Feb 3, 2011


A few years ago, I read and really enjoyed The Time Traverler's Wife.  It sucked me in, chewed me up, and spit me out so completely.  And while that may not sound pleasant, sometimes that's exactly the kind of book you need.

I knew they made a movie of it and I knew I should probably avoid that movie.  My resolve was good...until it wasn't.  So I watched the film version - with my boy who had also read the book a few years ago when I thrust it into his hands and commanded that he give it a try.  (He admitted to remembering very little of the novel even though he'd liked it.)

Eric Bana was miserabley painful to watch.  The man emotes like a rock.  I'm also peeved with some of the changes.  I'm not a purist - I think generally that films adapted from books need adjustments.  Not everything that works on the page can be done well in a film.  However, the changes they made in this one seemed like downgrades.  Most specifically, I'm looking at you final scene of the film.  I wanted that pay-off and I feel pretty cheated.


  1. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the very few people who hates this book. It was painful for me to finish it but I did! And I hope to not have to read it again. LOL

  2. I really liked the book and good gawd the movie was B-A-D! Eric Bana IS miserably painful! I'm
    definitely not purist either ("About a Boy" was a much better movie than book) but there was no heart to the movie.

    Side note: we have recently come to appreciate the movie "Funny People" and I love the scene when Leslie Mann goes off on Eric Bana in a bad Aussie accent "Oy mate!"