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Old 06-22-2009, 05:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Time Traveler's Wife - Movie?

After I read The Time Traveler's wife, given to me by a good friend, I was kind of hoping there would be a movie of it. Just the complication of creating something like what was in the book, seemed fascinating. But though the book is dark and depressing at times, the trailer for the movie (to be released in August) left me quite disappointed, because it seemed all sunny and carefree. There are references to the difficult moments of the book, but only a very skimmed attempt at it. I'm tempted to watch it, but feel that from the casting to the way it has been filmed, that I will be let down. Anybody else like the book? Will you be watching the film? Why do all good books get ruined by their filmic counterparts? I feel the same way about the movie for 'Love in the Time of Cholera'. Great book, average movie. Damn it.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't imagine the film will capture the book very well. That said, I am sure the trailer is just playing on the lighter side of the story. I can't imagine how you could drop the dark stuff without completely destroying the story.
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, that's a bad trailer!

I can only imagine this will be one of a few trailers, each edited differently to target a different audience who hasn't read the book. Obviously, this one is for the family-values crowd who likes traditional happy end-romances. You know, like this one:



Later (I hope) we'll see one focusing on the sort-of thriller and paranormal aspect (young male audience) and then most importantly, a balanced trailer that better reflects the book.

I've seen this happen before and remain optimistic.
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