Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Books Made Into Movies: The Time Traveler's Wife

'The Time Traveler's Wife'

Studio: New Line
DVD Released: Feb. 2010
Running Time: 107 Minutes
Rated: PG-13

Synopsis:  A genuinely old-fashioned Hollywood romance with a science fiction angle, The Time Traveler's Wife stars Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble, a Chicago librarian with a genetic disorder causing him to travel through time involuntarily. The screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin (My Life), based on a novel by Audrey Niffenegger, incorporates some of those crazy paradoxes that are a part of time-travel fiction, but without beating one over the head. Take Henry's introduction to his future wife, Clare (Rachel McAdams), who tells him they've already met even though they haven't actually met. Brain teasers, however, are not what The Time Traveler's Wife is about. In a quite haunting way, the story really concerns what it means to know and love someone at every phase of his or her life. The fact that Henry's life, from Clare's perspective, is hardly linear--he can disappear and turn back up again at different ages--means that she must cherish what is essential about him. Which doesn't mean the couple is immune to periods of unhappiness, including a painful sequence about trying to bear a child--perhaps a child that might also carry the time-traveling gene.

My Take: Has everyone else already seen this movie already? Well I'm going to talk about it anyway because I was pleasantly surprised! I don't know what took me so long to watch the darn movie in the first place because I remember when I read the book a few years back I kept thinking "this would be so much better as a movie!" because honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of the book. I know a lot of people out there are, and I wasn't blogging back when I read the book but suffice it to say that I couldn't keep up with all of the time travel. How old was he, where he was in time, I found it all pretty confusing in book form and I thought if I could see it visually I might be able to grasp it better. Suffice it say, I am not much of a science fiction reader, and this is sci-fi lite.

As for me liking this story in movie form, I was right. I knew the story line but it did a fabulous job portraying the time traveling. I could really picture when he was in time and how it affected those around him. The relationship with his wife was much more moving on screen because in the book it was mildly child-molestry for him to constantly be visiting a child in the woods naked. In the movie they quickly touched on it and he didn't seem at all creepy. She was instantly in love with him and their relationship seemed sweet.

I know it's gotten mixed reviews but if you've seen it what did you think of the movie?


  1. I love Rachel as an actress but we have almost exact thoughts, I didn't enjoy the book, I actually abandoned it.

    Here was my post on this topic.


  2. I haven't read the book or seen the movie but now you have me wanting to rent the movie.

  3. I loved the movie! I felt I had an advantage having read the book though! I think they did a great job casting! :)

  4. I loved the book so much, and was surprised to find that I really enjoyed the movie as well. I was a bit sceptical of Eric Bana but he actually did really well. I was just upset that they changed the ending, although I suppose it was more freeing for Claire. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I have to say I haven't read the book or watched the movie. I love the premise but would be upset if they didn't find a way to be together :(


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