Film review: About Time

If your father has passed away, is far away or you just miss him for whatever reason, the chances of you shedding a few tears in Richard Curtis’ About Time are fairly good. It’s a time-travel film that skips the science or pseudo-science bit and goes straight to tugging at our collective heart strings. This is done by presenting us with rather everyday scenes of love and family, and urging us to engage in a yearning to make up for lost time.

The slightly awkward, pale-faced ginger-haired Tim (with the truly excellent Domhnall Gleeson playing a guy you wouldn’t expect to be the romantic lead) introduced the viewer to his family, a slightly bohemian bunch of old hippies who picnic on the beach every day. Most significantly, his father retired at an early age to spend more time with his family, and his generally laid-back demeanor leads Tim to tell us he seems like he has all the time in the world.

A series of unfortunate events always seems to stand in the way of Tim’s social life, and at the most inopportune moments, he usually ends up making the wrong choice or accidentally turns over a table onto an unsuspecting individual.

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