I’m actually a sucker for love stories so when I first saw the trailer for About Time, I immediately knew I had to watch it. It’s from Richard Curtis who wrote Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill so for sure I was gonna watch it.
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time… The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
This is an incredible sweet movie with ideals that are so simple it’s quite teenage. What do we all want? Love….what’s the point of all that money or even fame. If you have true love that should be enough to get you through. Of course for some it’s easier to find and for the rest, well luck in love isn’t too easy to come by.
By the way, I’m saying this to the idealist in you. I mean if you’re like me and you’ve been hardened by society then fair enough, bring on the money and fame but there was this point in time in all our lives where all we wanted was love. If I could go back in time, I think I’d like to go there, to a time where I believed love conquers all.
Back to the movie. The acting is just brilliant, there’s a sense of sincerity and the way the characters are portrayed and while it can be a little predictable at times, it isn’t something you’d notice because the movie is littered with so many good humorous moments. It doesn’t take itself too seriously but rather it invites you to get lost in this silly concept of time travel and what a good hearted man would do if he had this gift.
For me the stand out actor has got to be Bill Nighy. He’s such a charming gentleman and the way he portrayed Tim’s dad with so much compassion and patience, you’d believe that this was a man that was wise beyond his years (even if he was already old and experienced in the movie), a wisdom perhaps gained through time travel and reliving and learning from mistakes.
Overall this movie charms you with it’s ideals on life and touches you with the simplicity of life at the same time. I didn’t cry, and usually with such touching films I’d have to bite my lip to look all macho beside my date but instead I smiled, I was genuinely touched and so admired everything this film was about.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Go watch this, remember what it was like to live for love and remember what it was like to just enjoy every moment and every detail of everyday with a smile
By: Elliott Danker
About Time Opens in Cinemas 10 Oct 2013
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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