The Time Travelerâ€™s Wife (2009) -vs- Adam (2009)
Both films are perfectly dreadful/wonderful in entirely different (if entertaining) ways, and itâ€™s going to be difficult coming up with a clear winner; however, it will be delightful deciding which guy would make the dreamier husband. The women on hand provide no contest whatsoever; Rose Byrneâ€™s performance is whiney and borderline creepy while Rachel McAdamsâ€™ baby blues shine with love and mysteriously undying affection, unearned and bizarrely inexplicable as that devotion may be.
(A side note/rant: Weâ€™re up to our necks in foreigners playing Americans, something of a regular occurrence when it comes to romance on film. Either we Yanks donâ€™t like our fantasies homegrown or perhaps the insistent inclusion of the British Commonwealth incrementally expands the international audience. Whatever the reasons, Aussie Rose Byrne fumbles a bit as an utterly unconvincing New York Jewess named Beth opposite always adorable Brit Hugh Dancy who plays the Aspergerâ€™s afflicted Adam with a wide-eyed, slack-jawed and only slightly bogus earnestness. Aussie hunk Eric Bana scores as genetic anomaly Time Traveler midwesterner Henry while as his wife, Canadian Rachel McAdams manages a reasonably convincing (if geographically vague) Chicago WASP-y rich girl. Like Gerard Butler in â€œThe Ugly Truth â€ and Kate Winslet in â€œRevolutionary Road,â€ they all affect flat and frustratingly unspecific American accents, rendering them a tad generic, creepy and alien. Iâ€™m sure critical denizens of the UK experience similar difficulties with RenÃ©e Zellweger (Bridget Jones) and Michelle Pfeiffer among many others. This accent stuff isnâ€™t for sissies; one wonders why romantic leads canâ€™t hail from their countries of origin and skip this pseudo-Middle Atlantic guff altogether.)