Review: About Time



About Time is a sentimental film from director Richard Curtis.

Curtis is the creator of Love, Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. This film feels different than his prior films as Curtis brings his signature voice to new characters played by Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy. Curtis lets us in for just over two hours to share their journey.

Tim Lake (Gleeson) finds out from his father (Nighy) on the day after a New Year’s Eve party that all the men in his family can travel through time. They don’t have the ability to alter events that happened in history outside of their own life.

Tim decides, naturally, that he would use this ability to help his love life and get a girlfriend. It’s not as easy as it seems but after moving to London, he meets Mary (McAdams), who is beautiful but also insecure. She’s a big Kate Moss fan, which will come in handy later on following an unfortunate time-travel incident that erases their first meeting.

After meeting again and again for the first time, he finally wins her over. Tim uses this time-travel superpower to create the perfect priposal, save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, save his friend from a professional disaster, and getting his wife to the hospital to give birth.

Unfortunately for Tim, he can’t escape the sorrows that come with life events. Preventing one event from happening means another event may have never happened at all. Time traveling, as we see in the film, has its limits and can be dangerous for Tim’s life.

Curtis brings is a comedy that deals with love and time travel. Making the best of life does not necessarily need time travel at all.

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