I’ve been looking forward to the film version of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time Traveler’s Wife since I heard it announced. My enthusiasm waned a bit when I heard Eric Bana was cast as Henry, because he wasn’t at all how I pictured the character, but I loved the choice of Rachel McAdams as Clare. I debated rereading the book before seeing the film, but figured my chances of enjoying the film were probably better if the book wasn’t as fresh in my mind.
Saturday night, I finally got to see it. I know a lot of people were just “meh” about it, but I actually really liked it. Because it had been more than a few years since I read the book, I didn’t notice any of the differences – and if I did, it wasn’t enough to bother me. And I was pleasantly surprised by Eric Bana – he was wonderful as Henry, in my opinion. The chemistry between the two was tangible, and I believed them as one of the great romantic couples of all time.
I did have one beef, and from reading other reviews, it seems I’m not the only one. I don’t think there was enough effort put into makeup and hair to differentiate between the younger Henrys and the older Henrys.
All in all, I enjoyed the movie – and it was a total tear-jerker. 4 out of 5 bags of popcorn.