(CNN)Adapted from the caller that became a not-particularly-memorable movie successful 2009, "The Time Traveler's Wife" present transforms its bizarre emotion communicative into an HBO series. Rose Leslie and Theo James star, but successful keeping with the time-travel rules that authorities there's nary changing things oregon redeeming people, contempt their heroics it's excessively precocious to salvage this handsome but uninvolving show.
James' Henry notes that clip question "just happens to me" astatine unexpected times -- a "genetic defect" that causes him to autumn done time, leaving him "naked, penniless and running." He and Clare ("Game of Thrones'" Leslie) explicate each this successful direct-to-camera testimonials astatine antithetic points successful their lives, benignant of similar "The Office," conscionable with much nudity.
Indeed, James' backside surely gets oodles of exposure, successful sometimes comical ways, arsenic helium flees the peculiar situations successful which helium finds himself. Yet the main gist of the bid is its non-linear exploration of the arc of their relationship, which includes moments wherever Clare knows acold much than Henry does, since the encounters she's referencing haven't happened to that mentation of him yet.
Time question ever creates each sorts of puzzling possibilities, but the mode it's employed successful the discourse of Audrey Niffenegger's publication tin beryllium peculiarly off-putting erstwhile translated to the screen. At the apical of that database is the information that Clare and Henry archetypal conscionable (for her, anyway) erstwhile she's a kid and he's an adult, with him regularly blipping backmost to her arsenic she grew up.
"I person loved him since I was six years old," Clare says, and contempt everything portrayed astir the elaborate arc of their romance, it's precise hard to get done that subplot, arsenic adjacent Henry acknowledges, and not person it dependable astatine slightest a spot creepy.
The main entreaty stems wholly from the 2 stars, who not lone convey the periodic absurdity of their often interrupted exchanges but efficaciously play the characters astatine aggregate ages, which, fixed however often the timeframe resets, is nary tiny feat.
Adapted by Steven Moffat, whose credits appropriately see "Doctor Who," and prolific manager David Nutter ("Game of Thrones" and overmuch more), "Time Traveler's Wife" is lushly presented arsenic different sweeping emotion communicative with sci-fi overtones ("Somewhere successful Time" comes to mind), analyzable not by spot but alternatively time.
It's an admirable effort, but 1 that simply underscores however unadaptable this worldly mightiness beryllium -- the bottommost enactment being that if clip is so precious, these six episodes yet consciousness excessively overmuch similar a discarded of it.
"The Time Traveler's Wife" premieres May 15 astatine 9 p.m. ET connected HBO, which, similar CNN, is simply a portion of Warner Bros. Discovery.