10. There has not been one decent “chick flick” this year. It has been summer blockbusters with comic book heroes and intense dramas that drag on well over two hours. These are just a couple of the many reasons why I have been impatiently awaiting “About Time,” a movie which I absolutely adored.
9. Rachel McAdams is one of the most underutilized actresses in Hollywood and her star appeal shines through with whatever project she is part of. She is the girl you fall in love with and does it again in “About TIme” as the object of Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) affection. Tim being the man who can travel through time.
8. It doesn’t seem like much of a romantic or even original premise (no, this is not the same as “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, but the movie is beautifully crafted, the dialogue genuine and heartfelt, the characters easily lovable. I give credit to writer and director Richard Curtis who has a knack for creating extraordinary stories with seemingly ordinary characters.
7. The movie also has the British angle going for it. Somehow everything is more charming and humorous when done with a British accent. Curtis’ last hit movie “Love Actually” is a holiday and all-time favorite of mine, partly due to all the Brits.
6. In this film, we see the duration of Tim and Mary’s love through first meeting, wedding and children. Their partnership is admirable because it’s not starry-eyed wonder. Tim does take liberties to go back in time and replay certain parts of their life together, but the real, imperfect love they have is the happy ending.
5. Bill Nighy. As Tim’s dad, Nighy plays the warm, loving father who is better at showing how he feels rather than actually saying it. He, too, has the magic of traveling back in time and he does so to spend more time with his children, to read more books and to embrace life. His relationship with Tim is heartwarming and heartbreaking as any romantic relationship. The unconditional love bond between family members is truly represented between the two.
4. The movie goes beyond chick flick status because while the romance is wonderful, the central story about the relationship Tim has with his father is the kind of love worthy of tears.
3. None of the acting seems forced. It all is genuine like the audience is getting a peak into real life events as they’ve unfolded. There isn’t a lot of perfectly coiffed hair or extravagent wardrobes. The dialogue is heartfelt, true to life.
2. The interweaving subplots injected interesting sparks into the story. The time travel was not a focal point after awhile. Family is the main theme.
1. It was sweet, funny, romantic, heartwarming without being covered with Hollywood cheese.
Final words: If you like any of the above, you will love the film. If you do not, then you probably stopped reading after the 9th point.