The Time Travelers Wife finally landed on Sky and HBO on Monday. The Time Traveler’s Wife it’s inspired by the most-read novel by Audrey Niffenegger, and follows the story of a couple who have a meeting at various times throughout their lives due to his inexplicably strong ability to travel time.
The first is the novel by Audrey Niffenegger in 2003 The Time Traveler’s Wife. Then, there was the 2009 adaptation film with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. Today, Doctor Who and Sherlock show runner Steven Moffat brings Niffenegger’s story to HBO and features Rose Leslie and Theo James as the main characters Clare Abshire and Henry DeTamble.
Clare Henry and Clare Henry are lovers Their relationship can be complicated because of the tiny issue which is that Henry is a time-traveler. He’ll voluntarily disappear into the past or sometimes even the future, only to be completely naked and in a lonely place.
Because of some temporal scheming, Clare encounters an older version of Henry when she’s just 6 years old. She then, later on, discovers that she’s their wife of his in the near future. She waits to see Henry however when she arrives, she discovers that he’s not the person she loved during her teenage years.
In the theory of things the idea of a TV adaption to The Time Travelers Wife makes sense. The story of Niffenegger has more breathing room than in the film and Moffat can even add scenes that are not in the novel. The series, however, isn’t able to cope with the thorny issues and the tendency to veer too far into melodrama is barely diminished by the ferocious performances of Leslie James and James.
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of those romances that hasn’t aged well.
I thoroughly enjoy the novel by Niffenegger however, even in its the form a novel that age difference that exists between Clare and Henry is a difficult hurdle to overcome. In addition, Clare is 6 when she first meets Henry. In contrast, he’s aged 36 and has already got engaged to her for the near future.
There’s a major power disparity and a negative atmosphere in their first encounters regardless of how hard Henry is trying to keep his future from being revealed. This is especially true when it’s a visual medium such as television, where 37-year-old James as well as the actors playing younger Clare (Everleigh McDonell as well as Caitlin Shorey).
Moffat is trying to address the power imbalance in the best way he can. Clare even states, “No one should meet their soulmate when they’re 6 years old” -yet it’s awkward. In the beginning, Henry winces when child Clare states that her “grooming” her toy horse. In the future, he’s convinced that the groomer groomed Clare but Clare replies, “I groomed you,” which… isn’t actually how it works.
The Time Travelers Wife Review
“Time Travelers Wife limited control, which raises the old question of fate. freedom of choice. But, when it appears that they’re in the same relationship no matter the circumstances it’s difficult to call their story to be a romantic one.
In the event that Clare or Henry meet at”the “present” (don’t think too long about the time travel, unless you’re hoping for headaches) Their bond is difficult to understand. This isn’t because of the age thing however, they’re always at war. Moffat puts Clare and Henry in a fight in the beginning, much more than Niffenegger in the novel.
Clare frequently declares Henry an a$$hole for good reason. 28-year-old Henry is certainly an irritant until the point that you question whether you really should be rooting for them to remain together. The only reason to be hoping for them to get married is due to Leslie as well as James.
Rose Leslie and Theo James are The Time Traveler’s wife Theo James’s salvation
The Time Traveler’s Wifehinges on the performance that are provided by Leslie and James and, as expected they can are able to deliver. They are a solid team and make Moffat’s witty dialogue sound more real.
Leslie provides a much-needed dose of vigor and energy to the character Clare who is at risk of becoming the stereotype of the loving wife waiting for her husband’s return home. In the same way that the Time Traveler’s wife tends to encase Clare in and define her through her relationship, Leslie breaks free and strives to provide Clare an identity outside of Henry. However, we don’t get to have enough time with her to really be a part of the show.
The show could be dubbed The Time Traveler’s Wife however, it will end in spending more time playing with the character, who bounces between present and past. James is a spirited Henry at different points in his life, even though his wigs and makeup choices could undermine any credibility of his age. He captures Henry’s charisma as well as his more raunchy side.
Finding himself stranded in an area that’s not his own signifies that he’s become adept at taking advantage of others and fighting, so it’s easy to sense his frustration each time he goes on a time trip and must face its risks. After a while, this fatigue is evident in the experience of watching which is when the story of The Time Traveler’s Wife moves into the realm of a slog.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is plagued by strange narrative choices
In its six episodes, the show Time Travelers Wife makes some very baffling choices. The framing technique includes Henry and Clare talking directly to the camera as if they’re recording, but we don’t know the reason. The readers of the novel will probably know who they’re speaking with however, the rest of the story is unresolved.
A pivotal scene from Henry’s childhood is shown many, many times until flashbacks are often humorous and dark. The show makes an unforgivable error when it tries to handle the sexual assault plotline. It’s jaw-droppingly terrible and completely unneeded. source
These choices can add up to the Time Traveler’s Wife losing its charm if any was able to create. Leslie and James try their best to keep the show afloat but the show is falling to pieces, slowly but slowly.
The Time Traveler’s Wife premieres on May 15th at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO and will be rerun with each week a new episode.