Title: About Time (Official Site)
Tag Line: A new funny film about love. With a bit of time travel.
Release Date: 08 Nov 2013
Runtime: 123 min
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Theater (screening)
Production Company: Working Title Films, Translux
Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Director(s): Richard Curtis
Writer(s): Richard Curtis
Stars: Domhnall Gleeson (Tim Lake), Rachel McAdams (Mary), Bill Nighy (Dad), Lindsay Duncan (Mum), Lydia Wilson (Kit-Kat), Richard Cordery (Uncle D), Joshua McGuire (Rory)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I’m not sure what I thought when I first saw the previews for About Time, I knew that I loved Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. But I also feared that it would be less comedy and more like The Time-Traveler’s Wife. After seeing the movie I really can’t tell you what it was about other than it wasn’t Time-Traveler’s Wife. About Time is a movie that does have a real plot and as a result it just felt long even though it was an average length (2 hours) for a feature film. This is a movie that I found myself sneaking peeks at my phone to see the time wondering when it would end.
When Tim learns that the men in his family can travel through time he embarks on a series of jumps that allow him to correct mistakes and missed moments in his life. During this he meets Mary, loses her, and then goes about trying to meet her again. If you learn anything from this movie you learn that life is messy and filled with mistakes. But there are also beautiful amazing moments that you might miss if you worry too much about trying to correct the past. And that if you spend all your time correcting past events to try to change the outcome then you might just change (or erase) some really good moments that happened as a result of the bad. There are good lessons in this movie but I just feel as though it could have been shorter and still delivered the same message.
The cast is superb and I really enjoyed all of their on screen chemistry. But they weren’t enough to bring a spark to this movie as it just dragged on and on. I did laugh in this movie but it didn’t have the same emotional punch as some of Richard Curtis’s other films. There was just something missing in this story and I can’t quit put my finger on it. I just know that I never got fully lost in the story being played out on screen. There was always something holding me back and keeping me from enjoying it fully. There was a lack of magic and depth and I was glad when this one was over.
My Recommendation: Grab this one from Redbox.