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REVIEW: About Time

REVIEW: About Time

From Richard Curtis,  the director  of “Love Actually” , “Notting Hill”  and “Four Weddings And A Funeral”, “About Time” is not only the feel-good rom-com of year, it’s one of the most enjoyable movies  of the year.

The twist in this  rom-com:  the men in this British family can time-travel  once they turn 21. Father Bill Nighy (a Richard Curtis favorite for good reason)  breaks the news to  his romantically challenged son  the night after a New Year’s Eve party that was a disaster  for Tim, winningly played by Domhnall Gleeson.  With their  family’s time travel, they can’t change history. They can only have re-do’s in the past of their own lives. Tim uses his new found power to fix his love life, which ultimately pairs him with Mary (Rachel McAdams).  This is the 3rd  time0travel film for Mcadams. She starred in “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and also  had a role in Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris”.  In “About Time”, McAdams and Gleeson are such a  great fit, you can easily see them happily married for life. 

What starts as a  love story grows into a much larger  tale, including  father-son  love.  As is one of his trademarks, Curtis makes great use of music, starting with an instrumental version of the under-appreciated Ben Folds song “The Luckiest” and ending, appropriately with the original  version of the song.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry  and ultimately walk out of the theater with a vast appreciation of the everyday things in life. I so loved this movie.

4 stars


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