About Time – Movie Review
Director: Richard Curtis
Writers: Richard Curtis
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander
What would you do if you had all the time in the world?
About Time answers that question. It’s the most adorable time-travel romantic comedy you are ever likely to see. It’s positively precious.
This is the story of Tim Lake. At twenty-one, he learns one heck of a family secret: the men in his family can travel back in time! He can’t change major historical events, just his own life. But his life suddenly becomes more fun, as he now goes back and re-does those awkward moments, handling them way better the second time around. Don’t you wish you could do that?
The mechanics of the time travel aren’t well explained, nor the ability of Tim and his dad to experience periods of time over and over again without aging excessively, but if you can get past that–the movie really, really works. It lives and dies on the quirky cast of characters, and the wonderful performances that bring them to life.
It also plays with the idea that if you go back and fix something, you might well break something else . . . even the most well-meaning of people can mess things up, and About Time gives some interesting examples. There’s a remarkable amount of philosophy stuffed into a lightweight romantic comedy.
It’s absolutely delightful when you see scenes played out multiple times with different variants, until Tim gets it just right. He doesn’t stop any wars, but he does make people laugh–making their day a little brighter, and does his part to improve the lives of his friends and family.
Nerds will really appreciate how his dad chooses to spend all the time he has . . . while Tim uses his ability to try to improve his love life. One must have one’s priorities.
Front and center is Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Tim, well-meaning and earnest, and the people he’s closest to: Bill Nighy as his dad; and Rachel McAdams as Mary, the love of his life.
Orbiting around them are Tim’s troubled sister (Lydia Wilson), his forgetful Uncle D (Richard Cordery) and his closest friends and colleagues, populating this unforgettable, yet entirely ordinary, world. Tim could be your neighbor, or your co-worker, or your college roommate. Or that fellow that looks familiar, but you just can’t place . . .
Recommended for those who enjoy science-fictiony time travel stories and time paradoxes, and don’t mind when a good bit of romance is mixed in.
Written By Elektra Hammond