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Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Film Review: About Time (Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams)
Domhnall Gleeson ... Tim
Rachel McAdams ... Mary
Bill Nighy ... Dad
Lydia Wilson ... Kit Kat
Lindsay Duncan ... Mum
Richard Cordery ... Uncle D
Summary: Tim has a great life and at 21 it takes something of an unusual turn when his dad reveals that all the men in the family can travel in time. Some have used it to become rich, but Tim just really wants a girlfriend.
This is one of those films that I saw advertised when it first came out in the cinema and I kind of wanted to see it, but never got around to it. I wish I had, because I finally saw it last night on Sky Movies and it is brilliant. It is so good that as soon as it was over, Rob and I looked at each other and I scampered to the PC to order the blu-ray.
If you love films like Four Weddings and Love Actually you will adore this movie. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me cry; it is simply wonderful.
Yes it has a sci-fi element; Tim and his Dad can travel in time, but it's all about the people. They can only go back into their own timeline so they can't right historical wrongs or anything like that, just fix little issues with their own lives.
I love this film because it has a happy family finding more happiness, even if there is some strife along the way and the bit that will make you ball your eyes out. All the characters are wonderful. They're not perfect and in some ways most of them are a little batty, but that's what makes the film so wonderful.
Domhnall Gleeson as Tim is brilliant. He knows himself and he's kind and funny and keeps putting his foot in it. Sometimes he goes back and changes it and sometimes he doesn't which makes the film unpredictable as well as fun. Bill Nighy as Tim's dad is awesome and the only other person in the know. They have the most wonderful father son relationship as they grow closer and closer.
Mary, Kit-kat, Mum and Uncle D are also superb as are all the supporting cast. There's not one character in this movie I wanted to remove and, trust me, that's saying something. There's usually at least one.
It has gentle British humour, romance, love, angst and the way the story limits the time travel is brilliant and perfect. I cannot express how much I enjoyed this film. Everyone should watch it.