The Time Traveler’s Wife – Movie Guest Review

I was unable to attend Tuesday’s advance screening of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” as we were traveling home from vacation, but my coworker Katie went in my stead and was kind enough to write down her thoughts about the movie for us.  Thanks, Katie!

If you’re anything like me, I’m sure at one time or another you’ve wondered what it would be like to travel through time. Imagine traveling to the future and having some of your biggest questions answered, or traveling to the past and reliving some of the defining moments of your life. It was this sense of curiosity that led me to read “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” when Jen suggested it. I remember being utterly confused the first part of the book as I tried to wrap my brain around Henry’s (the main character) ability to time travel and simultaneously be with his past or future self. I was captivated by the love story that developed as Claire met Henry when she was a little girl and carried that love with her as an adult, never knowing when she would finally meet Henry in the present. I remember being unable to put the book down and not wanting the book to end.
So I was thrilled when I found out the book had been made into a movie. I couldn’t wait to relive the story. For the most part I was not disappointed. The movie portrayed the complexity of two characters in love and yet torn apart by something that was beyond their control. You could sense the Henry’s as he was unable to control when he time traveled, how long he would be gone for, and where he would go. This anguish was only compounded by his love for Claire and his desire to make a life with her. We see Claire from the time she’s a child falling in love with Henry, this strange man who comes and goes from the future. In the movie one of my favorite characters was Claire as a young child with her independent spirit and inquisitive nature. I laughed out loud during a scene where the young Claire gets upset when she finds out that Henry from the future is married and tells him in all seriousness that she thought that Henry would marry her. As a viewer I relished in knowing what young Claire did not yet know; she would marry Henry.
I must admit that the movie left me wanting more story development. The first thirty minutes or so of the film seemed so rushed. Within the first couple of scenes we meet Henry and Claire in the present and before we know it they’re married. Their history isn’t introduced until later in the film, which would make it a little confusing for people who hadn’t read the book. I missed seeing more about their families and the different ways that their parents and relationship with their parents (or lack there of) shaped them as adults. One tender moment in the film is when Henry travels to the past and is able to have a conversation with his mom, who is dead in the present. Again, you could sense the character’s anguish as he loved someone so deeply only to lose them to death. The theme of death comes around again as Henry has a preview of the future which foretells his own death. Once again he must come to terms with the fact that he will have to say goodbye to the ones he has allowed himself to love – Claire and Alba (his daughter). I really liked the last half of the movie and was a little disappointed as it felt like it ended just as it was really starting to get good. Overall I enjoyed the movie and it left me wanting to go back to read the book for all of the details that were not included in the movie.

TTTW Poster If you’re anything like me, I’m sure at one time or another you’ve wondered what it would be like to travel through time. Imagine traveling to the future and having some of your biggest questions answered, or traveling to the past and reliving some of the defining moments of your life. It was this sense of curiosity that led me to read “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” when Jen suggested it. I remember being utterly confused the first part of the book as I tried to wrap my brain around Henry’s (the main character) ability to time travel and simultaneously be with his past or future self. I was captivated by the love story that developed as Claire met Henry when she was a little girl and carried that love with her as an adult, never knowing when she would finally meet Henry in the present. I remember being unable to put the book down and not wanting the book to end.

So I was thrilled when I found out the book had been made into a movie. I couldn’t wait to relive the story. For the most part I was not disappointed. The movie portrayed the complexity of two characters in love and yet torn apart by something that was beyond their control. You could sense Henry’s as he was unable to control when he time traveled, how long he would be gone for, and where he would go. This anguish was only compounded by his love for Claire and his desire to make a life with her. We see Claire from the time she’s a child falling in love with Henry, this strange man who comes and goes from the future. In the movie one of my favorite characters was Claire as a young child with her independent spirit and inquisitive nature. I laughed out loud during a scene where the young Claire gets upset when she finds out that Henry from the future is married and tells him in all seriousness that she thought that Henry would marry her. As a viewer I relished in knowing what young Claire did not yet know; she would marry Henry.

I must admit that the movie left me wanting more story development. The first thirty minutes or so of the film seemed so rushed. Within the first couple of scenes we meet Henry and Claire in the present and before we know it they’re married. Their history isn’t introduced until later in the film, which would make it a little confusing for people who hadn’t read the book. I missed seeing more about their families and the different ways that their parents and relationship with their parents (or lack there of) shaped them as adults. One tender moment in the film is when Henry travels to the past and is able to have a conversation with his mom, who is dead in the present. Again, you could sense the character’s anguish as he loved someone so deeply only to lose them to death. The theme of death comes around again as Henry has a preview of the future which foretells his own death. Once again he must come to terms with the fact that he will have to say goodbye to the ones he has allowed himself to love – Claire and Alba (his daughter). I really liked the last half of the movie and was a little disappointed as it felt like it ended just as it was really starting to get good. Overall I enjoyed the movie and it left me wanting to go back to read the book for all of the details that were not included in the movie.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” movie is being released TODAY, Friday, August 14th.

12 comments to The Time Traveler’s Wife – Movie Guest Review

  • Nice review! I always feel like this with movies that come from books. They never can quite match up and it feels like something is missing.
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  • I’ve been stalling on setting a time to go see this movie, because I’m so worried what it will do to the book. Thanks for your review though, I don’t feel so nervous about it anymore. =)
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  • Nice review, this is one of my all time favourite books I’ve ever read. So I’m boycotting the movie like the plague. I know I’ll pick at every angle and scene or lack there of and don’t want the book to be ruined for me.

    I love the story of how love and friendship is a timeless thing, and how we use or time together to make it count so it looks like they sorta did that, but I still don’t think it will ever do the book justice in my eyes.

    But your review does make it seem they did their best to keep some of that in. Thanks again.
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  • I totally agree. The book was SO SO good and it would have been impossible for the movie to completely portray the novel. After getting over the initial whiplash from the first scenes of the movie, I could get into the characters and plot. I think that the casting, set design, wardrobe, etc. was great and very appealing to watch. The actress who played young Claire was SO SWEET!
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  • Thanks Katie for sharing your views about the movie. I too love this book and look forward to seeing it in the movie theater soon.
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  • Great review. I haven’t read the book yet, and at this point, think I’ll wait until after I see the movie.
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  • Macophile

    I really want to see this one! The book was great, so I am hoping the movie does hold up. :)

  • It is a great review, but I cannot see it until I’ve read the book. I know I’m the last person on earth to read it, but I KNOW I will be ruined if I see the movie first. Even though I think Rachel McAdams is way perfect.
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  • I loved, loved, loved the book but I haven’t seen the movie yet. I am usually disappointed by movies when I’ve loved the book, but not always. I will definitely be watching the movie at some point.

    Nice review.
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  • That was a great review! Thank you it’s the first I’ve read. We are not getting it here in Australia for a few months yet but I’m looking forward to it.

  • Great review! I haven’t read the book but I’m looking forward to reading it as well as watching the movie!!
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  • Lauren

    After reading the book the movie was sooooo disappointing. I know no move lives up to the book, but the relationship in the book had a nice development, where it felt forced in the movie. Also, there were a couple of key plot lines in the book that were completely left out. I kept waiting for those scenes, and the movie felt empty without them.