About Time (2013)

About Time
Director: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson, Lindsay Duncan, Tom Hollander, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths

When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21, his father (Bill Nighy) tells him that he has the ability to travel in time. Disbelieving at first, Tim finds out that it’s true and decides that this might finally be the thing to allow him to find a girlfriend. But things aren’t easy, not even when you have such abilities and when Tim meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) he finds that out for himself.

About Time was sweet, funny and utterly charming. I enjoyed the hell out of it.


There are many things that could have gone wrong with this movie and plot. I mean, a dude using his time travel powers to get (a) girl(s) is the perfect recipe for disaster. But Richard Curtis elegantly sidesteps these issues and instead it really is a perfectly charming story with two wonderful leads.

I mean, I’ve been crushing on Domhnall Gleeson since I don’t even know when (probably Never Let Me Go), mostly because he’s the most adorable, talented fucker. And this movie just proved that again. And of course, Rachel McAdams might not be the most versatile actress but she’s damn good at what she does, as evidenced in this film. And Bill Nighy we don’t even need to talk about.

Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy in About Time

There are a couple of flaws (for example that the time traveling itself wasn’t a hundred percent logical to me) but it was never too bad or too illogical. I also have to admit that the sister’s plotline irked me a bit (that everything should be solved by her not dating one guy is not only belittling her issues but herself as a character), but I did appreciate that with that development the story moved away from the usual romantic obsession which was nice.

Apart from those little things, it was just generally a really enjoyable, funny, heartwarming film. I should watch it again soon.

About Time film still

Summarizing: If you need a romcom fix, go for it.

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