Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Underwhelmed

I saw The Time Traveler’s Wife on Saturday and I hadn’t written anything on it until now because I was underwhelmed. I guess these days I just can’t buy into the fantastic unless it involves aliens, wizards, ghosts, robots or hobbits, none of which make an appearance in this movie. In this story, Clare (Rachel McAdams) marries Henry (Eric Bana) who has a genetic condition that causes him to disappear and travel back and forth through time. While that’s an interesting premise and probably was a great book [that I didn’t read], I spent the whole time pondering such practical matters as how Henry could hold down a job when he disappeared uncontrollably for unspecified amounts of time. I guess it really didn’t matter since he married well [code: wealthy] and could use his condition to win the lottery. But you get what I’m saying–I just couldn’t buy into it and suspend all disbelief. [If you ever saw The Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, you what I mean.] Some stories I think are best left off the silver screen. On the upside, I did think McAdams and Bana had good chemistry and so I’d like to see them act together again.

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