“About Time”: In Review

About Time

About Time Movie Review

MPAA Rating: Rated for some language and sexual content

Run Time: 123 Minutes

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lydia Wilson

Do you remember playing that game with your friends, you know, the one where you’re miraculously granted one wish, any wish, of your choosing? I vividly do. On my short list of wishes were:

  • Infinite wishes, of course.
  • An unlimited income for life.
  • The ability to travel anywhere I wanted.
  • To have some sort of magical superpower.

But that’s not true anymore. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older or maybe it’s because I have a child of my own, but my one wish now compared to my wishes back then are completely different. If you ask me now what wish I would have granted, I would tell you that it’s more time. Simply, more time. It’s always more time. More time for laughs. More time for hugs. More time for long talks under the evening sky. 

Time. It’s a funny thing and “About Time” (an aptly named movie about time travel), which opened for limited release on November 1st (and wide release on November 8th), is a heartwarming story about a twenty-something time traveler navigating his way through life.  Shortly after his 21st birthday,  Tim (played by Domhnall Gleeson) learns the family secret that the men in his lineage possess the ability to revisit events from their past. His life is forever changed as he utilizes his newfound ability to gain confidence, learn about the world, and find the love of his life Mary (played by Rachel McAdams). But, as with with everything in life, certain decisions come with unintended consequences, something Tim quickly learns as he continues to revisit and re-shape his previous experiences. An unexpected event forever changes Tim’s life and the lives of everyone in his family. As a result, he learns to go back each day and try to enjoy life a little bit more. In time, he discovers a truth that we can all live by (time travelers or not).

Never before has a movie’s message resonated so with me on such a personal level. The introduction to this review is something that I’ve had in my drafts for months. Oddly enough, I had planned to title the post “About Time” (or something to that effect) but I never really got around to it…I wasn’t sure where to take this post. That is, until I saw this movie. What I enjoyed most about the film was that each of the characters is relatable to someone in your daily life (maybe even yourself).  The film was quirky, funny, and really enjoyable.

This wonderfully scripted, beautifully casted film is a must see for anyone looking to warm their hearts this November. On my scale of 1 to 10 where 1 is the worst, 5 is the best, and 10 is the worst again, I give “About Time” a glowing 5.1025 and an emoticon based sub ranking of “Awwwwww!”.


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