Somewhere in Time

• TOP NOTCH (my top choices)
• HONORABLE MENTION (well worth watching)
• YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER (I like them but you might not)
• CLASSICS (Great movies up through the 1960s - many don't have any rating)

 Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer   

Summary - A Chicago playwright travels back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Cautions - Will need tissues.

Commentary - This film is a great example of what one can do with almost no budget. The writing is clever and witty, the direction and editing are skilled and passionate. The whole film comes off as a labor of love. And let's not forget one of the greatest movie scores by John Barry. This is more than a thoroughly charming movie. With it's modern following, it ranks as one of the great romantic movies of all time.

But it is also, essentially, a science fiction movie. Time travel stories are fraught with paradoxes that make them easy targets for criticism. So, if you didn't suspend your disbelief at the door, it's your own fault. I thought the writing walked the line perfectly. It's hard to deny that the two leads have a wonderful chemistry and make authentic, a story that is audacious to believe. This is not a movie for cynics.

The biggest thing for modern audiences to get past will be the terrible presentation available on VHS and DVD. Please, see if you can find a blu-ray version. It's far superior to previous versions.


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