“About Time” Review!

           

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 “About Time” did not disappoint for one moment and is one of the most enjoyable films I have seen all year. It is not just another “rom-com” but a film with substance and heart.  This is a movie to share with someone you care about.

Written and directed by Richard Curtis from “Love Actually”.  Even those who were not overly fond of “Love Actually” (perhaps due to the superfluous overlapping storylines) will enjoy this film.  We meet a young man shortly before his 21st birthday; he is somewhat awkward around girls.  His father unveils the family secret that males in their family are able to time travel.  From there of course the story could go anyway (or nowhere).  Time travel can indeed be a tad tricky in the narrative landscape with paradoxes and loopholes or just convoluted nonsense but though the intricate About Timeconcept was simplified and served its purpose well here.  Perfect?  No.  Curtis manages to limit the time travel to very specific parameters.  The results are still hilarious, awkward and heartwarming moments with friends, family and of course, the sought after girlfriend(s).

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson are adorable together.  You can feel the connection and root for them every step of the way.  Surprisingly, the relationship between Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy (son-father) was just as important to Tim, our main character.  The father and son angle to this film was unique and downright gut-wrenching and uplifting simultaneously.  Perhaps the best part.

See this film.  Bring friends and family….and tissues.

Written by Kim Harvey

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