So the crew out at Warner Brothers sent me out a copy of The Time Travelers’ Wife (which I’m just now getting to due to a bizarre mixup in shipping), and thus I’m left to tuck into what may well be the most outlandish romance movie EVER.
The Time Traveler’s Wife features a man with a genetic disorder that, despite literally all known laws of physics, causes him to spontaneously–and wholly involuntarily–jump through time.
At this point most physicists are laughing themselves blind and Albert Einstein is spinning in his grave so fast that HE might well be traveling through time.
Anyway, our physical impossibility of a man has fallen in love with a woman he meets at random junctures throughout time, and not surprisingly, he marries her. But now, she’s got to bear up under the likelihood that her husband will vanish for months, even years at a time, and reappear in her memories. Can their love last? And what of any children that might issue from this union?
The movie spends a lot of time jumping from point to point, event to event, and it’s not exactly easy to follow. and I’ll caution you up front, if you’re not the type to enjoy romances, then this one is going to be UTTERLY lost on you.
The science is a joke, the science fiction so unbelievable as to be unrecognizable, but there are a couple of funny bits to perk things up. Still though, if you’re not in for the romance then you’re definitely not in for The Time Traveler’s Wife. Points, however, have to be given for a really creepy portion that shows up about midway through.
The Screenhead Ten Scale, meanwhile, knows a niche product when it sees one, and thus hands The Time Traveler’s Wife a six out of ten for being an awesome romance with absolutely no basis in reality whatsoever that I know of and science so thoroughly reprehensible that it’s a profound joke.