Movie Night In: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and ‘Zombieland’

Even though no one has the power to travel through time in real life, at least the fast-forward button exists on your remote control if you can’t get through this somewhat messy film.

Released in theaters last summer, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a romantic drama based on the best-selling novel by Audrey Niffenegger and adapted as a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, who also wrote the screenplay for the classic tearjerker Ghost.

Eric Bana plays the role of Henry, who suffers from genetic “chrono-displacement” and appears in random moments in time against his will. Rachel McAdams plays Clare, his artist wife. The film revolves around how Henry’s condition affects his marriage, for better and for worse.

This is a well-meaning film with a lot of dramatic and beautiful moments (One of my favorite scenes is one where grown-up Henry visits his mother on the subway in the past), and McAdams, one of my favorite actresses, surprised me in a role that didn’t allow her to raise her voice despite the emotional content (No, for real). Plus, her and Bana shared a lot of romantic chemistry.

However, I felt underwhelmed by the film itself. The time traveling became confusing and boring for me. Also, is it really necessary for Henry to lose his clothes every time he does so? I felt bad for the people he had to steal stuff from so he wouldn’t have to run around butt naked. And his first time meeting Clare as a child? Awkward. Paging Chris Hansen!

Sweet film, but pretty forgettable.

OVERALL SCORE: 6/10

For a more light-hearted time – oh, and blood and guts too – there’s Zombieland. Released just in time for Halloween last year, this horror comedy takes place in a world dominated by – duh! – zombies and revolves around a group of people on the run to survive from their attacks.

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is an anti-social, paranoid kid who finds comradeship with the rough and tough Twinkie-lover Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). On the road, they meet two con-artist sisters, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Together they embark on a transAmerican adventure to get as far away from the zombies as possible, but toughen up in case they encounter the flesh-eaters.

The script is mildly hilarious, the over-the-top kills induced some laughter, and the cast and characters are likable. Otherwise, I thought this was another underwhelming film. My focus couldn’t be kept for most of it.

However, some guy named Bill Murray appears as himself. He was in some movie called Ghostbusters, I don’t know if you know who or what that is. He was the best part of Zombieland though. He should survive in the case of a real zombie apocalypse.

OVERALL SCORE: 5.5/10

“Movie Night In” is a regular feature to be posted every weekend, hopefully on Fridays or Saturdays. One to three DVD releases, both new and old, will be given short reviews.

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3 thoughts on “Movie Night In: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and ‘Zombieland’

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