Friday, October 25, 2013
Movie review: Rom-com About Time is sweet without being too mushy
Men may still want to skip it, though.
Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) is living a fairly ordinary life until, at the age of 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him that he, like the men in his family before him, can travel in time. The revelation is at first unbelievable, but after a simple test he realizes it is real and now he has to decide what to do with his amazing gift.
For Tim “it was always going to be about love.” Things don’t exactly go as he imagines when he first starts his journey through time to find love. Eventually, however, he meets the beautiful and insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). He loves her from the start and after a few mishaps of time he wins her love too. Tim uses his gift to make their life as happy as he can. There are some things that his time travel cannot do and some things it can drastically change if he isn’t careful. Ultimately Tim realizes that his gift has given him the opportunity of a life time – to cherish every day as if he was out of time.
The movie also stars Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Richard Cordery, Joshua McGuire, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Will Merrick, Vanessa Kirby, Tom Hughes, Clemmie Dugdale, Harry Hadden-Paton, Mitchell Mullen, Lisa Eichhorn, Nathasha Powell and Catherine Steadman.
RATING7/10 stars — You will feel both joy and pain as you watch a man’s life unfold before your eyes.
About Time, directed by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually, Pirate Radio), is a film that will melt anyone’s heart – man or woman ... OK, mostly women – with its quirky charm and sweet story, but it certainly won’t be marked as the best of Curtis’ films in my humble opinion. Curtis set the bar high with his list of romantic comedies, particularly Love Actually. He certainly reaches for it with About Time, but there are elements that make this one come up a bit short. The story is a bit old hat. The time travel thing has been done more than once. Granted, he makes it more about family than simple romantic love, which is nice but still has a stale feeling at times. The second pitfall for me was the length. Sure the landscape of England is beautiful, but did we need to see so much of it? I didn’t think the sweeping scenic views added much to the film. Without them we could have certainly saved some "time," pun intended. The mush of the love story can be a bit much for those who aren’t fans of romantic comedies i.e. Notting Hill and Love Actually. So just keep that in mind.
Now if you do love the romance, there is plenty here for you. I think awkward and quirky Domhnall and McAdams make and adorable pair. They have great chemistry, which is great. This chemistry is what keeps the film from sinking into the deep dark of romantic comedies gone bad. Nighy is strange as ever, but it works in a family of characters who are all a little weird. When you mix all the characters together and some fun scripting, you get some great moments that will make you laugh and even feel a little sad. As a woman, I thoroughly enjoyed this film and recommend that all our female readers check it out; just leave the guys at home.
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