The Time Traveler’s Wife Review

First there was Audrey Niffenegger's 2003 novel The Time Traveler's Wife. Then there was the 2009 film adaptation starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. 

Now, Steven Moffat brings Niffenegger's story to HBO, with Rose Leslie and Theo James as Clare Abshire and Henry DeTamble

Clare and Henry are in love, but their relationship is complicated by the teeny-tiny problem that Henry is a time traveler.

He'll involuntarily vanish into the past, or even sometimes the future, where he'll show up completely naked and alone.

Due to some temporal shenanigans, Clare encounters an older version of Henry when she's 6 years old and in the years that follow discovers she's his wife in the future.

She spends her life waiting to meet him, but when she does, he's not the version of himself she fell in love with during her adolescence

In theory, a TV adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife makes sense.

Niffenegger's story gets more room to breathe than it did in the movie, and Moffat is even able to expand on some scenes from the book

However, the six-episode series has a hard time reckoning with this love story's thorny complications, and its tendency to lean too hard into melodrama is just barely mitigated by committed performances from Leslie and James

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