a film by Richard Curtis. But honestly speaking a romantic comedy about time
travel was too great a concept for me to be optimistic about this film. I was
almost completely sure that it would have a few great moments followed by many
dull ones. Thankfully I was wrong.
‘About Time’ is one of the strangest romantic comedy I
have seen in the recent time. One of its greatest assets is that it goes beyond
the romantic aspect of a rom-com. It does however romanticise time, the plain
old time that all of us have with everyone that we have it with and wish that
one thing – what if?
The film revolves around Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) who
at his 21st birthday
is informed by his father (Bill Nighy) that
he, just like all the men in the family have the ability to travel back in
time. This information also, of course comes a few guidelines to use this gift
wisely. The rest of the film is an elaborate sequence of events following Tim
through years as he struggles with life, finding love (Rachel McAdams), dealing
with boredom and issues just as everyone does. But it is a film about time
travel in the end. There are of course, many ploys where time travel is used to
a comedic purpose which is what I thought would be the be all end all of this
film. But writer-director Curtis, navigates these dangerous waters cleverly and
end up with a film that is hard to dislike.
The film’s main leads are Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel
McAdams and Bill Nighy, along with a bunch of delightful actors who together
create Tim’s world. McAdams is her usual charming self. But it is Nighy and
Gleeson who give the real winning performances as the father-son duo. They are
funny, awkward, charming and in the end quite heart-breaking.
Something that I had already made my peace with before i
had entered the movie theatre was that I would not obsess about the scientific
inaccuracies of the entire concept of Time-travel and all the mistakes that the
film might have because of the main premise. The film is more enjoyable like
that, and though one might argue that every film becomes more enjoyable if I
stop thinking I would disagree. Some films are beyond just the concept that
they start with. About Time successfully manages to do that with a sweet,
heart-warming quality, which are prevalent in all of Curtis’s films. This film
is not as mainstream as ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ or ‘Notting Hill’ but it
does deserve a look, especially if you are looking to spend a nice raining
afternoon at the films.
Labels: British, Good, Romantic Comedy