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Movie Review: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ Proves Faithful

1 Sep

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cinemagrade b Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s sci-fi drama The Time Traveler’s Wife both improves and dillutes its source material in almost equal measure. The result is a good movie–probably working better for starry-eyed romantics than logic-based sci-fi fans–that eludes greatness by playing it just a little too safe. However, navigating Niffenegger’s tangled and thought-provoking melodrama couldn’t have been easy and I’m grateful that the German director drew from it this sweet, sensitive and occassionally beautiful little movie. Continue reading

‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ trailer knows where I’ll be on August 14th

13 Jun

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June 13th, 2009-

Chick flick fans and sci-fi fans find their paths converging again with the upcoming release of The Time Traveler’s Wife, the new drama starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, based off the book by Audrey Niffenegger. A few weeks ago, in an article about the top anticipated sci-fi films of the summer, I said this about the film:

Based off a captivating novel about a man whose own genetic make-up causes him to time travel involuntarily, this film has the opportunity to improve upon that original work. Hopefully excising some of the creepier and ill-advised segments from the book, including a sexual encounter between the protagonist and his younger self, The Time Traveler’s Wifecould potentially become a summer movie romantic sleeper. Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams look to be appealing as the couple at the core of the story who struggle to weather the personal devestation that Bana’s time traveling jaunts can cause. Playing with alot of unique time travel concepts(Bana’s character shows up without any clothing or protection when he jumps), and telling a heart-wrenching tale about human love and devotion, Time Traveler’s Wife might be the one flick that offers something for a wider audience beyond the typical sci-fi geek. Continue reading

Trailer for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is here

19 May

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Ever since Guy Ritchie announced he was making a film about the titular detective, I’ve been curious about Sherlock Holmes. It’s been quite some time since the likes of Basil Rathbone or Jeremy Brett took on the role, and I remained quiety cautious about Robert Downey Jr. inheriting it for this go-round. So, now that the trailer is here, I have to say that I’m not surprised by it. Nothing in it seems to particularly scream Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, save for the production design. Everything else looks like a slam-bang action romp with some oddly placed bits of humor; one scene early on is edited together in such a way it appears that Holmes leaves a room Bugs Bunny style with a dashing sound and a cloud of smoke. Whaaa??

The film doesn’t release ’til December 25th, so it’s far from completion. That means it could really be anything by the time it is finally released. Right now, the tone looks pitched halfway between 1988’s Without a Clue (not a good thing) and 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes  by Barry Levinson(a good example of Holmes in action mode). Below is the trailer if you have ever fancied the idea of seeing Holmes and Watson try to run and out-leap a giant fireball Bad Boys style.

See the trailer for League of Extraordinary Holmes HERE.