Somewhere in time, is a magical movie. I don’t even mean that with any remote trace of irony, or cynicism at all. I really was enchanted by the first, and subsequent viewings of this incredible film and I will now tell you why. The film, has a seeming hypnotic, tranquil and heartwarming quality to it.
It tells the story of, Richard Collier, a young and famous screenwriter, who, meets a mysterious elderly woman, at a party and immediately falls for her. Now, this may be a heavy pill to swallow, but, that’s the kind of thing one must do to properly enjoy this movie.
That isn’t a complaint about the movie either, it’s a REALLY great and original movie. However, it’s vital that you believe, in how much Christopher Reeve falls for this woman. That way, when he goes back in time, you know why he falls for her to truly become enchanted by the film.
Yes, he does go back in time to meet her; although that isn’t a spoiler, but, anything I say about the plot beyond that will be. What you do need to know, is that this is one of the most intimate and whimsical looks at love between two people and it completely sells it.
Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour have exceptional chemistry, that pops on the screen and Christopher Plumber plays a great third wheel, with questionable allegiance and morals.
All in all, this is FAR more then just a lovey dovey date night movie, especially given the novelist who wrote the book the film is based on. I am referring to Richard Matheson, the brilliant writer responsible for the best episodes of The Twilight Zone and much more.
So, with all of that pedigree and exceptional filmmaking and given it’s free right now on Netflix (you cheap bastards you), why the hell not enjoy a 1980’s time travel classic? I hope you enjoy and share the love.