I first fell in love with this film when it first came out on DVD, and on my second viewing I fell for About Time even more. Centered on the life of Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers he can time travel after his twenty first birthday, this is a beautiful film about how life is both bitter and sweet and events happen unexpectedly, whether we want them to or not. These events can change our lives in the blink of an eye, and Tim regularly uses his abilities to fix up any situation that he deems not perfect enough. Along the way, he discovers true love and the meaning of living life day by day, even if things don’t go as planned.
Domhnall Gleeson is absolutely adorable and completely charming as Tim, and I may have fallen a teeny bit in love with him after this viewing. He’s a relatable character, and you want to see him succeed and end up happy. The other members of the cast are perfecy as well. Rachel McAdams is radiant as Mary, Tim’s true love. She has amazing chemistry with Domhnall, and their onscreen relationship is believable and incredible to see unfold. Bill Nighy brings humor to the film as Tim’s dad, and Margot Robbie steals every scene she appears in.
Event though time travel stories are a dime a dozen, About Time is refreshingly original and different. The time travel takes a backseat to the life of Tim, and the film is all the better for it. This film has the perfect mixture of saccharine sweetness and the bitter tragedy of life’s nasty surprises, with a nice shot of humor injected in when needed.
This is a beautiful, underrated gem of a film that everyone should watch. Even the most jaded romantics or the least interested viewers of science fiction will find parts of this movie to love.
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