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Somewhere in Time Reviews

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June 8, 2016
Beautiful movie! So magical
½ June 5, 2016
Undiluted transcendental romance.
Kal X. Attenborough
Super Reviewer
½ April 2, 2016
The reason many people herald this film as a cult classic is due largely to it starring two relative stars of the 1970s in it. Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour had both made well-received big-screen debuts in successful films prior to Somewhere in Time with Seymour starring as one of the most memorable Bond girls of all time, Solitaire, in Live and Let Die and Reeve becoming a household name as Superman in the original motion picture franchise.

Somewhere In Time is one of those Hollywood what-if's in regards to what would have happened if it had been widely released with their being no actor's strike occurring to limit the marketing of the film. Would it still be such a cult favourite if Mr. Reeve hadn't been tragically paralyzed by a horse riding accident and was still alive and well today? Would the film have further made Jane Seymour an 80s icon without her having to appear in dozens more films and mini-series' in order to establish herself as such if the film had blossomed at the box office? We can never really know, but amidst the what-ifs and the theories, I can say that despite it being a romance film, -- a genre of which I am not a fan of -- Somewhere In Time is a decent enough film which does have noticeable flaws, however.

Reeve and Seymour as Richard Collier and Elyse McKenna have considerable chemistry despite them being together on screen for less time in the film than you'd think. Collier is the time-travelling playwright from the late 1970s who has fallen in love with McKenna's photograph in the Grand Hotel, determined to woo her by any means necessary, and McKenna is the detached stage starlet who is - albeit fictional - possibly one of the few people who is more introverted than Morrissey.

The film has the typical tragedy-in-disguise structure. Collier is enthralled by McKenna and learns that she was also the old lady he met at the start of the film, he spends a good amount of screen time researching her and learning how to apparently time travel back to 1912 where he meets Elyse, gets rebuffed by her, convinces her to spend a day with him in which she falls head over heels for him, for the two to finally be together for a day of two of happiness before Richard makes a mistake and is thrown back into the future where he dies from the supposed heartbreak and is reunited with Elyse's spirit in the afterlife.

Both Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour give at least decent performances with the latter's being far more genuine than the former's somewhat rehashing of the Clark Kent side of Superman into a more romanticized individual who seems to have a lot he wants to say. Jane Seymour's portrayal of Elyse McKenna is far more versatile although her character always appears restrained emotionally except for her last scene set in 1912. I found it strange while watching her portrayal of Elyse McKenna, thinking that this was also the same actress who (25 years later, mind you), portrayed characters in both Wedding Crashers and an especially hilarious episode of How I Met Your Mother which can both be classified as cougars to the point where in the How I Met Your Mother episode, Barney Stinson gets so obsessed with her that he ends up dislocating or breaking a hip while in Wedding Crashers, she makes Owen Wilson utter one of his infamous "wows" in a situation which stemmed from an unhappy marriage to Christopher Walken. Seymour throughout her entire career has shown remarkable versatility that few actors are capable of, with her performance as Elyse McKenna being one of the most intentionally-restrained of them all in true fashion of the early 20th century stage actresses.

The production design is also one of the major points where this film shines. The late seventies in which this film begins have a very modernistic feel whereas the portions of the film set in 1912 radiate with an idyllic and warm vibrancy which helps the film's overtly romantic mood. It further enhances the storyline in the scenes that Richard and Elyse are together and make it so when they finally are at the point of professing to each other that it's a fuller experience for the viewers, one that flows with a vibrance which takes the entire film higher and higher before it all comes crashing down with the tragic ending.

Somewhere In Time is very much a cult classic at the end of the day, not known by a ton of casual moviegoers, or even the typical Blu-Ray savant, but those who are fans of the film are fiercely devoted to keeping it's legacy alive, and that right there is what proves it a cult film truly worthy of the term.
March 27, 2016
Wow what a trip.
Beautiful music, great actors and lovely location.
The story though, dude becomes obsessed with a photo of pretty lady, imagines/thinks himself back in time and then that ending?
Gah, they lead me along with this gentle romance: they meet, tried to be kept apart but yes they are together! they hug and those lacy curtains and then...that WTF end?!
(but daaaam, Reeve in that suit, mmhm)
A star for the costumes and music.
February 15, 2016
My fav movie of all time! Love it ?????????????
February 9, 2016
most romantic movie. Ever.
December 30, 2015
To describe it as a *time travel* film, or *science fiction* film is quite a mistake. It's a fantasy, which utilizes 'travel through time' as a minor plot element. Definitely one of those sentimental stories, but still quite fun - and sad - to watch. There is no need to try some fancy scientific explanation or some fancy machine to explain Reeve's time-shift - and that's what really sets this apart from similar attempts at a fantasy/science fiction mash-up. Essentially it's the classic story about how love transcends time. It reminds me of a dialogue sequence (between Ahmad and the Princess) from Alexander Korda's The Thief of Baghdad (1940):
[At the pool]
Princess: Who are you?
Ahmad: Your slave.
Princess: Where have you come from?
Ahmad: From the other side of time, to find you.
Princess: How long have you been searching?
Ahmad: Since time began.
Princess: Now that you've found me, how long will you stay?
Ahmad: To the end of time.
December 28, 2015
I have to say this is a wonderful film. It is a bit dated, but not terribly, and Christopher Reeve is awesome! A near all-star cast, stellar performances, a fantastic storyline, and brilliant execution all come together to deliver a fine finished product suitable for nearly all ages, though I daresay younger movie goers will bore with this tragically beautiful love story.
November 20, 2015
If you like the unlikely mix of Science Fiction and Romance, stunning music. This movie is PURE *MAGICK* !!!!!
October 26, 2015
88%
Watched this on 25/10/15
Well acted, affectionate and moreover innocent when compared to most of the shitty romantic films you get these days, this one surely deserves the cult rating. Considering the time of it's release, the film makes good use of the concept of time travel onto a romantic movie without resorting to the over excess of CGI. This film is a good romantic movie and one should not watch it expecting some sci-fi entertainer. Christopher Reeve gives a performance full of charm and innocence and lead actress Jane Seymour also does good. Christopher Plummer should be given special mention as he gave the best performance in the movie and credit must also be given to the fact that his character was not made into a stereotype villain and effectively avoiding a cliched love triangle. The music and the cinematography are all good.
October 17, 2015
It may be an average love story but the time travel makes it all cool.
September 25, 2015
My favorite movie. Ever. Escapists Unite!
September 21, 2015
One of the truly most romantic movies of all time.
July 1, 2015
Tries to be very romantic with John Barry music swelling up behind the Grand Hotel and a story of impossible love but it just doesn't click. I did appreciate the Mackinac Island scenery, though.
½ June 25, 2015
If you are a dedicated Christopher Reeves Fan?
May 26, 2015
Beautiful love story.
May 10, 2015
A wonderful cast. And it shows that love knows no barriers, including time.
March 16, 2015
Your critics are morons! This is one of the best love stories I've ever watched!
Rodger Ebert, you should become a food critic as it's obvious all your taste is in your mouth!
½ March 7, 2015
A promising premise slowly turns into nothing. I would feel okay with a remake of this with a great story that could really tug at the strings with the vast distance between the two.
February 14, 2015
A beautifully passionate and moving film about an undying love that transcends unbelievable barriers. The scenery was enthralling and the story engaging. Although critics would beg to differ, I believe this to be an utterly wonderful love story. It is a must see for any romantic.
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