The Time Traveler's Wife|
Audrey Niffenegger, Bruce Joel Rubin, and Robert Schwentke, 2009
Worse than the book. I suspect this would have
been a lot more effective had it been filmed as a single television season;
each major development could have had an episode devoted to it. As it
stands, the plot points are crammed into the movie as if it were a Tokyo
subway car, at the expense of any kind of development or depth. Consequent
impact of said plot points: minimal.
Cormac McCarthy, Joe Penhall, and John Hillcoat, 2009
Better than the book, and well suited to be a
feature — as the book was basically plotless, the two hours
cover everything and then some. The movie fits quite nicely into the
tradition of The Day After and
Threads, and on that level I was pleasantly
surprised. The lifeless setting is much better evoked in the film than by
McCarthy's irksome prose, the character of the boy comes through more
clearly, and the themes seemed less objectionable to me. Let me put it this
way: there are moments in the film when we hear a voiceover, the natural
response to which (as in most films) is "shut up, shut up, it's a lot more
effective when you're not talking." Well, the book is basically just
however many hundreds of pages of that voiceover. The fact that in the
movie the guy actually does shut up from time to time makes it the superior
way to experience the story.
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