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At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. (via IMDb).
What I Liked
- I’m not going to pretend that I am not a Richard Curtis fan, because I am. I like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Love Actually, all to varying degrees, and I think that his style of films are entertaining to me. They are never going to win Oscars, but they are funny, they are sad, and they are enjoyable, as far as I am concerned. So I never thought I wasn’t going to enjoy About Time as much as I enjoyed its predecessors. It’s a romantic comedy, with likable characters, and it was a very pleasant way to spend 123 minutes.
- Domhnall Gleeson is a star; I truly believe that. He is just so completely watchable, and he carries this film perfectly. Tim is awkward and geeky, but he’s lovable and he’s attractive, and you completely believe that Rachel McAdam’s Mary would fall in love with him.
- The rest of the cast are amazing too. Tom Hollander steals every scene he is in, which is frankly the case in every film he appears in. Bill Nighy, also never not amazing, is beautifully cast as Gleeson’s dad, and he brings his effortless cool to the role. Rachel McAdams does slightly quirky girl-next-door perfectly.
- Bellowhead pop up during the ‘Falling in Love’ montage as buskers in the underground station. Obviously, when I say Bellowhead, I mean Jon Boden and Sam Sweeney of Bellowhead, because to have the whole of the band in an underground station would be ludicrous. Anyway, obviously Bellowhead are amazing, and their version of How Long Will I Love You is lovely.
- The film made me cry, a lot. Without giving too much away, I have a bit of a flash point when it comes to terminally ill parents (terminally ill anyone, really, but parents especially), and I watched this in a week when my emotions were running a bit high anyway. Truth be known, I probably would have cried if it had been any week in the year, but I sobbed. This might not seems like an obvious thing to put into a ‘What I Liked’ column, but I love crying at a film, especially if I’m at home.
What I Didn’t Like
- I don’t really see the point in nitpicking over the time travel issues in a time travel film. Unless you are making a film like Primer, where you go out of your way to make the time travel actually scientifically accurate (insofar as time travel can be scientifically accurate without being scientifically possible), there are always going to be paradoxes, and an agreement between the audience and the film not to delve too deeply has to exist. About Time gets around the issues to a certain extent by saying that the men can’t travel outside of their own timeline, and so Tim can’t go back and stop JFK being shot, for example. Therefore, although I have put this point into ‘What I Didn’t Like’, the truth is, I don’t care about the intricacies of time travel in the film. I don’t care if there are inaccuracies, or paradoxes, because ultimately, it’s an entertaining and poignant story.
Why Should I See This Film?
If you’re a fan of Richard Curtis, there’s very little chance that you won’t enjoy this film. It’s a romantic comedy with a father-son relationship at its heart, and wonderful performances by Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy (with a scene-stealing turn by Tom Hollander). It will probably make you cry, it will almost definitely make you laugh, and it’s just nice. It’s no hardship to watch nice films from time to time.