Film directed and written by Richard Curtis
Reviewed for MuggleNet.com
From the previews, About Time looks like nothing more than a
standard romantic comedy with the obvious obstacles – young love,
meeting the parents of the one you love, overcoming embarrassing moments
when your significant other meets your friends who have no filter…
About Time is so much more than a romantic comedy. In his first romantic lead role, Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley
in Harry Potter) charms the audience with his awkward portrayal of Tim,
a pale, ginger-haired young man just waiting for his life to start.
When Tim turns 21, his father reveals a secret about the male members of
their family, passed down through generations: they can travel through
time. Immediately, one begins to think about all that we could do if we
had such a power – what would you change about your life if you could?
Tim is no exception. He uses his new power to erase his responses to
various moments in his life, allowing himself to not only take back the
moments that seem to be the most embarrassing, but to also give himself
the boldness to react the way he wants to without fear. Unafraid, Tim
seeks out opportunities in his life that he might otherwise not have
experienced – taking a chance on love, altering history for his loved
ones in order to turn negative experiences into positive ones, and along
the way he discovers what is truly important in his life.
The entire cast is truly enjoyable – Bill Nighy is always a delight
to watch and his role in this film is what grounds the entire premise of
the film. The chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Domhnall will give
hope to nerdy gingers the world over. I would not be surprised if
this movie launches Domhnall permanently into the role of a romantic
lead – he comes across as relatable and completely adorable, and I’m not
just saying that because I have a thing for gingers.
The guy can act! On a small side note for the Harry Potter
fans, Richard Griffiths appears in an uncredited role in the film, one
of his last roles before he passed away last March. Now, I can’t go into
any more detail about the film itself without spoiling the movie for
you, so I won’t. What I will say however, is that the movie is funny,
quirky, and deeply emotional. This is a movie, literally and
figuratively, about time. It reminds us all that time is fleeting and to
make the most of it, even those who secretly have the power to time
travel. Most of all, Tim and his time-traveling father reveal to us the
ultimate secret to a happy life.
You’ll have to watch the movie to learn what the secret is! Go out and see it today!