I don’t normally see ‘rom-com’ type films at the cinema these days because at lot of them are very predictable, but I did catch this one on the big screen when it came out. I’d seen the trailer when watching another film and I love Richard Curtis movies so this is one I just had to see.
The story is that all of the men in Tim’s family, on his fathers’ side can travel through time. They’re not able to change history but they can change certain things in their own lives. Tim, played by Domhnall Gleeson, uses this opportunity to get himself a girlfriend (that’s it Tim think big…).
Tim meets Mary, played by Rachel McAdams in a sort of ‘blind date’ situation and uses his time travelling abilities to impress and then hopefully date her. Tims’ Dad, played by Bill Nighy is always there to guide and advise Tim about life and his gift. There are some laughs in this film but you just see life slightly differently when watching this, some of Tim’s plans don’t always work out and where or not you can travel through time, that’s just life for you.
The cast in this film are fantastic, I mean Bill Nighy is just a legend and Tom Hollander is brilliant as Tim’s land lord, the cynical writer Harry. This was actually the first time I’d seen Margot Robbie in a film as Tim’s sister’s friend Charlotte.
There’s no effects to mention and I won’t go into wardrobe but I will, however say that this film is very bittersweet too watch. I can’t say too much as I try and review films without any spoilers but it does get emotional towards the end and the message of the film is explained. It’s a cleverly written film and like I mentioned not all of Tim’s life goes to plan, there’s a catch or two to his gift that he has to learn and deal with.
It’s a lovely film to watch, the cast are brilliant and as with all of Curtis’ films, no one tries to outdo one another. He directs and writes perfectly, something America have been trying to achieve for a while now with ‘flops’ such as Valentines Day.
Overall it’s a great, feel good film and defiantly one to watch with the family. I’ve got no complaints and this film is certainly on par with Curtis’s earlier work such as Notting Hill and Love Actually.
Perfect Popcorn Score – About Time gets a nine from me, it’s a great film, brilliant acting and a bittersweet ending that stays with you – 9/10.