It’s “About Time”

Nov 5, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
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Rachel McAdams

Romantic love is one of the most powerful sensations on earth. And one filmmaker captures that emotion so well, Richard Curtis. Known for some of the best romantic comedies ever made, Love Actually and Notting Hill, Curtis’ new film About Time has been highly anticipated.

About Time follows a young Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers that he has a unique gift. Tim’s dad (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in their family have the ability to travel through time. Although he can’t change history, he can change what happens and what has happened in his own life. Unsurprisingly, Tim uses this to his advantage. Enter beautiful Mary (Rachel McAdams). Tim uses his new found ability to win her heart and the two fall in love. Tim frequently uses time travel to perfect the story of them. As his unique story relentlessly progresses Tim realizes he cannot shield himself or his loved ones from the harsh realities of life.

The film brings up such an alluring topic, being able to have a second chance and control what happens in one’s life. Rachel McAdams said it so eloquently, “Time travel is so romantic. It pulls on that idealistic side of us, and that dreamer part of you. So, what if? What if I could do it all over again? But the idea at the end of it is maybe do it once really well.” Domhnall Gleeson echoed that notion hoping that the film will have viewers realize and appreciate who and what they have around them. To truly enjoy and live in the moment.

There has also been much buzz around the film due to the fact that it may be Richard Curtis’ last. Gleeson commented on the film and its parallel with Curtis, “I think the film is probably the most personal one he has written. That’s how it feels to me. The first time I met him he told me it was the last one he was going to direct…I think it’s for the same reasons…family, making time to enjoy and appreciate the short amount of time that you have…He wants to be around his family, and to enjoy being alive and not being stressed on the film set. I’ll be very sad if it’s the last film that he does, but I will understand.” Rachel McAdams mirrored Gleeson’s sentiment saying, “I feel really, really lucky. Especially if it might be his last, which I really hope that it’s not…there really is no one better.”

And no one can deliver the message of this film better than Curtis himself, “the whole point of the contraption is to end up just saying, perhaps, we should appreciate how extraordinary every ordinary day of our lives is…to make you walk out of the cinema and say ‘maybe I should be happier tomorrow.'”

Romantic love is one of the most powerful sensations on earth. And one filmmaker captures that emotion so well, Richard Curtis. Known for some of the best romantic comedies ever made, Love Actually and Notting Hill, Curtis’ new film About Time has been highly anticipated.