From Richard Curtis, the director of “Love Actually” , “Notting Hill” and “Four Weddings And A Funeral”, “About Time” is not only the feel-good rom-com of year, it’s one of the most enjoyable movies of the year.
The twist in this rom-com: the men in this British family can time-travel once they turn 21. Father Bill Nighy (a Richard Curtis favorite for good reason) breaks the news to his romantically challenged son the night after a New Year’s Eve party that was a disaster for Tim, winningly played by Domhnall Gleeson. With their family’s time travel, they can’t change history. They can only have re-do’s in the past of their own lives. Tim uses his new found power to fix his love life, which ultimately pairs him with Mary (Rachel McAdams). This is the 3rd time0travel film for Mcadams. She starred in “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and also had a role in Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris”. In “About Time”, McAdams and Gleeson are such a great fit, you can easily see them happily married for life.
What starts as a love story grows into a much larger tale, including father-son love. As is one of his trademarks, Curtis makes great use of music, starting with an instrumental version of the under-appreciated Ben Folds song “The Luckiest” and ending, appropriately with the original version of the song.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and ultimately walk out of the theater with a vast appreciation of the everyday things in life. I so loved this movie.