ABOUT TIME (2013) Movie Review

by on December 12, 2014

in Entertainment, movie reviews


The official movie summary for About Time says,”At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.”

But the story in the film is much more complicated and heart warming than the summary hints at. In fact the story is a very compelling story to watch. Yes, there is time travel involved but believe it or not, it’s not the crutch of the story, but rather, an interesting quirk or tool that’s used here and there by Tim to fix a thing or two. But other than that, the story is about his life, his relationship with his father, his girlfriend then wife Mary and the rest of his family.

If you have ever watched NBC’s Parenthood, you’ll love this movie. It has the feel of the TV series Parenthood, with just a wee bit of time travel added to the story.

Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim, the man who bases his life on the love of his family in his life. He’s quirky, fun and a very sweet young man who we follow from the days of his youth to being a father.

Rachel McAdams plays Mary, the girl that Tim falls for. She too is quirky in the cute way.

Tim’s father is played by Bill Nighy in a very telling performance. I’m used to Nighy in movies like Underworld and similar genre films, but his portrayal of the patriarch who fosters this secret about the men in the family is touching and immersive. I am not sure I’ve ever seen such a portrayal of a father. Despite his diminished screen time, considering the film is about Tim, Nighy leaves one hell of a mark on my movie experience.

The entire ensemble pretty much comes together and sells the story. What I liked about it was that the elephant in the room, the time travel, was a very small part of the story, minimized as a tool and not a spectacular moment.

And yes, if you must know the “butterfly effect” is addressed, but not in the way you would think.

For those who don’t know, the premise of the “butterfly effect” is that if you go back in time, your actions there can seriously impact the present that you know, or left behind. In one old story, humans went back in time to the age of dinosaurs, and one of the time traveling tourists stepped on a butterfly. When they got back, the world was a different place because of that simple act that seemed so benign.

To learn you can travel back in time from a quick morning lecture from your father, would seem rather shocking to say the least, and the way he delivers the news is so, matter of fact, and funny, in a dry way.

And what Tim does with his knowledge is quirky, hopeful and at times funny and sad.

I think you would like this quiet, quirky and fun moment of a movie and is easily worth your time whether it come on TV or as a rental!

Popcorn 7 for sure!

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