Review: ABOUT TIME

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

I am a huge fan of British comedies in general because they are usually smart funny which is especially what I enjoy.  So, when I saw the preview for this film and the fact that it was made by the same folks that gave us Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and A Funeral, I knew I wanted to see it because I like all those films.  It also doesn’t hurt that I am a fan of Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams. 

At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life (IMDB).  I have seen Domhnall Gleeson’s previous work in the last two Harry Potter films as well as in Anna Karenina and I think he is a great actor which is further confirmed by his performance in this film as Tim.  Tim meets Mary (McAdams) and they fall head over heels in love.  As their relationship progresses Tim’s father reveals that the males in their family can travel in time within their lifetime which Tim immediately begins to do not only to fix and change things in his life but others in his family.  Soon he discovers that changing someone’s path in life is not as easy as it would seem because he witnesses the outcomes of that change.  I also love the work of Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan and look forward to more from them into the future.

I truly love how the British seem to take simple everyday occurrences and thoughts and elevate them to the next level while in that process the viewer usually examines their own lives in ways they never expected.  That is what happens here in my opinion because I found myself wondering what I would do with that kind of power.   I highly recommend this film to anyone looking for an extremely well written and acted film.

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