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About Time **

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Run Time: 119 mins Cert: 15

 

Synopsis: In Richard Curtis’s latest romantic comedy, Tim (Domnhall Gleeson) discovers he can travel through time and decides to use his abilities to make his life better.

 

At the beginning of the movie we are introduced to Tim (Domnhall Gleeson), a young man from Cornwall who lacks confidence. Following a New Year party, the 21-year-old is told by his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in his family have a special ability: time travel. While he can’t go beyond the start of his own life, he can change things that have happened to him so Tim decides this could help him get a girlfriend. Initially his attempts fail as the girl he likes doesn’t share his feelings, but on moving to London he meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and travels back and forth in time to try and win her heart.

 

The addition of time travel to a romantic comedy gave “About Time” a lot of potential, however this aspect is dealt with badly. The writer applies no rules whatsoever and there are a lot of inconsistencies in the story.

 

Throughout the movie there is no conflict whatsoever. Once the two main characters are together, they never fight once. Every event during their life together seems to go smoothly and there are no disagreements about parents, wedding plans or even day to day issues. This makes the characters feel somewhat one dimensional.

 

The film features some good acting, particularly from Bill Nighy and Tom Hollander. However a weak script and lack of depth mean they have less scope to perform well. Gleeson is very bland in his role as Tim and while McAdams is pleasant enough to watch, her character is quite flat.

 

Overall, “About Time” was disappointing. While the idea was good, its weak humour and idealistic story let it down.

 

Reviewed by Lesley Logan

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*Originally reviewed at EIFF