November 20, 2013

Haiku Revieu: About Time

About Time (****1/2)

Tim can time travel
He learns about life through love
Bill Nighy is so great

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD. "From the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral." If that's not enough to prove to you that About Time is one of the cutest romantic comedies (with a twist) ever, then I think you need to see a doctor immediately, because there's something wrong with your heart.

About Time is a film about a young man, who, just after his 21st birthday, is told by his father about their family's secret: that all of the men have the ability to travel back in time in their own life. Tim doesn't quite believe his father at first, but soon learns that the ability is not only real, it's also extraordinarily useful, particularly when it comes to dealing with the ladies.

This movie is utterly adorable. It's also more a little heartbreaking, but not in a "I need to go hide under my covers in a pitch-black room for a week" kind of way, more "wow, life really is beautiful." The cast is pretty much perfect for the roles. Domhnall Gleeson, who I've never seen in anything other than his teeny role as Bill Weasley in various Harry Potter films, is charming, awkward and adorable as Tim. Rachel McAdams plays Mary, the object of his affection, and is sweet and funny and a good match for Tim. Bill Nighy plays Tim's dad, and is so wonderful in the role—if I didn't already have a quirkly dad of my own, I'd be seriously wishing his character in this film could fill the opening.

A word of warning—do take tissues (or a sleeve) with you when you go see this movie. Because there's really no question of "if;" you all must go see it as soon as you can.

*Nighy is actually pronounced Nye. You're welcome.

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