About Time (2013) Review

When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in his family have the ability to go back in time, he immediately laughs it off. But when he travels back to one night on New Years Eve, he then realizes his abilities. Tim then takes initiative to use his abilities to gain the one thing he desires….a girlfriend. In this process he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), after a few awkward encounters, Tim finally manages to win her heart. But in the process, he also learns there some things in life that cannot be changed.

Director Richard Curtis, who brought us such films as Love ActuallyNotting Hill, and Bridget Jones’ Diary comes another memorable film in his collection. What appears to be a typical romantic film that appears very reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife (also starring McAdams), but in reality there is so much more to it than that. The love story is just another aspect of the film. What we are given is a story of a young man who learns of just how much he is capable of with his abilities and the choices he has to overcome with them. The story can go from charming and funny, to deep and emotional with such ease that only Curtis can do, as seen through his aforementioned films. We are also given a very talented cast to help give the story life. Domhnall Gleeson stars as our main star. Gleeson portrays the awkward, but often charming character perfectly that we can’t help but relate to. His best scenes however come between him and Billy Nighy, who plays his very funny and spirited father. As we watch their scenes together, their relationship as father and son is so believable that it’s always a treat to see them together. Finally, we have the wonderful Rachel McAdams. This time around we have a more charming, bubbly, and often comical version of herself as opposed to the usual character she plays in films such as this. McAdams reminds us just why she has such a large fan base and why she’s one of America’s sweethearts. The chemistry between Gleeson and McAdams is also something to be noted. While their relationship is more fun and sweet as opposed to romantic, they play this off perfectly. Their scenes together are cute to watch. It’s not dynamite chemistry by any means, but it’s enjoyable to see the two clearly having fun together.

About Time is charming, deep, and emotional with great substance to it than what the trailers give off. It’s cast also does an amazing job of pulling the viewer in. Especially Gleeson and Nighy. All under the brilliant as always vision by Richard Curtis.

My rating: 8/10

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