Recently, I was invited to an advance screening of About Time. I jumped at the chance since I am fond British romantic comedy, and as a busy mom of two, I cannot tell you the last time I set foot in a theatre! This movie is from Richard Curtis, creator of Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually! I mean, who doesn’t love, Love Actually?
The premise of the film is that on Tim’s (Domnhall Gleeson’s) 21st birthday, he learns from his father that the men in his family have the gift of time travel and can travel back in time. Initially this seemed like it would be difficult for the realist in me to grasp. I mean who wouldn’t go back in time to change details of their lives? That said, Tim’s top priority is to use his gift to find a significant other, in the form of Mary, an American expat in London, played by Rachel McAdams. So we embark on his quest and witness the evolution of their relationship unfold.
This film made me grin, laugh out loud and shed some tears. Despite the idealism of the time travel stuff and its haphazard rules, I loved its whimsy, the setting and the family dynamics. I drew many parallels to my own life and walked away with a reminder to be fully present and engaged in life, while relishing in the daily routines. Time is indeed precious, be kind and love one another. About Time is in theatres November 8.
Disclousure: I was provided with tickets to the preview but all opinions are honest and my own.