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The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life - so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. From filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral), About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
For more than three decades, filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) has crafted his signature voice in the world of movies and television, giving audiences unforgettable characters who have alternately allowed us to laugh at our ever-so-human foibles and to share a tear at the extraordinary journeys that accompany our ordinary lives.
Now, with About Time, Curtis gives us his most personal film to date.
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.
Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches and to save his best friend from professional disaster. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, too.
About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
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Tim Lake, played by Domhnall Gleeson, is living at home in Cornwall with his parents Bill Nighy, as dad and Lindsay Duncan, as his mother. Quite an eccentric family, including his sister Kit Kat, played by Lydia Wilson. He is just starting his professional life, he considers himself, "too tall, too skinny and too orange", but to most of us, just right. Tim is leaving for London when his father tells him a family secret: Once they turn 21, the men in the family acquire the ability to travel back in time, a power that comes with its own logic and rules. This does seem like overkill, but it is the one true thing that holds this film together, other than the exquisite acting. Tim can go back to moments in his own life and become more sexy, and more sensitive.
Tim meets the love of his life, Mary, played by Rachel McAdams, and off they go into life. The rest of the film seemed to overlong to me, rather sentimental, but quite lively, all in all. A good film for the family, over 15, and a good date night film. Any film with Bill Nighy is a good one. Rachel McAdams and, new to me, Domhhall Gleeson, carry the film quite well.
Recommended. prisrob 02-06-14
Tim (Gleeson) is a mildly nerdy but totally lovable guy stumbling through life until his father (Bill Nighy) reveals a deep and shocking family secret. All the men in the family have the ability to time travel. They can only go back in time and only to events in their actual life. They can't go back and change history but can redirect events in their own lives. There can be a comparison to GROUNDHOG DAY but ABOUT TIME takes a different direction as Tim mostly uses time travel to enhance his romantic life and always with the best of intentions.
Life changes for Tim when he meets lovely Mary (Rachel McAdams) in a dating in the dark event in a pub. Cool idea. Two couples sitting in the dark and talking without seeing what each other looks like. Needless to say a warm love story ensues. McAdams is always lovely and Gleeson's pleasant gangly looks endear him to the audience. Tim loses Mary's number so time travel to the rescue to meet her again.
Travelling back to the near past, Tim already knows Mary but she is a stranger to him, so he has to act carefully. Their first night together, Tim feels awkward so he can go back in time twice to improve his performance. The third time is a charm and the idea is hilarious. Tim makes an occasional trip back in time to tweak an event such as who should be his best man. A trip too far back in time to help his troubled sister changes the present in a shocking and unexpected way. Be careful with that time travel.
ABOUT TIME is a great rainy day film to enjoy with a loved one or when you just are on your own and want a "lift" after a run day. Sometimes we just need a happy and fun film with no major conflicts or troublesome character. ABOUT TIME is pure fun and delight. If there is one flaw, it's simply that this nice film could have even been better with more humor and time travel. As it is, ABOUT TIME is a delightful sweet film.