(If you’re seriously allergic to spoilers, even if they’re for a trailer, I suggest you watch the video before you read the following commentary.)
After multiple delays, New Line Cinema has released the official trailer for “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” the movie adaptation of the best-selling novel and one of my favorite books.
Author Audrey Niffenegger weaved together the lives of a time-traveling librarian, Henry DeTamble, and his wife, Claire Abshire. DeTamble has no control over his time-traveling tendencies, leaving Abshire to endure loneliness again and again in the present.
In the novel, the couple also deals with family disapproval, previous romantic entanglements and fertility problems, some of which are reflected in the trailer.
The movie stars Eric Bana (Hector in “Troy”) as DeTamble and Rachel McAdams (Allie in “The Notebook”) as Abshire. From the looks of the trailer, McAdams will shine in her role as the time traveler’s wife.
The trailer definitely captures the lofty, romantic mood of the movie. The song, “Broken” by Lifehouse, couldn’t be a better match. The song’s first line speaks of time: “The broken clock is a comfort / It helps me sleep tonight … ”
And – my favorite part of the trailer – you’ve got to love the scene where newlyweds Bana and McAdams jump on the bed together on their wedding night. If that doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, you’ve got some serious knots to untangle.
The film is slated for release on August 14. I, for one, will be counting the days. For now, I’ll be hitting the rewind button on the trailer’s video.