Genre : Comedy/Romance/SF
Domhnall Gleeson : Tim
Rachel McAdams : Mary
Bill Nighy : De vader
At the age of 21, Tim Lake discovers he can travel in
time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's
father 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.
"You can't kill Hitler or shag Helen of Troy."
because I’m getting older and more mature. Or is it simply because it’s a
perfect movie? I
put all my money on the second guess because in the end I found it an amazing
and captivating romantic comedy. Normally
I hate movies containing the combination of romance and humor. Usually
the humor is of a questionable level and it threatens to become a corny
tearjerker with a predictable happy ending where everyone is happily married.
Actually all of that is in this movie, but not on a grotesquely sentimental
level as in other chick flicks. Like
someone said on IMDb "A chick flick for men".
Occasionally, I have to listen to my wife and select a movie which will lead to
a cozy movie night she can enjoy. Instead of watching again some nerve
wrecking, bloody and violent SF or thriller. With
much reluctance I try to look for that kind of movie. The
thing that convinced me to choose for "About time" was the SF label it got. Ultimately,
the SF part is essential for the whole story, but it is not the crucial element
which leaves a lingering impression. It's
just a great movie where you get sucked in from the beginning and you feel like
you're in the center of the story. Tim has a
gift that all men possess in his family. He can go back in time. Not
to change (kill Hitler/shag Helen of Troy) world history.He only can change situations
that occurred in his personal life. He wants to use that gift to find
the love of his life.
It has immensely funny situations and humorous conversations. I
laughed at this film more than any would-be comedy that I have seen in recent
funny situations that happen are so recognizable and pure. Nothing
forced, no complicated puns or fetched trivialities. The
conversation in the dark restaurant run by blind people. Who comes up with something like that? Their
first night in bed and the way Tim returns over and over again in time. The
frustrations Tim shows while helping Mary to choose an evening dress. I understood him perfectly. Meeting Mary's parents. The one-liners that
passed from time to time.The awkward friends like Jay and Rory. Uncle
D who was moving in a certain way, but at the same time hilarious.
It's also enormously romantic. God yes, you get
that in a romantic comedy. But it’s that romance that also occurs infinite
times in real life and not the romance you read in cheap pulp magazines. Sometimes
it was brought subtle. Tim
could easily use his gift to have a hot night with Charlotte. Finally he says
no to that thought and runs back to Mary to ask her to marry him. A symbolic way
to show that Mary is his true love. The
scene with the live band was also hilarious.
The film also has its emotional moments. These
are the moments where the sticker "Beware of irritating objects in the
eye" applies to. The
relationship with his father gets gradually warmer and caring. The concerns about his sister Kit Kat. The
death of his father and the special way he definitively says goodbye. Serene, catchy
The casting is perfect. Each
character feels like a real individual and fits into the complete picture. Both physically and mentally. Tim is a
daydreaming, sometimes awkward but sensitive guy. Domhnall Gleeson delivers
a magnificent performance. I
didn’t recognize him as Bill Weasley of the Potter series, and even as Clan
Techie from Dredd. Rachel
McAdams who plays Mary is a natural beauty and a charm throughout the film. Bill
Nighy puts a rock-solid portrait of the father who struggles with his feelings towards
his son. Lindsey
Duncan has no big part in this movie, but each time she comes into the picture
she has the look of a caring mother. Honestly, there wasn’t a single character that I found weak.
Finally the soundtrack is also worth to mention. Songs
of The Cure, Amy Winehouse, Nick Cave and Ben Folds were a splendid
contribution to the overall mood.
I’ve always liked movies. I
watch movies because I want a relaxing moment, a moment to laugh or bite my
nails cause of the tension, or nearly get a heart attack from scaring, or
sympathize with certain events and sometimes cry a little bit about it. Those are my reasons to watch
a movie. And that
I found in this movie. My
advice is to just give this one a chance and let yourself be carried away on a sentimental
and funny roller coaster ride of emotions.
My rating 9 /10
Links : IMDB
Labels: 9/10, Comedy, Romance, SF