The theatrical poster for “About Time” suggests that it is a rip-off of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” - they even brought in Rachel McAdams! But this film is anything but a cheesy chick flick; instead, “About Time” is a thought-provoking story about life and how we can learn to better appreciate each day. Director Richard Curtis is well-known for his romantic comedies such as “Notting Hill” and the Bridget Jones movies, but this script digs a lot deeper than most. Curtis tapped into the creative complexity that he used to write “Love Actually” and the result is this clever, heartwarming, and frustrating story about a man learning the personal consequences of changing the past. The film was criticized for its plot holes, but this film can’t be approached like “Primer” and other sci-fi nerd films (I mean that in a good way) that use science to prove the possibility of time travel. The story is about living, not travelling through time. It does have its cutesy moments, but I would still recommend this to the manliest people that I know. Concepts like living each day twice to enjoy the little moments and using time travel to extend your time on earth are fascinating, while the characters live out a complex love story. All of the acting is great, particularly Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson. I watched “About Time” to make my wife happy but, in the end, I was the one who fell in love with this story.
[Pictured: Great chemistry all around!]