The Time Traveler’s Wife on OCS: Part-Time (review)



The couple Theo James / Rose Leslie take us on a somewhat disjointed but moving temporal romance. A mix of original genres.

Doc Brown could pull out the few gray hairs he has left. No DeLorean here. And yet, in The Time Traveler’s Wife – airing from today on OCS – Henry DeTamble travels through time. How ? Why ? He doesn’t know. But since he was very young, he finds himself unexpectedly transported to the past, before being brought back to his present just as abruptly. A kind of genetic disorder, with which his wife, Claire, has had to live for years. Since she was 6 years old in fact, because Henry has – unwittingly – gone to visit his future wife, in the past, many times. Claire grew up knowing she was going to marry this time traveler. However, their “real” first meeting, 14 years later, is particularly unsuccessful…

After Out of timethe 2009 film worn by Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, here is a new adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s book, Time is nothing (published in 2003). This time they are Theo James and Rose Leslie who court each other over time. Their chemistry is far from obvious, and the model revealed in the franchise Divergent struggles to give life to the multiple Henrys (there are often two of them side by side, united at the same moment). But in front, Rose Leslie is still sparkling. The old of Game Of Throneswhich was still shining at the start of the year in Vigil, overflows with a facetious energy that is terribly endearing. She makes a Time Traveler’s Wife with which we end up identifying, as long as we give it a little time to exist.

Because Henry obviously takes up a lot of space. And the narration is, it is true, somewhat disjointed, not to say a bit tedious. Steven Moffat, the creator of sherlockwhich has already largely juggled with time in Doctor Whosometimes binds his romance in the cogs of a rather heavy concept and which never really manages to initiate a solid reflection on fate, free will or the famous butterfly effect.

At the arrival, The Time Traveler’s Wife isn’t as brilliant as it aims to be, but the series enjoys itself as a great sci-fi love story, the kind that will no doubt delight those who adored the Richard Curtis film, It was time (2013).

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