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Movie Review-The Time Traveler’s Wife

By Shanda Block/reporter

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a movie about a man named Henry, his wife Clare, and their exceptionally odd lifestyle together.

Director Robert Schwentke based the film on Audrey Niffenegger’s book, and even if someone hasn’t read the book, the movie still brings its own appeal to the table.

It begins when the main character, Henry, played by Eric Bana, is only 6. He and his mother, Annette, get into a car crash, yet Henry remains unaffected.

Right as the car is about to slam into a truck, young Henry disintegrates from the backseat and onto the street within view of the entire crash that happens before his eyes.

Before he has time to utter a word, a man runs up to young Henry and tells him that he is Henry, but older.

The older Henry explains to the younger Henry that his whole life will soon change, and things such as what just happened will continue to happen uncontrollably.

From then on, Henry’s life becomes one huge paradox. In one minute, he could be in present time. Then the next, he’s seeing his mother on a subway.

We usually learn in these types of stories that altering the past can be catastrophic for future events.

However, Henry cannot change the natural course of events even when he tries. He cannot prevent that fateful day when his mother is killed.

Not far into the movie, we meet Clare, played by Rachel McAdams.

After that, in a well-put-together plot, their life together takes off to a wonderful start, and Henry even asks his father for Annette’s wedding ring so he can propose to Clare.

As the story continues, it leaves the moviegoers with a sense of compassion and longing to know what happens next.

The ending gives a reminder to us all that family is the strongest part of us, and they’ll always be there for us through thick and thin.

It would be easy to say the overall message of this film is “love conquers all,” but it’s hard to know that for sure.

It was not Clare’s choice for a strange man she’d never seen to come into her life at age 6. Nor was it her choice for him to continue to visit her time and time again.

This film definitely requires deep thinking, but that’s the main attraction overall.

There are no negative comments to say about this movie.

The entire message and feel of it was nothing but positive and leaves the audience smiling.

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