ABOUT TIME: THE REVIEW

Big thanks to Salty Kernel, Claire Smith, for heading to this one. I am really jealous, I had a choice, review this or Gravity and I am a HUGE science fiction fan so Gravity won. But this too looks amazing, and it is written and directed by Richard Curtis so for me it is already a win win. He directed a little romance film you may have heard of, called LOVE ACTUALLY, hands down the best romantic film, excluding Romeo and Juliet, for me. Every time it comes on television I am back in for some more of it. I must have chocolate, wine and tissues. It must be my NOTEBOOK 🙂 ABOUT TIME is out on October 31st, with some preview screenings in the lead up. It is rated M and runs for 123mins.

 

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A laid-back dad in the seaside village of Cornwall takes his son aside shortly after his 21st birthday and explains to him that the men in the family all have the ability to travel back in time and relive moments of their own lives.

Unbelieving, but obliging, the son follows the advice and stands in the bedroom cupboard, fists clenched, thinking about a missed New Year’s Eve midnight kiss from the night prior and is instantly zapped back to the moment last night where it all went wrong.

Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Hot Fuzz) plays the groovy, laid-back time-travelling dad who has used his genetic gains for personal use – reading every book he could lay his hands on. Socially awkward son, Tim played by relative newcomer Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter, True Grit) has different ideas in mind for this skill – finding love (aaaaw).

 

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Through trial and error and living and re-living moments to try and gain the girl of his dreams, Tim learns the difficult lesson that no matter how hard you work, you can’t make someone love you back  if they don’t actually love you.

So on a dodgy night out with an equally geeky colleague, Tim stumbles upon an amazing woman during a “dining in the dark” experience. Their mutual interests are apparent, as is their mutual attraction. Mary, played by Rachel McAdams (Midnight In Paris, Sherlock Holmes) gives Tim her phone number after dinner, but due to some time-travel foul-ups, Tim manages to clear the event from ever happening, and so has to find ways to integrate himself into Mary’s life and meet her all over again.

About Time is a simple tale of life, love and moments lost. It’s a touching romantic comedy (make sure you bring a travel-pack of tissues in your purse, ladies Ed Note: What about the boys Claire? We sometimes cry too). The characters are so gorgeous and lovable and flawed, with Gleeson as the real standout player. There’s an element of fragility to the interactions and characters, and even though moments can be lived and re-lived, ultimately it is each to his own in terms of choosing how a life will be lived.

 

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The biggest criticism I have for this chick-flick is that it’s all a bit too “nice”. There’s no real arguments, no overlying risk of loss, no real elements at stake. I think with a bit more conflict scripted in, this film would have been an absolute standout for me and would have played well to a wider audience.

Gentlemen, if you want brownie points, take your gal to the movies and go see this film. It’s a touching, poignant story and although a little slow around the end of the second act there’s some great “Laugh out loud” moments in there (Watch out for Nighy’s imitations of Table Tennis Olympic competitors). If you’re a fan of chick-flicks, rom-com’s and what seems to be becoming McAdams’ forte – time travel, then head to your local cinema and check this out. It’s a feel-good film, definitely recommended for a girls’ night out, or for a date – but maybe not a first one.

 

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Although I felt it lagged a little and lacked conflict, I really enjoyed this movie. The soundtrack, the editing, the amazing closeup overlay shots (check out the “Falling in love” montage that focuses on greetings and farewells at the tube-station – just brilliant).

About Time is rated M and is released on 31 October – but there’s a few gala screenings and previews going on beforehand if you can’t wait that long!

 

4 Pops