From my vantage point, the definitive romantic time travel movie is the classic 1980 Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. Sad to say, The Time Traveler's Wife falls well short in comparison because while it has a bit of romantic sentimentality, it's bogged down by a terribly muddled and eye-rolling time travel element. The time traveler played by Eric Bana has a bizarre genetic condition that causes him to randomly jump back and forth in time like a ping pong ball, ergo the audience is subjected to keeping up and trying to make sense out of the senseless. They say love conquers but the time plot was simply too preposterous and confusing; if they have made it a farcical comedy, it might have worked.
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For me personally, this movie is monumentally underrated. I suppose the sci-fi, romance genre can be kind of niche, but forgetting that, TTTW offers a compelling story and 2 leads that make the very fantastical premise work. I also adore how the movie wraps up and pays off (I'm a total sucker for "Voila! See how all these pieces fit together."). My advice is give this a shot. You may find yourself pleasantly surprised. I certainly didn't think going in that this would end up being one of my favorite films.
This has my ultimate favorite movie and favorite book of all time now too!!! I found the book on a a free library box last Christmas i was consumed by is right off the bat. Not can this shriek story REALLY pull art you're heartstrings!!! Bravo