Yesterday I blogged about the movie Julie and Julia, which I saw a couple of weekends ago. Well, this past weekend I saw The Time Traveler's Wife with my friend Colleen. Colleen and I had each read the book awhile ago and we were both excited about seeing the movie. I went in with low expectations, but Colleen was more optimistic.
I am happy to report that I was happily surprised! I thought the movie was actually pretty good. I had heard some not so great reviews about the movie as compared to the book. And the trailers for the movie really made it look like a sappy romance. This is what I was worried about. The book is so amazing and such a complex and creative story I was afraid that the movie would total butcher it. But it didn't. I will admit that I read this book a long time ago and don't remember a lot of the details, but I do remember that Audrey Niffenegger had written a very intriguing story about travel time. And not the usual time travel story of someone traveling back in time or to the future. The Time Traveler's Wife tells the story of a man who time travels within his own life. That is a very unique and creative take on time travel and time travel stories. And Niffenegger weaves a complex and multi-layered story. And the movie did a good job with that, I thought. Colleen, who has a much better memory of the book than I do, did notice some plot changes and differences between the book and movie, but she still liked the movie and thought it was a pretty good representation of the book.
In any case, I'm glad I saw it. And I'm glad I didn't let my low expectations keep me from seeing the movie. Oh, and one other thing. Eric Bana stars in this movie. Did I mention that I LOVE Eric Bana. Well, I do. I had heard that you get to see his naked behind TWICE in this movie. Bonus. Well, that's not EXACTLY right. You get to see his naked buns THREE times! What's not to love about that!
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