Time Traveler's Wife
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Romantic fantasy drama based on the bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger. Eric Bana stars as Chicago librarian Henry DeTamble, who is born with a genetic disorder that causes him involuntarily to time travel when he becomes stressed. This means that he often drops out of the present for long periods of time, causing his ongoing and deeply passionate romance with the love of his life, artist Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams), to run into all kinds of difficult complexities.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 17.2 cm; 83.16 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : EBR5139
- Studio : Eiv
- ASIN : B002SKM7S8
- Number of discs : 1
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Inevitably, you couldn't possibly have the whole 500+ pages of the book redone as a film, so some material had to be left out. I vote one out of two for this retelling. Firstly, and thankfully, in the book there is a horribly misplaced and unnecessary sex scene on a kitchen table which doesn't appear in the film. I'm no prude, but when I got to that, thankfully, very small part of the book, I was more than a little surprised, because nothing else in the book had that smutty tone. (It was almost as though somebody in the editorial department had said to Niffenegger that they needed just a little spice to help it sell. It was completely out of place, and I was pleased to see that it wasn't shown in the film.)
On the minus side, the ending in the book was so, so much better than the film; I had to reread it just to make sure I'd not made it all up.
That said, it's a wonderful film, and I'd seriously recommend it to anyone who has a heart and likes a drop of time travel. I'd say as a word of caution to anyone who has neither read the book nor seen the film, that you'd possibly be better off reading the book first, as the time sequences could be a little confusing in the film; the book spells it all out and, after getting used to the presentation, everything seems quite normal.
Oddly, even after reading the book, this film left me with one question that I needed answering: whatever happened next with Alba? I know with Starman they made a TV mini series - I felt this could also have been done with this material.
The only major niggle is that there is a lot missing, by this I mean both cuts from the book and a lot of other things that could have been included and as a result the film is a tad jumpy pace wise. Although having watched this with someone who hadn't read the book its not as noticeable as one may think.