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Film Review: “About Time”


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Heartwarming and charming story with an important message to all of us.

 

Director: Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones`s Diary)

Writer: Richard Curtis

Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan,

 

 Synopsis: Tim`s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel in time, but this ability won’t allow them to change history. However, Tim can change what happens and has happened in his own life. Tim puts this powerful gift to the test during his final summer at home before heading to London.

Soon after he arrives in London, Tim meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), the woman of his dreams. He gets her number. While traveling back in time to help his friend, he realizes that he has lost Mary’s phone number so he tries to use his power to find her and win her heart.

This is a surprisingly touching, charming, delightful, witty, intelligent, and sweet film that will melt your heart.

“About Time” is directed by Richard Curtis. We are all familiar with the movies he has directed; “Love Actually” being one of his more memorable movies. He also wrote the scripts for “Notting Hill” and “Bean”. Richard Curtis is one of those film makers who knows how to create a smart, funny, and meaningful, yet touching comedy, that has both depth and heart. “About Time” is certainly one of them. With perfect balance of story; substantive-humor and sincerity along with excellent acting, “About Time” will definitely makes us want to watch it again and again. (Using ‘re-watch’ with ‘again and again’ is redundant)

 If you have enjoyed previous Richard Curtis films, then you will very likely enjoy this sweet movie with the moral message: “Live each day as it if it was your last day. Don`t manipulate reality. Time is too precious to change it.” To deliver this message to us is not that easy, but Richard Curtis was able to do this with an excellent cast. Rachel McAdams is very lovely and inspiring as the love interest and she made Mary look like a girl worth manipulating time for.

The on-screen chemistry between Rachel and Domhnall compels us to keep watching as they go through life together making us want to cry and smile along with them. The development of relationships between the different characters is at the core of this story. Richard Curtis once again reminds us-“Something beautiful will only come once in a while.”

 

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About Ulkar Alakbarova (1102 Articles)
My name is Ulkar Alakbarova. A wonderful name, is it not? I come from the exotic land of Azerbaijan but now I live in the hub of Hollywood North – Toronto, Canada. How lucky I am to be able to enjoy and indulge in my favourite avocation of watching movies. Movies of every genre are screened here in Toronto. There are black and white classics, avant garde, independently produced, and of course, newly released movies for all to enjoy. Let me share this treasure of entertainment with you. Read my thoughts and opinions then let me know if you agree.

4 Comments on Film Review: “About Time”

  1. Good review. Didn’t really do much for me in that final hour. Everything leading up to it was pretty solid though. More so than what I see from many rom-coms of this same nature and skin.

    • Thank you. I really found this movie quite smart. I am not huge fan of comedy. Since Hollywood stopped making a good one. But this one was really good. It more drama than comedy

  2. I thought this was a decent watch despite its flaws and lack of logic at points! Bill Nighy stole the show in this one every-time he was on screen!

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