I finally watched The Time Traveler’s Wife the other day. I had put it off since I’m a huge fan of the book and — I’m not going to lie — the translation to movie worried me. This is also why I was ready to go right out and see Eat Pray Love but put on the brakes and decided waiting for the DVD might make some sense in case I have to run screaming from the room. In such a case, some privacy might be in order. But I digress.
The basic idea of the movie is this: Henry, a time traveler, has a wife. What would that be like if your husband just poofed and went to another place and time? He might be gone for a few minutes, a few days or a few weeks. Would he even come home? I get irritated if the husband leaves the house to get milk and doesn’t tell me. Personally, I don’t think I have the makings of a time traveler’s wife, but learning about Claire (wife) was fascinating and in fact, she gets a little irritated about it all herself. The point being, this is all pretty complicated stuff to work into a two-hour movie but director Robert Schwentke did a fantastic job. There were a few shortcuts and artistic licenses used but it was amazing to me how well the movie really captured the mood and even the look of what I had pictured when reading the story.
Some of my other favorite books to movies include:
Black Hawk Down
The book was incredible, as was the movie. Both are tough to get through since everyone knows how it ends, but well worth it. Eric Bana is also in this one which is completely coincidental. Seriously. I mean it!
All of the Lord of the Rings Movies
I thought Peter Jackson and crew did a terrific job picking what to keep and what had to be left out, even if I was slightly cranky with the new take on Strider.
Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
Return of the King
All of them. I can’t help myself!
If you want to see more, we created a list a while back.