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The Time Traveler's Wife (DVD)
Member Name: Gemma_C
The Time Traveler's Wife (DVD)
Advantages: The later half of the film was done very well, and it was very emotional.
Disadvantages: The first half of the film is really lacking.
"I won't ever leave you, even though you're always leaving me." -- Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife)
The Time Traveller's Wife is one of my favourite books, despite it reducing me to tears, and when I noticed it had been made into a film I was quite keen to see how it would pan out on the 'big screen.'
The Time Traveller's Wife is about a man named Henry who at any point in time, beyond his control, will suddenly travel back in time. Unfortunately when he does so he leaves his clothes behind and appears in his new location completely naked! He does travel into the future, but this is not as common as him travelling into the past.
Another unfortunate thing is Henry watched his Mother die as a child and will often time travel back to the event, or end up in places where he can see and speak to his Mother, which is obviously very upsetting for him.
Then there's Claire, who randomly approaches him one day, knows his name and acts as if she's known him a long time. Henry is completely confused as he does not recognise this woman, and apologetically explains this. Claire then however explains she's been waiting for this day a long time, and he mentioned not to act too over board when it happens as he won't know her. She invites him out for dinner so they can discuss this and so it begins, the most weird love story I have ever read!
Turns out Henry will later time travel back to Claire as a small child playing in a meadow, and they build a friendship as he keeps ending up back there as she grows older. Confused yet? Well the book was certainly quite confusing but I believe they did manage to put this across in a film rather well!
Personally I did not enjoy the first half of the film. I usually enjoy watching Rachel McAdams and believe her to be a very good actress, but the first half of this film she comes across far too 'girly' and it honestly starts out as a stereotypical romantic comedy, with a slight twist. I was dismayed at first, believeing them to have completely ruined a great book, but thankfully the film took a good turn. I feel that Eric Bana played a good character, however it's let down by the character of Claire. They also seem to have a good giggle everytime Henry vanishes, and it's always some amusing event making the watching audience laugh, again feeling far too much like a typical rom com!
Indeed the later part of the film was much better, it becomes more serious as one day a time travelling Henry appears in front of them which gives them quite a shock... leading them to deal with something any normal couple would not have to cope with. Claire and Henry's relationship becomes even more strained as the film goes on, as the time travelling becomes more tiresome for the couple, no longer a laughable event.
I believe McAdams and Bana played out the later scenes of the film brilliantly, and it was very emotional to watch. I cried at the book so I had a feeling I would be crying at the film, however for the last half an hour of the film or so I kept blinking away tears, and there are some very emotional scenes!
I also don't think that Claire and Henry's close friend Gomez played a big role compared to in the book, but of course there is only so much they can squeeze into a film and so his character was kept quite into the distance.
Overall whilst it started off slow, the believe the later part of the film was much better to watch. Get your tissues at the ready as the final few scenes are rather emotional!
Summary: A good film but I urge everyone to read the book first!