REVIEW: About Time

This summer has been filled with films with lots of explosions, death, doom and gloom it was about time there was something happy, bright and colourful! This comes in the form of Richard Curtis’ latest, About Time. Starring the very lovely Domhnall (rhymes with tonal) Gleeson, Rachel McAdams and the ever awesome Bill Nighy.

At the age of 21, Tim (Gleeson) discovers that the men in his family can travel back in time, a skill he uses to get himself a girlfriend. He may not be able to change history, but he manages to change his future. When he meets Mary (McAdams), the girl of his dreams, he has the ability to go back and redo all his stupid mistakes and win both her heart and hand – occasionally using his time travel ability to test out who his best man should be – and live the life he’s always wanted.

Richard Curtis is known for his heart warming British comedies and this one is no different. Curtis last directed a rom-com back in 2003 with a little film called Love Actually. After that it seemed he moved away from the romance side of things but now he’s back with, what I think is, the sweetest and most heart-warming film he has ever done. This film had me grinning throughout the whole thing.

Aside from a few minor roles in Harry Potter and Never Let Me Go, Domhnall Gleeson isn’t particularly well known, but this film is sure to lead his way into greatness. He’s a shy but determind character and you can really tell that Gleeson enjoyed playing the part. If this talented young actor doesn’t go far, it’s the industries loss because he is simply brilliant. Rachel McAdams is her usual rom-com talented self, but plays a more realistic role here than she did in The Notebook – getting so nervous about introducing Tim to her parents that she can’t stop talking and he can’t get a word in edgeways, I think most girls can relate to that!

There’s not much else I can say really, without spoiling the entire film for you! So I’ll leave you with this, if you want to sit with a huge smile on your face and fall in love along with Tim and Mary, go and see it. In fact, I urge you to go and see it! This was so good, it’s over taken Rush as my favourite film of the year (and that’s saying something, I adored Rush!).

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