‘About Time’ Review: A great chick flick about enjoying every moment – no box of Kleenex required
Not too much “romantic” and not too distracted by the “comedy,” About Time strikes a great balance between sweet and sentimental with a dash of time travel to make it a great romantic comedy.
Domhnall Gleeson, famous for playing the red-headed older Weasley brother Bill in the Harry Potter series, plays the main character Tim.
Tim is an awkward 21-year-old from an eccentric, yet happy family, who has just learned that he can time travel to previous moments in his life.
The journey to seek out love begins as Tim navigates the rules of time travel. Of course, Tim makes some humorous early mistakes as he focuses his efforts to win over his soul mate Mary (Rachel McAdams).
Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) holds the key to understanding time travel and learning what the purpose of life is and should be.
Director Richard Curtis (Love Actually) is masterful in using this amazing ensemble cast. Within just the first few moments of the film the audience is laughing with simple gags like the loveable Uncle (Richard Cordery) falling back in his chair.
Unlike other time travel failures on the big screen, the audience never gets consumed by the rules or distracted by the outcomes because the characters are so eloquently defined.
On the surface the film lures the audience in with the romance story as Tim matures onscreen; however, Curtis is secretly threading a father-son tale centered around Nighy’s great performance.
A moral compass and a refreshing innocence is never lost as the family endures together, even when it becomes modified by time travel events.
About Time was the most pleasant surprise and best “chick flick” film in years because it doesn’t require a box of tissues to quench the raucous weeping in the audience.
Curtis also wrote Four Wedding and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, so it should be reassuring to the audience to know they are in good hands.
Most fans will leave the theater completely satisfied: 4 out of 5 stars.
Fans of Curtis’ films will love this film: overall 4 1/2 -5 out of 5 stars.
About Time opens in theaters November 1, 2013.