Flickin: The Time Traveler's Wife
"We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment."
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
To say that I waited for the book is an understatement. When I realized that the opening day on the Philippines was the 19th, I blocked all activities on the 21st, a Friday, so I could watch the movie I've been dying to watch. Please feel free to navigate away if you aren't into sappy movies like I am. :D
Clare: Henry, are you married?
Clare: Is she a time-traveler too?
Henry: No. Thank God.
Clare: Do you love her?
Henry: Yes, I love her.
Henry: What’s wrong Clare?
Clare: It’s just that I thought maybe you were married to me.
Yet another adaptation, I was half expecting to NOT like it as much as I did with the book. However, the images of Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana playing the star-crossed lovers were much too overwhelming to not like the movie. Add to that a trailer that had Lifehouse's "Broken" in it and I'm sure to cry. But first the pros/cons:
- The little girl who played Clare Abshire. The cutest! She was exactly as I had imagined and she's got the Mary Janes and the white socks down pat. My favorite scene had to be when she packed all her stuff because she was jealous of Henry's wife. :D
- Rachel Mc Adams and Eric Bana did a great job --- the chemistry was crazy, IMO. Especially in the first few scenes, I kind of wondered, this is rated PG? But that was where it ended so it was well okay.
- Eric Bana. I think he deserves a bullet on his own. His acting was particularly moving. He got Henry down to how he was portrayed in the book --- hulking, gentle, and sort of heroic that I was crying to the very end of the movie [but was hiding it, as ATC was jampacked and did not want to get caught sniffing!]. Before I watched the movie, I thought Gerard Butler would make a perfect Henry. Now that I've watched it, Eric seemed perfect.
- The girl who played Alba is not at all cute. I was kind of expecting she had black curls and really cute but oh well.
- I don't know shit about screenplay adaptations but the dialogues were incredibly boring than they were in the book.
- Where is Ingrid? And her lover?
- While I do love the fact that Charisse was played by a Filipina-Canadian actress, I feel that her [and Gomez's] character was too shallow.
- The ending WAS different! Fine, not different but in the book, it did not quite end in there.
Overall, the movie was heartbreaking, just as it was in the book. For non hardcore readers, the movie is a perfect substitute to the 518 pages -- it's just THAT long for a book, it's okay to skip. But if you'd want to be with Clare and Henry throughout all the ordeals, then read the book first. This is a movie I'd watch over and over again, though. And I'm pretty sure Im'ma cry, too.