“About Time” – 2013 Film

9 Dec

The lovely Rachel McAdams reprises the role of a time-traveller’s wife in this rom-com (having previously played the titular role in “THE Time-Traveller’s Wife”.

But there’s far more appeal to this feel-good film than just that. It’s a good example of how a much-used idea can still make a good film, as it’s the execution, not just the idea itself.

The story is basically this: Tim (appropriate name) discovers from his father that he has the ability to travel back in time.  So he uses this ability to be more successful with women as well as to help friends in difficult situations, such as remedying the disastrous performance of a play written by his playwright friend.

In so doing, he discovers that if you change the past, you affect the present in other unintended ways also.  So as I said, a much-used idea.

But the much-used idea is very well used in this film.  The like-able, and in some cases amusing, personalities of most of the characters, together with the settings in London and rural, coastal Cornwall give it a nice, warm feel.  If you’re tired of films about violence and bitterness, this is the antidote. But it’s not so sugary an antidote as to induce vomiting! The balance seems just right.

I must just mention again the settings of London and Cornwall: when I live away from my own country, I tend to feel more patriotic. Absence makes the heart grow fonder (or in my case: fond). It’s nice to see these two contrasting parts of England, including the “Dans le Noir” restaurant in London (which I HIGHLY recommend, by the way).

The idea of time-travel to the past affecting the present may be much used, but it’s a versatile idea. That’s the beauty of it!  It allows for so many variations in plot, so that this film still feels unique (at least by my experience).

Finally it ends with a rather nice message about life, which could make you roll your eyes and sneer, or could make you think (as it did to me): “That’s a pretty good piece of advice!”

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2 Responses to ““About Time” – 2013 Film”

  1. Christine Jenkins December 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Yes, Stephen Hawking has observed that time travel will never be possible as if it were we would already have been inundated with visitors from the future. Fascinating thought … they could tell us where we were all going!

  2. aprilroach6 August 4, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    I really liked this film, and you’re right the balance between being a nice feel-good movie, and something that is too cheesy is just right. I loved the father’s way of using time-travel to read as many books as he could.

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