Film Review – About Time


I went to see About Time with my mum, and yet again it was one that we saw where it happened to be just us in the cinema, it was beautiful! Basically, to me, this film gave me the feeling of being wrapped up in a warm blanket, with a hot mug of tea, mixed with the perfect amount of cringes for the awkward moments and happy tears, leaving me grinning when I left the cinema.

About Time follows the story of Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), who is told at the age of 21 by his father (Bill Nighy), that – as all other males in their family have – he can travel in time and change what has happened in his own life, but only the past, he cannot see the future – or the future that any changes may cause. Disbelievingly he tries it, and when it works he decides to try and change his life for the better by getting a girlfriend – easier said than done.  It takes many first meetings, and much tweaking of his personal timeline before it finally works, and Mary (Rachael McAdams) finally falls in love with him, but from there another set of problems arise and only the use of time travel can fix those too.

Though this movie is quite slow to start, the performances from all the cast bring it to life, and give it a certain quirk which makes up for it. The character of Tim Lake has completely taken my heart, and is also a character I can relate too rather well, he’s awkward and a bit on the clumsy side, and has a habit of getting into sticky social situations – some of which made me cringe in sympathy for him. Though typically, mum seemed to know this before we’d even entered the cinema.

Bill Nighy was up to his usual antic, bringing a good amount of comedy to the film as well as a good dose of emotional scenes as well. Rachael McAdams however, as Mary, didn’t really get my attention until later in the film. Maybe it was just my decision after I’d seen both her and Gleeson’s character together on screen, that they were far to adorable as a couple? Or that her persona was a lot nicer after having met Tim… I’m not sure but what I do know is that by the end of the film I was grinning from ear to ear!

The soundtrack for this film is gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. I found myself humming along to Nick Cave’s Into My arms – a song which a haven’t heard in years. I am still listening to the other tracks, some which still make me tear up. All in all I loved this film and it definitely earned it’s place  as one of the best films I’ve seen in the past year. If you haven’t already, and you like a good feel-good movie, then this is the one for you. Otherwise get the soundtrack and listen, it is definitely worth it!

Thanks for reading,
Anna x

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