Thursday, December 12, 2013

MOVIE - About Time

R (2:03)
Limited release 11/1/13
Viewed at Crossroads Wednesday after school, 12-11-13
RT Critic: 69  Audience:  85
cag: 4/ Liked it a lot - the two leads were adorable
Directed by Richard Curtis
Universal Pictures

Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson

My comments:  The couple portrayed in this movie - Tim and Mary - were adorable, refreshing, and just wonderful together.  I think I was more-than-ready to see a happy, feel-good movie that didn't have bad things happening at every turn.  Two people who love each other, like each other, and continue to take joy in each other as the years go by.  The secondary, side story, about the protagonist and his dad, was also just what I needed to see and think about during this stressful holiday season.  Highly recommended.

Rotten Tomatoes:  At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

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