The core of every time travel film is how it explores the question of “what if.” What if Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe got it on? What if Marilyn became a world-renowned physicist? What if Marilyn and Albert were really one and the same and one of them came from an alternate timeline? These are some of the many and different storylines that still continue pique the interest of fans of time travel movies. The movie industry has a wide array and full of such storylines from the simple time jumps to more intricate temporal adventures. Here are some of the best time travel films in history. And no, you’re not allowed to fast forward time to read the last entry.
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” (2004)
Here’s a film that doesn’t rely heavily on the scientific aspect of time travelling. Rather, it focused on the dynamic between two people in love with each other and how they work around with the male protagonist’s condition of jumping through his history. Although explained as a condition of a human body, much like a disease, Henry and Clare have managed to create a system of how they will meet from the different times of Clare’s life. In a lot of time travel stories, where the timelines are changed in major ways, “The Time Traveller’s Wife” stuck to Clare and Henry’s juxtaposing Henry’s chronophasia with a person’s nostalgia over people and things.
“Midnight in Paris” (2011)
A screenwriter working in Hollywood goes to Paris to write. He experiences the city’s magic, and whenever a magical bell rings at midnight, he is transported in Paris during the ‘20s, hobnobbing with great artists like Hemmingway and Picasso. Here is another film where time travel is not scientific, but rather magical. It did focus on the bigger questions of altering history but rather whether love can withstand the test of time itself.
“Run Lola Run” (1998)
The movie starts with Lola getting a phone call from her boyfriend. She goes to help him, and he ends up dead, and so does she until she wakes up and repeats the day. This cult hit showed the ramifications of how every action can alter history of a person. Even with the great cinematography and story, it does pose the question of whether which of the events are real and how Lola managed to reset time for herself.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
Here’s a great example of a time travel film where it explores the “whatif” question. It goes to navigate through the film answering the question of what if George Bailey never lived and how his existence or non-existence affects the lives of the people around him.
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