"About Time is one of those heartfelt films that reminds us of what is truly important in life"
The ability to go back into our past is something that has tugged at many of our souls for almost as long as long as we can remember. "About Time" is a film about that very notion. It's a story about a young man who learns that he has the uncanny ability to go back into his past and alter undesirable outcomes until his heart is content. For most of us, this sounds like a dream, but as young Tim learns, the gift is so much more than just a means to correct a mistake. You ready? Let's Unhinge.
The film begins showing the Lake household consisting of a loving mother and father, one sister and ...
Tim(Gleeson). Tim isn't really anything too striking, as he is a clumsy young man that really doesn't have a clue about the way of the world or women for that matter. He is the main character of the story and pretty much all events within the world of "About Time" rotate around him. Now there are a few more Lakes shuffling about the home, but they are just extended-family and serve to show the close-knit dynamics within the Lake home.
Grounding aside, the film kicks off showing a rather wild New Year's Eve Party at the Lake home which definitely turns up the pace of the movie. You know loud music, drinks flowing and promiscuous activity, the normal fare for a party, right? It is not long after the party that Tim is summoned by his father who informs him of a family secret, a secret known only to the men of the Lake home. What is the secret? Tim is told by his father(Nighy) that he has the ability to travel back in time.
Yeah, we know, we'd be falling out of our rocker too if anyone told us that, but then again, this is Tim's story. So as we stated above, Tim's father tells him that he has the ability to go back in time if he closes his fists in a dark space. Not one to be outdone, Tim humors the old man and gives it a whirl and guess what? It works! It works so good that he goes back to the New Year's Eve party that they just had in his house, only hours prior.
From that point on, Tim begins to broaden his horizons and leave the home to make it on his own as a young man in the corporate world. He deals with the average drama of finding housing and making new friends, but still something is missing. Tim wants what so many young men want when they are just starting out at making a name for themselves and that thing is a woman. Not just any woman will do though, she must be premium quality. So this is where Rachel McAdams steps in as Mary, a beautiful, nerdy yet passionate young woman with an eye for Tim.
"About Time" is one of those films that has so much heart it could make the Grinch dance a jig at an old folk's home. It's a movie that can make you cry and it's a story that can remind you of what should be the focus in your life. We truly enjoyed watching this film, as it gave us a chance to breathe easy and smile in a time of all this political humbug that is going on around us. This film isn't slated for a U.S release until November 8th, but we had the fortunate opportunity to view it at an early screening courtesy of Carmike Cinemas.
Do we recommend this film? Yes, without a doubt this is one to see! The performances from Domnhall, Rachel and Bill Nighy were soulful and in our opinion, award-worthy. So if you get a chance to view this title when it comes out in the U.S don't hesitate because after all, we can't go back into the past.
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