The movie “About Time” recently came out, and since it was a holiday weekend, I had some time to catch it with a friend. When I first saw the trailer, I wasn't so sure I wanted to see it with its time travel premise.
I’m not really a fan of science fiction, even under the guise of a romantic comedy. A few years back, I read The Time Traveler’s Wife and was so overly confused I didn’t even bother to see the movie (which funnily enough also starred Rachel McAdams). However when I found out “About Time” was written and directed by the same person who made “Love, Actually” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, two faves, I agreed to give it a try.
As it turns out, the time travel ended up being just a clever way for the main character, “Tim", to better understand life, love, and his family. Some of the reviews I’ve read are hard on this aspect of the film citing errors in time travel logistics, but not being a time travel buff I didn’t even notice them.
Although the story centers around “Tim’s” quest for love, I enjoyed the relationship between time traveling father and son just as much. Bill Nighy played the off-beat but loving dad who broke the ability-to-time-travel news to his son when he turned 21. I’ve been missing my dad a lot this past week, so the idea of going back in time to see a loved one after they are gone, just one more time, resonated with me. Although that caused about 5 minutes of snotty tears where I frantically dug through my purse looking for a tissue. It was very sweet anyhow.
It’s been some time since I’ve been to the movies and even longer since I’ve seen a film that I would recommend. I liked this one. Other than the minor breakdown about two-thirds of the way through, it had some very funny writing. I suspect, as with “Love Actually” and “Four Weddings…” it will get funnier after each viewing. The writing is very fast and witty so catching all the good lines the first time through is difficult. “About Time” isn’t a blockbuster and probably won’t be nominated during award season, but it is a very nice film. Everyone walked out of the theater smiling and just in a good mood. To me, that makes for a successful film.