The Time Traveler’s wife: a complicated relationship

The endearing story of The Time Travelers Wife stars Eric Bana as the chronologically displaced Henry Detamble and Rachel McAdams as His wife Claire.

The Time Traveler’s Wife stars Eric Bana as the chronologically displaced Henry Detamble and Rachel McAdams as His wife Claire. The endearing but sometimes complicated relationship between Clair and Henry translates reasonably well to the big screen.

The Time Traveler’s Wife was my absolute favorite book during the first summer after its initial release. By that time, the novel was available in paperback and I had the good fortune to find a copy at a local used bookstore. I say good fortune because the book was on everybody’s reading list that year. The Time Traveler’s Wife had actually become difficult to find in an inexpensive paperback format. Our local Barnes & Noble had been out of any print edition of the book for nearly a month.

“There is no such thing as a perfect adaptation”.

I loved this story dearly and I wasn’t sure how well it would be translated to the big screen. I was prepared for disappointment. Another of my favorite books, The Lovely Bones, had not fared well in its theatrical adaptation.

The overall plot of the movie is somewhat hurried with some key events seeming to be out of context or poorly explained. That’s to be expected from any film adaptation of a novel. Peter Jackson (The Lovely Bones) said that there is no such thing as a perfect adaptation. I guess Time Traveler’s Wife is ‘close enough’.

The Time Traveler’s Wife based on the much loved novel by Audrey Niffenegger is now available on DVD. I can’t believe I forgot to post an entry about seeing this film in theaters. If you are a fan of the novel you will no doubt feel that some of the ‘magic’ is missing from the film version, but all things considered I recommend this as a good ‘date night’ dvd.

If you like Audrey Niffenegger’s writing, you may also enjoy Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel