A few weeks ago Joe and I had a much needed date night to attend an advanced screening of the new romantic comedy, About Time.
It looked like a cute movie but to be honest my expectations weren’t too high, mostly because I didn’t know too much about the film. Both Joe and I were blown away by the depth of this movie. The preview comes off as a fun-loving movie about time-travel and love, a theme that seems fairly popular right now, but About Time was so much more. It was captivating, witty, charming and heart-felt. There is so much more to this story than boy meets girl, About Time is more a story of boy meets girl and chooses to live a full life. So often the movie stops at wedding day but this film continues into the beautiful, challenging and life changing everyday that makes life so wonderful.
It’s a feel-good movie without being cheesy or over-reaching, it grips your heart it unexpected way.
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.
Opens Everywhere November 8, 2013
I was provided complimentary tickets to the featured event free of charge but all opinions are 100% mine.