Gleeson and McAdams...have a radiant, believable chemistry that keeps the film aloft, while the other actors glide through effortlessly
About Time' has something for everyone... part romantic comedy, part father-son drama, and a bit of sci-fi mixed in for good measure.
A feel-good movie that manages to make you cry and feel happy at the same time. The cast was amazing and the whole movie will make you smile.
Once again, Richard Curtis puts a fresh spin on the romantic-comedy genre, made all the more impactful when you realize it's his last film.
About Time' is adorable and cute and nerdy.
Gleeson makes an agreeably quirky leading man while Nighy lights up the screen with his alluringly louche charisma, as ever.
Richard Curtis's film is a good-natured fantasy romance of such utterable daftness that it's impossible to dislike.
Yes, it's a romance, but one that feels a little more soulful.
If you haven't seen About Time you are really missing out, it's a gem of a movie.
Just seen About Time at the cinema. A lovely Richard Curtis movie: clever idea, great acting, exquisite characters and thoughtful dialogue.
For more than three decades, filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) has crafted his signature voice in the world of movies and television, giving audiences unforgettable characters who have alternately allowed us to laugh at our ever-so-human foibles and to share a tear at the extraordinary journeys that accompany our ordinary lives.
Now, with About Time, Curtis gives us his most personal film to date.
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.
Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches and to save his best friend from professional disaster. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, too.
About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
One item that Tim Lake did not expect to get as a 21st-birthday present from his dad was the knowledge that the men in his family are able to travel through time. While the lawyer-in-training isn’t able to change history, he can fix the bad decisions of his own life. What’s his priority with this newfound gift? Finding love, naturally.
An American in London, Mary is a beautiful-but-insecure sort who is still always up for an adventure. When Mary meets Tim at the aptly named restaurant Dans Le Noir, she finds herself strangely drawn to this curiously odd young man from Cornwall. This stranger seems to know her hopes and dreams as well as she does. But Mary is not about to give in to this charmer so easily…
Although Dad must keep the secret of time travel from his son until Tim’s 21st birthday, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been relishing every moment of life with his beloved family in Cornwall. Nothing is more important to Dad than a normal day at home with his wife, Tim and Kit Kat, and no one knows better how precious life is.
The heart of her family, Tim’s Mum has long styled her fashions after the Queen, and is one of the more sensible women whom you’d encounter on the coast. She wants nothing but the very best for her children, Kit Kat and Tim, and welcomes all into her home who share her primary motivation.
A playwright by day and a mouthy drinker by night, Harry allows Tim to let a room in his London flat. The least pleasant man in the world, Harry still has a good heart buried under the protective emotional gear he’s put on after his wife up and left him.
The freest of free spirits, Kit Kat is the other love of Tim’s life. His sister shirks any sense of normalcy, and her ability to infuse chaos into Tim’s onward-focused plans leaves her brother a bit flummoxed. While he understands that Kit Kat needs to make bad decisions to arrive at better ones, that doesn’t stop Tim from worrying sick about her.