Just saw this today.
First things first - I've been waiting for literally 4 years for this. I finished reading the book in December 2005 and have been waiting since then for this to be made into a movie.
Went to see it today. It was amazing, amazing, amazing. Honestly, I really really love the book and was so afraid they might ruin it, but they really didn't.
The casting was perfect. Rachel McAdams as Claire could not have been cast better, and even though I was hesitant at first about Eric Bana being Henry, it just made sense when I finally saw it. I'm so glad it wasn't Jennifer Aniston/Brad Pitt, even though I think Brad Pitt could have been a decent Henry.
Yeah, they cut out a whole lot of the book's sub-plots... I feel like saying about 70% of the book was missing, but the book was so intricate and at 500 pages, they managed to fit the main plots without the movie being a bore.
Also - the slightly altered ending didn't make me as angry as I thought it would. While I love the book's ending, and it was the only book that's ever made me really cry, in the sense of the movie it worked out. If they had kept the original plot ofit would have just been WAY too depressing, on a My Sister's Keeper scale. I liked that the ending of the movie was still really depressing but wasn't so bad.Spoiler:
I JUST WANTED TO RAVE ABOUT THIS MOVIE BECAUSE I'M SO HAPPY THEY DIDN'T COMPLETELY FUCK IT UP.