(kr) wrote: Based on the late Richard Matheson's 'Bid Time Return'. This 1980's fantasy romance staring Christopher Reeve as Richard Collier, successful playwright, and Jane Seymour as Elise McKenna, a stage actress some 68 years his senior. Somewhere in Time has historically found divided opinion amongst its audience over the past 30+ years since its original release. You will generally come across two contrasting camps, in terms of public opinion, with both at either end of the spectrum. The film has a loyal cult fanbase, who consider it the quintessential romance film, describing the purest and most innocent dipictation of romantic love, with a sweeping emotive neo-romantic score that touches and caresses the strings of your heart. Some find it a poor mashination of clichd romantic trite, complete with an overly sentimental soundtrack and losely knitted together plot points with an abundance of loopholes. Richard Collier (Reeve), is a playwright who, whilst successful several years ago, is suffering from a degree of writers block and, assumingly, emotional burn out. Several years prior to his current strife, he is celebrating the completion and premiere of his first play. A mysterious, fragile old lady appraoches him, hands him a pocket watch and tearfully urges Richard to '...come back to me', before turning away and leaving. A startled and confused Collier, who has never met the woman before slowly returns to his guests. The plot fast-fowards eight years into, what was then, present day 1980. The plot later develops with Richard visiting the Grand Hotel, a lavish establishment located on the beautiful Mackinac Island, in Michigan state. Whilst exploring an exhibition within the hotel, dedicated to the history of the hotel, Richard is drawn, or rather 'encaptivated', to the point of obsesion by a portrait of a beautiful woman. There is no information on her however, and a frustrated and awe-struck Richard then pursues different avenues in a desperate attempt to find information about this unknown belle. Richard discovers the identity of the woman, an Elise Mckenna (Jane Seymour), a prolific stage actress in the early 20th century who had visited and performed at the Grand Hotel in 1912. As he delves deeper, he discovers that she is the same woman who visited him eight years ago. Fascinated, he continues to read and research further to the point of contacting a biographer who knew Elise McKenna personally. Richard identifies an overlap of his own interests, with the mysterious Elise McKenny including a shared love of the same music and a curious fascination with a college professor's writings about time travel. The film unfolds into Richard applying the techniques that may make it possible to travel back in time. It is here that suspension of disbelief is required on the audience, and just to go with what follows. The meeting and attraction between Richard and Elise is left unexplained, and before you know it, they are besotted with each other after only spending one afternoon with each other. The film's finale is bittersweet, but refreshing in comparison to modern films, that all too often go after the happy ending scenario. Somewhere in Time is not a perfect film, and for a film that transcends time, it does appear dated, coupled with sometimes 'questionable' acting by Christopher Reeve. But pulling a film to bits based on fallacy in logic is an incorrect attitude to take to its storyline. Since time-travel (at this present time) does not exist, in any form, then it is un-falsifiable. There are no rules, this is a fantastical element not based on any science, so it should not be judged with the same rules that we judge and analyze science. If we look at the film with a rational mindset, you will find a significant amount of clout to add as a critique of Somewhere in Time, but if you approach the film in this kind of mindset, you miss the point of the film. The film 'does' appear weaker as you get older, and as an individual becomes jaded and less idealistic, then you could be forgiven for believing that this sort of love could transpire, in such a short amount of time, with complete sincerity and intensity. But this is a love story, in classic melodramatic fashion, for life's hopeless romantics, whilst others make shake their head at the percieved naivity in this particular depiction of man and woman's most influential and subjectively strongest emotion.