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Old August 12 2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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The Time Traveler's Wife (McAdams, Bana, Livingston) - Grade/Discuss



Chicago librarian Henry De Tamble (Erica Bana) suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes him to drift uncontrollably back and forth through time. On one of his sojourns, he meets the love of his life, Claire (Rachel McAdams), and they marry. But the problems and complexities of any relationship are multiplied by Henry's inability to remain in one time and place, so that he and his beloved are forever out of sync.
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Old August 12 2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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I should finish reading the book. I started it several years ago, but I never got past the first couple chapters. The movie looks pretty good, though. I love Rachel McAdams.
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Old August 12 2009, 05:54 PM   #3
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Read the book last month and now cannot wait for this
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Old August 12 2009, 05:55 PM   #4
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Re: The Time Traveler's Wife (McAdams, Bana, Livingston) - Grade/Discu

Eric Bana is the mana
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Old August 12 2009, 10:01 PM   #5
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The release date sneaked up on me. I need to make plans to see it this weekend!
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Old August 12 2009, 10:13 PM   #6
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Planning to see this, since I'm a big fan of McAdams (when was her last movie, seriously?).
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Old August 12 2009, 10:46 PM   #7
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Re: The Time Traveler's Wife (McAdams, Bana, Livingston) - Grade/Discu

A few clips on Hulu from news/entertainment shows:

Access Hollywood - Eric Bana doesn't do abs.
NBC Today Show - Interviewer answers all her own questions. Very annoying.
Eric Bana on The Tonight Show, Part 1 - Eric has a weird hobby.
Eric Bana on The Tonight Show, Part 2 - Time traveling naked.

Interviewers seem to be fixated on the fact that he travels naked. It's kinda funny.
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Old August 12 2009, 11:48 PM   #8
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It was a good movie with a fresh perspective: the one left behind.

It wasn't as emotional as I had hoped for. Well-acted, good script, but the "moments" I wanted either weren't there or weren't as strong as I thought they could have been.

Still, a definite above-average from me.

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Old August 12 2009, 11:55 PM   #9
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Planning to see this, since I'm a big fan of McAdams (when was her last movie, seriously?).
Earlier this year she had that Russell Crowe/Ben Affleck newspaper/politics thriller.
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Old August 13 2009, 06:38 AM   #10
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Looking forward to this, too bad I have no idea if and when it'll actually play over here.
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Old August 13 2009, 09:32 AM   #11
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^ Do you get movies dubbed or with subtitles?

Also, Roger Ebert gave this movie ** 1/2 stars, which is 1/2 a star below thumbs up, even though he admits that the star ratings are pretty arbitrary.
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Old August 13 2009, 09:35 AM   #12
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^ Subtitles. There's no way I'd ever go see a movie if it was dubbed.
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Old August 13 2009, 05:22 PM   #13
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It was a good movie with a fresh perspective: the one left behind.

It wasn't as emotional as I had hoped for. Well-acted, good script, but the "moments" I wanted either weren't there or as strong as I thought they could have been.

Still, a definite above-average from me.

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I'm actually expecting this to be the case. While I have nothing against Rachel McAdams, she just hasn't felt like Clare in any of the clips I've seen so far. She just doesn't seem to carry the emotional/character weight that I always felt from Clare.

It's always a risk, interpreting a well-beloved book. Despite my reservations about McAdams, I'm so delighted that the film has been made, and the story seems to have been treated with great integrity.

I've spent this week watching through Angel's fifth season. A couple nights ago I hit "You're Welcome" and "A Hole in the World" and have pretty much been a basket case since then. So, I think I'm emotionally loaded enough to have The Time Traveler's Wife completely send me over the edge.
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Old August 13 2009, 06:03 PM   #14
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It does come off with the pacing of a novel, which I particularly enjoyed. A lot of folks these days don't have the patience anymore for easy-paced exposition.

A slow-cooking stew is usually better tasting than a microwaved one. (Are you listening Michael Bay? )

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^ Subtitles. There's no way I'd ever go see a movie if it was dubbed.
I'd thought the same of myself, but have encountered some occasional odd circumstances. Every so often, a movie is released with a better dubbed translation than subtitled translation (e.g. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in English), and sometimes films are dubbed by essentially the original cast (e.g. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero in English), both of which can make the dubbed version a compelling alternative to subtitles.

Rachel McAdams and Ron Livingston are two of my favorite actors, but I don't think I'm likely to see the movie. As much as I always enjoy both of their performances, I disliked the book strongly (I liked only Alba among its characters by the time I finished reading it), and somewhat doubt they could make up for its deficiencies - which is too bad, as I always look forward to seeing them in new movies.
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