffenegger book, stars Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble, a librarian who finds he cannot control his sudden, unplanned travels through time. Rachel McAdams plays Clare Abshire, a woman who fatefully discovers Henry’s unique situation, eventually becoming enamored with him.
The ensuing love story written by Oscar winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), incorporates the romantic elements, genetic logistics and situational drama well, but the chemistry between leads Bana and McAdams never really hit a high enough level to ignite significant passion and power.
Predictable themes of regret, self discovery and powerful instance of deep personal loss stir strong emotions. The child actors, especially Brooklynn Proulx (Valentine’s Day) as the younger Clare, have some great performances and the plot creates some exciting, unpredictable elements based on Henry’s upcoming appearances.
German director Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) and expert cinematographer Florian Ballhaus create striking visuals as the plot flows through time depicting Henry and Clare’s unique relationship and satisfactory ending.
The methodical pace fits well. Read the book for a better plot understanding and character appreciation. Recommended (*** out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality.
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler