Better Ending


Since we are dealing with fantasy here, why not have a happy ending. Helen is reincarnated and rejoins Leslie Howard in the present time.

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A happy ending might have been nice but I don't think reincarnation is the solution. Peter and Helen are well over a hundred years apart. That means Helen would have to be reincarnated several times before she'd come close to being in the same time period as him.

There are also two other problems; being the appropriate age to be a love interest for Peter; and being able to locate him. Even if we assume the age thing works itself out somehow, there's no way she would know anything about having met him or that she'd need to look for him at that point. Unlike a time traveler, a reincarnated person would not return as the same person and would not retain memories from previous lives.

Since Peter's able to return to his current life after having travelled back to Helen's time, one would think she could simply return with him and stay. There are many problems with that theory but the most obvious is she wouldn't fit in or be able to adjust to a more advanced, radically different world. That was presented as the reason Peter couldn't stay in Helen's outdated world. When Helen sees the vision of the future through Peter's eyes, she was frightened and referred to it as a demon world. The culture shock one would experience traveling forward in time would likely surpass going back in time.

What's never addressed in the movie is how none of the many changes Peter set in motion while he was back in time carried over to or affected his twentieth century world. For one thing, the portrait that was being made of his ancestor still hangs on the wall even though the artist said he'd paint no more and destroy what he had already done.

Also, Peter has his namesake's diary that presumably has no mention of Helen. According to the diary, the original Peter marries his cousin Kate, they have children, one dies, etc. Following his visit, everything in the diary should be different. When the 'modern' day Peter inhabits the body of the original Peter his behavior is so bizarre and offensive, it's hard to imagine things could have been straightened out including Kate's feelings for Peter.

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Well, excuse me! I was not aware there were rules, laws, and logic in regards to fantasy and reincarnation. Where did you learn all of this - "Reincarnation for Dummies." If he could go back over a hundred years and meet her, I don't see any reason why she could not travel to the future to be with him.

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Elkabong1940 says > Well, excuse me! I was not aware there were rules, laws, and logic in regards to fantasy and reincarnation. Where did you learn all of this - "Reincarnation for Dummies." If he could go back over a hundred years and meet her, I don't see any reason why she could not travel to the future to be with him.
Your comments made me laugh. I hadn't even thought of it like that but now that you mention it, yes, there are rules. Everything has rules because those words have specific meanings. If I told someone I got home on the bus or I drove or I walked or I was carried... each has a different meaning. Based on what I said they could very well make certain assumptions about what could or could not have happened along with what I said.

I realize those things may not matter to you and some other viewers but for some of us they do. Directors and screenwriters can't simply hide behind the concept of 'fantasy'. Things still need to make sense and be logical.

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