I was a bit scared going to see About Time in the theater based on some of the Rotten Tomato reviews out there. However after seeing the film I can honestly say, what in the hell were those bad reviews about? This is a great movie. If you want to get into the technicalities about the plot, yeah maybe there is a hole in there, but if you think about the “science” behind the whole time travel thing then you are thinking way too much about the story. This is a story about family, relationships and love. It comes to us from the the Director that did Love Actually; Richard Curtis. So if you are looking at a tear jerking romantic comedy you came to the right place.
Honestly it has a lot more to offer than your normal romantic comedies. It is a movie about finding the girl, pursuing the girl and landing the girl. It takes a couple twists and turns along the way in this pursuit of love.
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, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road.
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.
Beyond this being a love story it is an absolute tug at your heartstrings film with a message. The message isn’t preachy but if you do get the message it is to simply make the most out of every day. You don’t need time travel if you live life to the fullest every day. I felt like a better person walking out of the theater, and that says a lot. Rachel McAdams is absolutely adorable as the love interest. Domhnall Gleeson brings out the inner awkward nerd in love for every male that has fumbled through getting the girl. Bill Nighy pulls off a superb performance as the hip loving father. Tom Hollander channels his inner tortured artist just enough to add an air of pessimism to a film that might have been a bit too sickly sweet without him. The part of Tim’s sister Kit Kat played by Lydia Wilson was just okay for me. She did a great job in the role but her character could have been brought more to the forefront as her story kind of gets lost in the mix. Uncle D, played by Richard Cordery steals more than a couple scenes with perfect comic timing. The cast together was absolutely stellar and worked very well. As far as plot holes, the technical aspects and morality of time travel goes, this film isn’t about that. It’s just a movie that makes you walk out of the theater happy.