My favorite movie of all time is Love Actually, so you can imagine my excitement when I found out that the same screenwriter (Richard Curtis) also wrote the new rom-com that hits theaters nationwide today, About Time. But this film isn’t your typical romantic comedy. There are several layers to the plot and you’ll find yourself laughing, crying, and on a roller coaster of emotions.
The film follows Tim Lake (played by Domhnall Gleeson), an awkward but lovable guy who just wants to find true love. And after another terribly awkward and failed New Years party, Tim learns a crazy family secret at the age of 21 from his father (Bill Nighy) – all of the men in the Lake family can time travel back in time to a point in their own life (i.e. they’re unable to travel to a time with dinosaurs, the 1800s, etc). Although you’d think this is an awesome thing to be able to do, Tim learns that it’s not as easy as it sounds and that when re-living a moment, it could change things drastically when he returns to the present time.
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After moving into the city (London), Tim meets and falls in love with Mary (Rachel McAdams) but in his quest to help others, he time travels and loses the night where he first met her and must start all over again. Not only is the story of About Time focuses on Tim and Mary, but the film also shifts to show the relationship between Tim and his family members, as he travels in time to fix things, but learns that not everything can be perfect, or fixed, even with the gift of going back in time.
Looking at relationships – whether romantic or platonic, About Time teaches you the importance of spending every moment with the people who matter most to you, and to see the beauty in the little things, because those little things are what matter the most. I love how inspiring this movie is and one of my favorite parts (and a good secret to time traveling) is to live each day twice. Live the first as it would be, taking both the good and the bad. And the second, appreciate everything for what it is. See the positive in the negative. It’s a powerful (and good) lesson and way to live by.
This movie was nothing short of incredible. I highly recommend you see it! And despite the fact that I already saw it, I’m ready to see it in theaters again as well as own it on DVD so I can watch it at any time. It’s THAT good.