Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happily Surprised


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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10 comments:

The Peach Tart said...

I've read mixed reviews here but really want to see it for myself. Thanks for the review.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Cool review. I wasn't actually a huge fan of the book when I read it, but figure I'll catch the movie when it comes to cable or On-Demand! Glad you enjoyed!

nan said...

I've got to get out and see Julia and Julia! Everyone I know whose seen it has really enjoyed it. I haven't yet read The Time Traveler's Wife, so that film will have to wait until after I've read the book (Nan's rule!)

Tammy Howard said...

I am anxious to see both movies, but my schedule has been loony. Hopefully next week...

Dorkys Ramos said...

I was just talking about this movie with my sis and then with my coworker. We weren't sure if we'd see it, but thanks for the review. Eric Bana is pretty damn good-looking!

ttjenkins said...

I loved that book too and had very low expectations for the movie but was also pleasantly surprised. I still don't understand why Hollywood changes certain things but don't want to say too much and ruin it for anyone. Definately worth seeing!

Anita said...

I was the movie queen this past weekend, seeing both of your recent views. Hanging head in shame, I did not read The Time Travelers Wife, but I enjoyed the movie. A friend with me had seen it and explained some things that were hard to follow, but I did think it was done well.
Seeing his naked bum was just a bonus!

Miss Lady Grey said...

I want to see the movie, but everyone keeps telling me to read the book instead. But, after your comments about Eric Bana, I'm definitely going to the movie now! (I like him too!)

Kay said...

Loved the book... want to see the movie with my boyfriend this weekend if time allows.... thanks for the heads up that it is better than it first looks!

Sue Jackson said...

There have been so many great girl movies out this summer, and I haven't seen any of them! The Time Traveler's is one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME! I just have to find time to go see the movie. Thanks for the review!

Sue

 

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