Genre Guesstimation – The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Abbi of  We will be reviewing our favorite Alternate Love Story movies. In order to get a better idea as to what this genre might include, check out this post by Abbi from last year. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of November by sending them to  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Abbi!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Alternative Love Story Films…

The-Time-Traveler-s-Wife“I wouldn’t change one second of our life together.” – Clare

Number of Times Seen – 2 (4 Jan 2010 and 18 Nov 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A woman falls in love with a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to spontaneously time travel.

My Take on it – Anyone who reads my reviews, knows that I’m usually not the biggest fan of film adaptations of best selling books because they rarely get it right.

This, unfortunately, is once again one of those times.

When this book was recommended to me 6 years ago, I couldn’t put it down.  I read from morning to night and finished it in one day.

I loved the combination of time travel with romance and the book was paced and planned out very well.

The movie, on the other hand, feels so disjointed that I think that had I never read the book, I woulda been even more confused.

There is too much here left with gaping holes that even if one had read the book, doesn’t necessary prove that one will understand everything.

Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams were ok choices for the leads, but they lacked any kind of real chemistry.

The gem here is Hailey McCann, who steals every scene she is in and makes you wish she was more involved.

Read the BOOK!!!

Bottom Line – The book was sooo much better. They leave too much unexplained and cut out a lot of the essential exposition in order to understand and sympathize with their love. Bana and McAdams are both adequate here, but I can’t say that they have much chemistry. McCann steals every one of the scenes she is in.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt made headlines when they bought the film rights to Audrey Niffenegger’s novel before it was released to the public. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not even close. The book was amazing, but this leaves so much unexplained.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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13 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

  1. This book was great! Which is weird as it was quite a “girly” book for me. I don’t tend to like girly romances! The time travel bit is why I read it. Can’t say I remember the film well now, so I guess you must be right on it not being a great adaptation. 🙂

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