About Time

about time

Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Directed by Richard Curtis
Rating: A

Don’t go into this movie expecting another British romance film just because it’s the same person who created Love Actually and Notting Hill. Why? It’s more than romance, it’s a celebration of life. Live it. Appreciate it. Even if it isn’t easy.

Tim (Gleeson) learns an incredible family secret shortly after his 21st birthday: the men in his family can travel in time. Here’s the catch though, they can only travel in their own timeline and can only go back, never forward. Tim’s dad (Nighy) asks what kind of purpose his son will put his new talent to. The answer is love. Tim is an awkward young adult and with the opportunity to fix those uncomfortable moments when meeting a pretty girl, he couldn’t have asked for a better gift.

About Time delves into the father-and-son relationship. As Tim adjusts to his new way of life, his dad is the one to give sensible advice from past experience on using their gift.

There are a few similar qualities the movie shares with Love Actually and Notting Hill such as quirky characters (Tim’s sister and uncle), the view of close relationships between friends and family, and the awkward character that falls in love (think of the characters John from Love Actually and William from Notting Hill).

This may be Curtis’ last movie and as an ending film to his career, what better way to make a statement about living life to its fullest potential? The movie follows Tim as he learns how to use his gift and the choices he makes while using it. He has the advantage of improving his life whether changing first impressions or preventing disasters from occurring. He also sees that there are some moments in life that aren’t worth going back for fixing.

Relationships can be a balancing act. Accidentally say the wrong thing or do something stupid and it should be easy enough to edit the past without damaging the future. If there’s one thing in life people don’t seem to have more of it’s time. It’s unpredictable and advice Tim’s father gives is to enjoy it. Every single moment. Tim finds beauty in life whether it’s a bad day or good, and his gift lets him see that.

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