When I first saw the trailer for About Time I thought oh here we go, Rachel McAdams is at it again, playing the wife of a time traveler (she previously starred in the adaptation of the hot book The Time Traveler’s Wife). I didn’t enjoy her time-travelling wife first time round (mostly to the film and not specifically her acting skills) so I wasn’t sure about this, but when I saw it was written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) I thought I would give this a go. It is actually a beautiful film. I’d compare it to Never Let Me Go (which funnily enough the star of this film also appeared in), in that it is really a love story, and the sci-fi element is a very subtle part to the story.
About Time follows Tim (Domhnall Gleeson – Never Let Me Go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) who find out from his dad on his 21st birthday that all the men in the family have the ability to go back in time. All Tim has to do is go into a cupboard and think of the exact time and place he wants to go back to and he will find himself there. Tim uses this talent for getting on with the ladies, so if he says or does something that sends them running for the hills, he goes back to the time just before that moment and says or does something else instead. He then meets Mary (McAdams) and then goes through life with his time-travelling ability and navigates his way through dating, having a family and coping with the loss of someone close.
It is not really in the style of Curtis’ previous films. Yes there is some humour and there is romance, but it is really a story of a man finding himself, with a power that many wish they had.
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