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Geeks should see The Time Traveler's Wife

Wally Bahny says The Time Traveler's Wife is a movie that geeks and their non-geek significant others can enjoy together.

On an icy winter night, Henry and his mother are traveling home from shopping when they notice an oncoming truck lose control. Unable to stop, their car crashes into the truck but not before Henry mysteriously vanishes. Appearing in his parents' house moments later, and two weeks earlier, Henry is shocked to see himself being read to by his parents in the living room. Vanishing again a couple minutes later, only to reappear safely a few hundred yards from the accident just as his mother's car and the truck are making contact, Henry is afraid, alone, and naked. Just then, a man comes up carrying a blanket and claiming to be his future self.

This is the opening scene of the film The Time Traveler's Wife, based upon a book written by Audrey Niffenegger. The movie is an excellent story about how Henry deals with randomly jumping through time, appearing in sometimes odd places. As he grows up, he begins resenting his condition until he meets Clare Abshire, a young woman claiming to have known him her entire life, although to him, the two have just met. Clare manages to get Henry to clean up his act, and his drinking problem, and the two begin a relationship that she and his older, time-traveling self had been planning.

Other than Henry's father, Clare is the only person who knows Henry's secret until a future Henry time travels back and meets Clare's friend Gomez outside of a club. Henry had been forced to put on some women's clothes (the only thing available to him when he appeared) and was engaged in a fight with some thugs who did not appreciate his dress. Gomez follows this older Henry, who somewhat cryptically explains the condition to him. After that Henry vanishes, Gomez goes to his present-day Henry and discusses the condition with him. After this point, Clare's other friend, Charisse (who is Gomez's girlfriend), is also brought into the secret.

With a heart wrenching ending and sci-fi overtones, this is a movie that geeks and their non-geek significant others can enjoy together. Eric Bana, who plays Henry (and is right off his turn as Nero in Star Trek), portrays a spectacular character. I give this movie an excellent rating both for the story as well as the wise handling of the time traveling paradox -- Henry discovered at some point in his life that he could not change the past, which he talks about during the movie.

via The Insider

Have you seen or read The Time Traveler's Wife?

According to the poll results in Nicole Bremer Nash's post about which geek movie is worth paying theater prices to see, only 5% of you planned to see The Time Traveler's Wife at the cinema. I notice that at least one Geekend reader has seen the film and enjoyed it.

What about you: Have you seen or read The Time Traveler's Wife? If so, do you agree that it's an interesting geek story? If not, were you turned off because "it seems too mushy romantic," as Nicole noted in her post? Before you write it off as a romance, it might interest you to read the recent Slate article by Dave Goldberg entitled, "A physicist looks at The Time Traveler's Wife," in which he explains why he's so excited about the film adaptation.

4 comments
eddyrox1
eddyrox1

brilliant story.. nuff said.. the whole concept takes a romantic story to another level where the romance is not the focal point in itself. it becomes a story of courage where love is what holds the pieces of henry's life together.. i think audrey did a brilliant job especially with the ending which well... either read or watch to find out... i havent watched the movie althought i read the book just when it came out.. up to today it remains one of my faves... is it a geek's thing...?? hmmmmmm... because of the love factor it is actually quite hard to say... BUT! i strongly suggest you all take the time to check it out.... the book i can guarantee will not be time wasted

boomchuck1
boomchuck1

I've always been fascinated with the time paradox stories. I'd like to see this, though I was a afraid it might be too much of a chick flick.

sng - TX
sng - TX

Yes, they should. The book was absolutely wonderful.

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

I had serious qualms about the scene where a grown man appears nude in front of a child and they simply start talking. Although there are many cultures where partial nudity or even total nudity within the family is acceptable, I can't think of a single one which finds it acceptable for young children to talk to nude strangers. A lot of critics, both conservative and liberal are having real issues with that scene.

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