The trailers would have you believe that About Time is a romantic comedy similar to Time Traveler’s Wife, but in truth it’s less about boy meets girl and more about the relationship between a father and son, and you know what? That’s just fine.


About Time
Directed By: Richard Curtis
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hughes, Tom Hollander, Lindsay Duncan, Margot Robbie

Premise: About Time is a bittersweet story about an awkward 21 year old, Tim, who from his father, learns that the men in his family can travel back in time. With the knowledge he has the ability to change his past as well as his future, Tim decides to use his gift to find love. But when his problems start getting more serious, he’s quick to discover he can’t change everything without consequences.


My Review: This movie has a lot of similar themes to other movies that have starred Rachel McAdams, (Time Traveler’s Wife, The Vow) but what sets this movie is apart is the performance by a charismatic and endearing Domhnall Gleeson, aka Mad-Eye Moody’s real life son. Gleeson’s character Tim is someone you root for as well as relate to. He as well as McAdams, Bill Nighy and the other supporting cast, provide this movie with enough quirkiness and charm to prevent it from veering into something cliché or pretentious.

Instead of taking you down a road you would expect, it gives you glimpses of the places it could have gone, but twists so the outcome is fresh and unpredictable. It delivers a broader approach to Tim’s ability to time travel and the effects it has on the people around him not just himself. It’s realistic. You know, as realistic as being able to travel back in time could be.

About Time is less a romantic comedy and more a coming-of-age story of what it means to become a man and take the good and bad things life brings with it. It may have a surreal twist, but it’s merely a tactic to get you hooked on this sweet, sentimental story that affect you deeply. And…make you want to hug your father.

Rating: 3 Stars






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