Directed by Robert Schwentke.
Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin.
Based on the novel, "The Time Traveler's Wife," by Audrey Niffenegger.
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From the time Henry (Eric Bana) was a young boy, he has inexplicably had the power to travel to the past or the future. He can’t seem to control where he travels to. He never knows when he will fade from the present and when he will return. Clare (Rachel McAdams) first meets Henry when she is six. He time travels into her backyard when he is 36. There the seeds are planted for their one-of-a-kind love story.
McAdams and Bana have palpable on-screen chemistry, although McAdams greatly outshines him in many scenes. Her acting is much more natural, genuine, believable. It’s easy to get lost in her character. Bana’s acting seems stiff and at times, awkward.
While the novel provides a level of understanding and richness that wasn’t carried over to the screen, the film still has plenty of charm. Scenes with six-year-old Clare, played by Brooklynn Proulx, and with Henry’s mother (Michelle Nolden), lend a magical feel to the film.