There are some movies that stick with you. About Time is one. Here are five reasons:
1. About Time is a spectacular drama, dressed up as a romantic comedy.
To be honest, I feel like the marketing team missed something here. I remember seeing the poster and thinking it looked like a dumb romantic comedy and I forgot about it (on this note, skip the trailer…). Only after it popped up on HBO GO did I actually watch it. I was struck immediately by the story.
When he turns 21, Tim finds out he has the ability to travel back in time (stick with me, I know this sounds dumb). He knows that going back in time will always be about love. For his father, it was always about reading – he would travel back in time so he’d have the time to read as many books as possible, incredible, right?
There were moments when I thought, “oh this is one of those movies,” and I was always proven wrong. It never went the way I expected; it went in intelligent ways.
In the end, you will be left thinking about love between partners, parents, children. Love.
2. The cast.
Everyone in this film was great. The actors were great. The characters were amazing. The main characters are witty and clever. The eccentric sister is flawed and loveable. The uncle is endearing. The dad. Oh, the dad. I don’t know what to say about the dad. Just watch it.
I have loved Rachel McAdams since Slings and Arrows (a TV show you MUST watch if you like Shakespeare or theatre or comedy or anything). She is lovely in this film.
But, Tim, played by Domhall Gleeson…
3. Tim, played by Domhall Gleeson.
I have a new mancrush. Domhall Gleeson has incredible timing, emotional depth, humor, and he’s good looking.
Apparently he played a Weasley (seems like all English gingers played a Weasley), but I didn’t recognize him. He’s also going to be in Unbroken – I’m excited about this! He’s also in the new Star Wars…
He was perfect, and I can’t wait to see what else he does with his career. Keep an eye on him!
4. The Music.
It had me at “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. It had me even more at “How Long Will I Love You” Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney & Ben Coleman, and also by Ellie Goulding.
At our wedding, we had the lyrics of “The Luckiest” printed in our wedding program. It has always had a special spot in my heart. It’s a lovely song, and it’s perfect for the film.
5. The magic realism, or fantasy.
The time travel in this film isn’t the main point. It isn’t fleshed out, or realistic, it’s just a plot device. Tim uses his extra time to help win over Rachel McAdam’s character, Mary, this is true. But he also uses his extra time to live his life with more intention – to focus on the little, unimportant details of life.