Movie Review: About Time

At 21, Tim (Domnhall Gleeson) was told by his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in their family have the ability to travel through time. This time travel, however, is not without restriction. They can only travel backwards, and only through their own life experiences. Although skeptical at first, Tim soon discovers that he can, in fact, travel in his own timeline.

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Tim immediately uses this to rectify a recent embarrassing New Years kiss, and then soon attempts to use it to make his sister’s friend, Charlotte (Margot Robbie), fall in love with him.

Time passes, and Tim moves to London. He moves in with his dad’s eccentric playwright friend, Harry (Tom Hollander) and begins work as a lawyer. On a night out at a “dark restaurant” with his best friend Jay (Will Merrick), Tim meets Mary (Rachel McAdams), who he immediately recognises is the girl of his dreams. However, upon returning home, Tim discovers that the opening night of Harry’s play has been a disaster, and so turns back time in an effort to make everything right. What he doesn’t realise, however, is that by doing this he erases his meeting with Mary. And thus begins a back and forth which lasts the first half of the movie, with Tim travelling through time to make Mary fall in love with him again.

Picture Courtesy Of Universal Pictures

Picture Courtesy Of Universal Pictures

Going into the film, I had assumed that that was all the film was about: a guy using time travel to meet the girl of his dreams, but I was wrong. It is about so, so much more than that.

Tim discovers how grand true love can be, but along the way discovers something much more important: the value of family and living life to the fullest.

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Whether it’s spending time with your parents, discovering what true friendship is, enjoying every moment with your children, or saving your little sister from herself, Tim realises that time travel is a gift. Through pain and heartbreak, he is able to discover the true joy that lies in the little moments in life, and how to experience true happiness.

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

About Time is one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time (considering it was written and directed by Richard Curtis, aka the man behind my favourite ever movie Love, Actually, I shouldn’t be surprised). I went to see it with Mish, and we were both sobbing before the credits rolled. The last scene we see with Tim and his father, especially, tugs at the heartstrings, but there were so many scenes throughout the entire movie that had me crying all over myself.

I left it late to see this one, as life kept getting in the way, but if you haven’t seen it, I’d definitely recommend grabbing the DVD as soon as it comes out (or finding a cinema still playing it!).

It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you rethink the way you live your life.

About Time is in select Australian cinemas, and will be available on DVD in the coming months through Universal Pictures.

Rating: 5/5

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