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Review – The Time Traveler’s Wife

December 28, 2012

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger is one of many books that have been made into a film. But, just how good is the film compared the book?

The book is incredible, and to follow it with a film was always going to be a hard thing to do. After watching the film, I was impressed, it was good, and a lot of the storyline was kept from the book. I felt the same emotions watching the film as I did reading the book, which is something I value highly in both books and films.

The actors, Rachel McAdams as Clare and Eric Bana as Henry were an unlikely choice as a couple, but on set they were amazing. There was chemistry between them and they worked well both as the characters and with each other.

However, there are parts in the book that I felt should have been in the film. A lot about the younger Henry was missed out and I think that had an important part in the development of Henry’s relationship with Clare. The writers should not take all the blame for this, the length of the film must always be taken into consideration.

With a storyline like The Time Traveler’s Wife, it has to be told carefully so people do not get confused. Both the book and the film do this well, however, the book does it better, probably because the book can cover more. In the book, there was a sense of real love between the two main characters, their relationship was well laid out by Niffenegger, I didn’t get the same sense of love in the film, not because of poor acting but because of the lack of detail, there was love there, but it just was not the same.

The thing that I wondered most about when the film was due to be released was how they were going to do the ending of the story. The answer, they didn’t, again, I don’t think it would have been an easy ending to write into a film, but it did disappoint me, because the ending was one of my favourite parts of the book.

I do love the film and would highly recommend it, I have watched it many times, but, for me, the book will always be better, although it normally is!

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