GG at the Movies – The Time Traveler’s Wife

August 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Movies, Reviews

I would not want the ability to time travel to the future – I believe in taking life’s triumphs and trials as they come.  I might, however, want to take a brief trip back to various occasions of my life.  My daughter’s birth was hands down the best day of my life so naturally I wouldn’t mind revisiting that; it might be fun to take a quick trip to when I was a small child too.  I don’t think I’d want to hang around long enough to change anything . . . who knows how much one small occurence could change signficant results.  It could be enlightening, though, to time travel all the way back to an era in history such as the Romantic period just to experience firsthand a piece of what we read about in literature and history texts.

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a movie that lets us fantasize about this if only for a couple of hours.  A librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago (one of my favorite places for professional development, by the way) suffers from a rare genetic disorder that sends him hurtling through time whenever he is under extreme duress.  Despite the fact that he vanishes at frequent and lengthy intervals, Henry attempts to build a stable future with the beautiful young heiress, Claire, whom he loves. Eric Bana (my new crush) and Rachel McAdams star in this fantasy, and they both are very close to the characters I pictured in my head when I read the book.

I read the book by Audrey Niffeneger five years ago and enjoyed it so much that I instantly formed a summer reading group for my senior students to discuss it in-depth.  The endearing love affair between the two protagonists stuck with me long after I read the last chapter.  Yes, the movie does not delve as deep into Claire’s anguish as the book.  It does not even follow Claire to as old of an age as she progresses to in the book.  Regardless, the movie is a tear-jerker romance in its own right. I went to see this on its second night release . . . I heard plenty of sniffles throughout the show, a testament to the believable characters and appealing plot.  Grading Girl gives The Time Traveler’s Wife a solid B for its hug-your-heart, endearing message – that is, true love has no boundaries.  GG says this movie is worth your time!

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2 Responses to “GG at the Movies – The Time Traveler’s Wife”
  1. I was surprised they cut the “It does not even follow Claire to as old of an age as she progresses to in the book” even when he kind of alluded to it when they were house-hunting; at least I thought that was the same scene in the book.

    When they didn’t end with it (it didn’t really fit after the scene they ended with) I hung out until after the credits just in case they decided to run it there (and after the gap, I think it would have worked); but sadly no extra scene.

    My movie review is below with a link to my book review from a few years ago.
    http://garysaid.com/the-time-travelers-wife-movie/

    Gary

    • GradingGirl says:

      Yes, I remember that foreshadow. It was disappointing when they didn’t include the scene but, all in all, it was well done. I agree with your review statement that the characters aged well in the movie – both McAdams and Bana looked believably young and naturally mature. Thank you for the link to your reviews. It’s always very interesting to compare views.

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