Sunday, November 10 2013, 12:51 PM MST
Movie Review: About Time
4 out of 5 Stars
Director: Richard Curtis
Starring: Domhall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Recommended To: Those in search of an intelligent mix of science fiction, romantic comedy and character-driven drama.
Synopsis: On his 21st birthday Tim (Domhall Gleeson) is told that all the men in his family have the ability to time travel. Tims attempt to utilize this newfound ability reveals that finding the perfect girl and living the ideal life isnt as simple as it initially seems.
Review: About Time has divided critics. Perhaps this is in part a backlash towards writer/director Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Love Actually) or the romantic comedy genre in general. Maybe those expecting a traditional romantic film, as the previews have suggested, were shocked to find that they were actually given a more complex examination of love that extends beyond romance into the love felt between a father and his children. Maybe they were put off by the surprisingly fresh look at time travel and the subtle, or not so subtle, impact of the butterfly effect. I happen to love the film. Its not what I expected and sometimes being surprised is a wonderful thing. Ultimately what makes About Time so endearing is that it isn't about being perfect, its about making the most of a moment. That's exactly what Curtis has done with this film. It has its flaws, but it rises above them as it presents an ambitious drama that doesn't allow itself to be pigeonholed or hand tied by genre limitations.
-Ryan Michael Painter