Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife...The Movie

I saw The Time Traveler's Wife today and since I reviewed the book the other day, I thought I would do a little comparison. Don't worry, there will not be any spoilers!

First off, I will say (as I usually do) that the book was better! No big surprise there. However, the movie was very well done. Some elements of the book were left out, obviously due to time constraints, but overall it did not bother me so much. I guess because the actors that were chosen for the main roles were great choices. I thought Eric Bana as Henry was a very good fit. He is a good actor and has been overlooked in the past, but I think this movie showed off his dramatic chops. Rachel McAdams, of course, was ethereal. I just think she lights up any role she plays. She has a very bright future in acting. And Ron Livingston as Gomez...outstanding! It was just regretful that his part in the movie was so much less than in the book.

Now there was one thing I missed in the movie and that was the comic relief. As I said in my review of the book, what was great about it was the combination of science fiction, tragedy and comedy. The movie was mostly focused on the two latter elements. There just wasn't enough comic moments to balance the sad ones. However, I was glad that the movie eliminated the constant lovemaking between Henry and Clare. I'm not a prude by any means, but I think the movie portrayed well the great love between the two without having to show constant sex, like the book.

So, in conclusion, I do recommend that you see this movie, but if you're a reader or if you were planning on reading the book, I would suggest that you read the book first. Reading the book first really keeps the confusion at bay and fills in any holes that might have your mind full of question marks. And if you really must choose between the book or the movie...choose the book.


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  1. Thanks Michelle.

    I usually like to read the book before the movie, but sometimes with timing it doesn't happen that way. I will keep in mind what you have said on the book and the movie, and I am glad to hear the movie did well compared to the book.

    Great review!!

  2. Thanks for the review and letting me know that I should read the book first. I've been wondering about that since the movie reviews started coming out. I had planned to do it the other way so I wasn't disappointed by the movie but I have been reading that it's hard to follow if you don't know the book.

  3. As you say right out, the book is always way much better than the movie. DH and I were trying to think the other day if there was a movie that was better than the book but couldn't think of any.

    I'm not sure if I will see this one or not. I was a huge fan of the canceled television series Journeyman which has a similar premise so to me this is a rip off of that.

    I do love Eric Bana. If you want to see a good dramatic film with him in it I highly recommend Munich.

    Thanks for the review. See you in twitterville!

  4. Thanks everyone for the great comments!

    and to Moe, yes I saw Munich and it was an excellent film and yes the book is always better although some movies don't do a bad job such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter series, and Silence of the Lambs--just to name a few!

  5. I read the book and loved it, but am wary of watching the movie, fearing it will ruin my own mental image of the story.

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