The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) -vs- Somewhere in Time (1980)

 Bryce Zabel, Editor-in-ChiefThe Smackdown

Men who come unstuck in time deserve love, too, even men who have played The Hulk and Superman and who should know better than to get involved in sci-fi love matches without some superpowers to fall back on.

The Challenger

Like the Terminator, Henry (Eric Bana) can travel through time, but only when he’s naked, all of which leaves his girlfriend Claire (Rachel McAdams) confused, particularly when she’s a little girl.

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The Defending Champion

Richard (Christopher Reeve) actually hypnotizes himself to go back in time for a one-night stand with Elise (Jane Seymour) but that 68 year age difference and her scheming manager prove stubborn obstacles to true love.

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The Scorecard

Eric Bana fell into his time paradox after he made “The Hulk” and had to run around in torn purple pants while Christopher Reeve got temporally jumbled after turning back time by flying fast around the world in “Superman: The Movie,” but it’s Bana who looks most comfortable in “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” probably because he gets to dress more casually.

The Decision

Watching Superman mope around over a girl like he does in “Somewhere in Time” just isn’t as satisfying as watching “The Time Traveler’s Wife” explain away his public nudity.

About Bryce Zabel 196 Articles
Drawing inspiration from career experiences as a CNN correspondent, TV Academy chairman, creator of five produced primetime network TV series, and fast-food frycook, Bryce is the Editor-in-Chief of "Movie Smackdown." While he freely admits to having written the screenplay for the reviewer-savaged "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation," he hopes the fact that he also won the Writers Guild award a couple of years ago will cause you to cut him some slack. That, plus the fact that he has a new StudioCanal produced feature film, “The Last Battle,” shooting this summer in Europe about the end of World War II. He's also a member of the Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and a past enthusiast of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. His new what-if book series, “Breakpoint,” just won the prestigious Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and has so far tackled JFK not being assassinated and The Beatles staying together.

2 Comments on The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) -vs- Somewhere in Time (1980)


  1. I watched this film last night. The acting was good; heroically good, in fact, especially the young Clare (Brooklynn Proulx) and the two Albas. Bana and McAdams shone through an otherwise cockamamie plot. Both leads are charismatic; they look and work well, together.


  2. Ha.

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