zaterdag 19 april 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 53: About Time

Director: Richard Curtis
Genre: Comedy/ Drama/ Romance
Runtime: 123 minutes
Year: 2013
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy

Description: At the age of 21, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) 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.

Review: Time travelling isn’t that hard. Lock yourself in a closet, clench your fists and think of a moment in your past. Et voilá, when you leave the closet you enter your own past and you can make right what you did wrong. That’s how it works in “About Time”. In this romantic comedy we follow a few years of the life of young lawyer Tim and his American sweetheart Mary. The couple is surrounded by some eccentric friends and family members.
With “About Time” director and writer Richard Curtis added another great film to his consistent oeuvre. Like other movies in the genre, this movie doesn’t lean on a storyline that brings two lovebirds together in the end. This film is a chain of everyday situations. That this keeps your focus is because of the pace and the likeable characters.
The time travelling itself gives us some hilarious scenes, like where Tim is trying to help an actor who keeps forgetting his lines, or his first night with Mary. Every joke hits the mark, the characters manage to touch you and the actors are doing a fantastic job. Domhnall Gleeson is endearing as Tim, Rachel McAdams is charming as ever and Bill Nighy shines in every scene he is in. This man has a certain charisma you just can’t get around.
With the sweet and optimistic tone is “About Time” an absolute favorite for me. This is definitely a movie I will watch again… and again. And I don’t have to clench my fists and get into a dark closet for it.

Rating: 5/ 5

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