Ok, yes, I finally got round to reading the book that my Mum has been wanting me to read for a while now. Mainly because I knew about the movie coming out, mainly because lately I've been reading anything I can get my hands on.
And it was such a beautifully tragic story.
Normally I tend to avoid tragedies, as I'm an emotional wimp when it comes to anything sad. Stories should have happy endings where love conquers all and the bad guys get punished, etc.
The first section of the book was magical. The idea that you could meet your husband from the future when you're only 6, and the whole relationship that began because of Henry meeting Clare was the best part. The second and third parts kept me up reading till gone 5am this morning, bawling my eyes out. (Seriously, I have cried more in this month than I have all year. It's just getting ridiculous now!)
And then, as I couldn't stand to wait to see the film at the end of the month with my Mum, I went to see it today. (I must be a masochist...) And I was amazed that by the end of the movie, there wasn't one person (except a few of the guys) who wasn't crying.
I loved the opening and ending shots of the bubbles of colour. It really reminded me of when you start and finish a book, and there are so many things that are just waiting to happen. I sympathised with Henry more in the film, I think, because you saw what he had to deal with when he travelled to a different time, and how he had to cope with watching himself, and his mother die. Rachel McAdams was brilliant as Clare; bubbly and beautiful and you could tell just by watching her look at Eric Bana that there was good chemistry between the two. Alba was beyond cute, and it was clever how they got her little sister in real life to play her younger self :)
I think I could go on a bit more, but I really don't want to ruin it any more by breaking it down to analyse. Overall, it was a beautiful film that really made you believe Henry's condition and trials that he had to accomplish to have a relatively normal life.
Thank you Audrey Niffenegger for writing such a fantastically real book, and well done Eric, Rachel and ther rest of the cast for an amazing and faithful reproduction of her work.
Now I have to go restock my tissue collection. Thanks guys! XD
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