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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Movie: The Time Traveler's Wife

On Friday night two of my girlfriends and I went to see The Time Traveler's Wife. This is fairly significant seeing as the last movie I saw in a theater Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, while I was pregnant with the Bug. I'm not a huge movie buff (hello, understatement!) but I loved The Time Traveler's Wife (the book, my review is here) and knew this was one I needed to see.

To sum it up: I loved it! I thought both Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana were terrific. There were a few moments in the beginning where I doubted Bana, but he definitely pulled it off. I thought they did a great job condensing the story into a reasonable length movie and wasn't too bothered by the changes to the plot. They did leave out some major plot lines, but I don't think that they left anything IN that shouldn't be, so overall it worked. I don't think the time travel itself was nearly as confusing as in the book but as with the book if I think too hard about it I get myself all confused, especially when I think about him traveling forward in time to a point after.

One thing that was much clearer in the movie than in the book was that Claire really didn't have a choice. She always knew what was going to happen and how her life would play out. While I believe that she was in love with him, it kind of changed the focus for me. The movie was much more about HER than about THEM, which is fitting given the title. How do you act when you know how your life will play out?

Anyway, despite the changes and the different focus (for me, anyway) I really enjoyed it. If you're a fan of the book, be not afraid and check it out.


  1. Hooray - I can't WAIT to see this. Glad you loved it. Also, maybe I should reread the book before I see the movie.

  2. I haven't read the book, but I saw the movie yesterday and really enjoyed it. The friend I went with has read the book, and she didn't like it as much as I did. I do want to read the book now.

  3. I am glad you enjoyed it!

    Interesting review- I heard the opposite was true, that the movie focused more on him and less on her than the book did.

  4. No, I agree with you that the movie seemed much more focused on Claire. I enjoyed the movie, but enough time had passed since I read the book that I had forgotten some of the details. I think I liked the ending of the movie better than the book!

  5. Really want to see this one, but will probably end up waiting for the DVD as it's not N's sort of thing and I have no girlfriends at all. (sob) Oh well. It is nice to see a movie at the cinema, N and I don't do enough of it either..

  6. Hooray - I can't WAIT to see this. Glad you loved it. Also, maybe I should reread the book before I see the movie.


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