About Time (♦♦♦♦)

The day after another failed New Year's party, Tim's (Domnhall Gleeson) father (Bill Nighy) confesses to Tim that the men in the family are able to travel back in time and possibly tweak events that may have just happened. Tim uses his new found ability to get himself a girlfriend (Rachel McAdams). As years go by, Tim realizes that either he has less time for going back in time, or no need at all. Living the moment the best he can the first time is the recipe for happiness.

Watching this movie's characters may remind you of other British romantic comedies such as Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Love Actually, and that's no coincidence because About Time is directed and written by Richard Curtis, director of the other three films I just mentioned. With Curtis you sort of expect quirky characters, lots of humor, plenty of love, the occasional tragedy, and a happy ending, and About Time has these ingredients and more in spades.

Rachel McAdams, one of my favorite leading ladies in romantic comedies or dramas (take as examples The Notebook, Midnight in Paris, and The Vow) is the co-protagonist in About Time, together with Domnhall Gleeson, who practically steals the movie with his sweet charm. McAdams and Gleeson had a sweet chemistry that propelled the movie forward. Bill Nighy has a flair for interpreting quirky characters to perfection, and he does so in this film superbly. The rest of the ensemble is just icing on the cake.

Music plays a big role in About Time, from piano pieces to contagious pop songs that suit the plot well. About Time just became for me a go-to romantic movie.

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  1. I typically love Richard Curtis movies, but I haven't seen this one. Maybe I should...

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    1. I think you would like it. It was sweet and very funny.

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  2. Sounds great. I love Midnight in Paris! Madame Bovary is on its way to me from Netflix. Excited.

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    1. I loved Midnight in Paris as well.
      The one with Mia Wasikowska? If it is that one I have it on my queue.

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    2. Actually Marion Cotillard plays the woman from (I think) the time jump to the Belle Epoch, the one that the Owen Wilson character falls in love with. Marion! This was the movie where I first fell in love with her--knowingly. Because I saw her years ago as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose!!

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    3. I know. I meant Mia Wasikowska in Madame Bovary, the version from 2013. I have that one in my queue.

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  3. Oh. Yes Mia W in Madame Bovary. I guess the Christmas rush is getting to me. Sorry.

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    1. I should have specified specified from the start. :-P

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  4. I loved this quirky rom-com - glad you enjoyed it too :-)

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    1. I know, right? Quirky and very funny. I enjoyed it more than I expected.

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  5. I like McAdams dramas. She's pretty good in Spotlight. But I did like Midnight in Paris. Funny!

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    1. I know, she is a very good actress. She is another reason to watch Spotlight, but the movie has a good cast overall.

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  6. I saw Madam Bovary two nights ago, on DVD from Netflix. Did you see it yet? I don't want to say anything until you do.

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    1. I promise to watch it this coming weekend and we'll compare notes.

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