|Poster of Somewhere in Time|
But anyways: onto Somewhere in Time.
My mom actually owns this movie on DVD, but when I actually watched it I ended up watching it on TV (and again lately rewatching it on Netflix to review it). My mom has always liked this movie (she even owns a replica picture of the character Elise McKenna that is featured in this movie), but for some reason, I didn't watch it until recently. So now that I have, here is my review of it.
Playwright Richard Collier becomes obsessed with a picture of an early 20th century actress named Elise McKenna while staying at the Grand Hotel. After doing research on Elise, Richard falls in love with her and takes it upon himself to travel back to 1912 to meet Elise and for her to fall in love with him.
Really there are only three cast members that I recognized from other period dramas. Christopher Reeve, who plays Richard Collier, was also in The Remains of the Day as American politician Jack Lewis. Jane Seymour, who plays Elise McKenna, was in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) as Marguerite Blakeney. And Christopher Plummer, who plays Elise's manager William Fawcett Robinson, was also in The Sound of Music as Captain Von Trapp.
|The first meeting.|
|Richard Collier obsessing over the picture of Elise McKenna.|
|William talking to "McKenna"|
|Richard Collier taking Elise McKenna out for a walk|
A good part of the movie takes place in and around the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan (I have personally been to Mackinac Island and have seen the Grand Hotel -- never been inside though -- and the area is very nice indeed!). The cinematography in this movie is excellent! The scenes that take place in 1912 are very pretty to look at: nice colors, everything bright, everything pretty.
|The ending that turned a horribly sad ending|
to an ending with a happier tone.
Sure, there is some 70s costuming, but who cares about the 70s costuming when there is 1912 fashions to discuss! The costuming for the 1912 scenes are very nice! Big hats, pretty dresses, and great hair. Elise is often dressed in white or cream colors, which Jane Seymour looked lovely in. There was one dress of Elise's that I thought didn't follow the silhouette of the time, but it was lovely nevertheless.
I enjoyed watching this movie, but I'm not a fan of sad endings... Seriously, I grew an attachment to Richard and Elise and I wanted them to get married and be happy (though in the past), but it didn't work out. Spoiler Richard ended up dying of a broken heart... But the ending was redeemed in that they were finally reunited at the end (which was a pretty picture to be sure). End of Spoiler But though the end of the movie was sad, the rest of the movie was good to watch... And the sad ending was redeemed at the end so that the story ended on a happier note.
The movie is rated PG, so there isn't anything too horrible in this movie as far as content goes. There is one scene that I would recommend skipping: though it doesn't get graphic, it can be uncomfortable to watch. Luckily, that part only lasts no more than one minute. It's towards the end and you can see it coming.
Somewhere in time is available on DVD and on Netflix's Instant Streaming. It runs for 103 minutes.