Wednesday, 16 April 2014

About Time Film Review

About Time is one of my absolute favourite films so I really wanted to do a little review on my blog. I've never written anything close to this before so I have no idea how it will turn out and if it will do the film justice but I had to at least try!

About Time (2013)


Main Cast:

Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Margot Robbie, Lindsay Duncan.

Plot:

On his 21st birthday, Tim (Gleeson) is told a secret by his father (Nighy) that all the men in their family have the ability to travel back in time, though only to the places they have been. After moving to London to pursue his career as a lawyer, Tim uses his talent to time travel to perfect the first moment he met Mary (McAdams) who he soon falls in love with. Eventually though he realises that his ability can't solve all of the situations and problems that occur in his life.
About Time
If you haven't seen the film and don't want to know any details then stop reading now!

My Review

I just loved this film! It's very hard to put into words how much I love it which is a bit of a problem but I really don't want to spoil it in case you haven't seen it yet. It is a classic film by Richard Curtis who is famous for the films Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary. All of which I really enjoy so of course this film was going to be along those lines. I hadn't seen much advertising for the film so when it was released in the cinema last November I didn't pay too much attention to it and wasn't too bothered about going to see it, like I normally am with romantic films and comedies. We didn't decide to watch it until a few months ago when it had been released on DVD and I am so glad we did. This is a real feel good film which makes you laugh and cry all the way through. I assumed the film was going to be a bit like The Time Traveler's Wife in which Rachel McAdams also plays the lead so I wasn't sure why she would do the same sort of film again. However, there are differences. Her character Mary never actually finds out about the time travelling, and it isn't something Tim continues to do all of his life. He uses this ability to go back in time to change any mistakes he's made or any problems which he thinks could affect himself and his family whereas his father only really used the ability to go back in time to read loads of different books. When Tim's father gets ill, he uses this as an opportunity to time travel and spend as much time with him as possible before it is too late. There are some really lovely scenes between these two and they have the sort of relationship any son would want with his father. The film is based a lot on their relationship just as much as it is on Tim and Mary's which I really liked. It is obvious from the moment the two meet that they are meant to be and the jokes and quirks between them prove how in love they are, showing how well Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson work together.

This film sends out many different messages to the audience, the main one being to be thankful for what you have and to cherish every person in your life. This is what the character Tim realises in the end which is why when he and Mary have their own family he chooses not to to time travel anymore and to see everyday for what it is and to take nothing for granted. The conclusion is a typical romantic ending but that is just what this film is about. When the film ended I just wanted to watch it again, straight away. This shows how well the writing was and how good the acting was, it is a film I know I will never ever get bored of.
About Time
Have you watched this film? What did you think?

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