Monday, January 13, 2014

About Time (2013)

Director: Richard Curtis. Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy. 123 min. Rated R. UK. Drama/Romance/Fantasy.

Interesting mix of melodrama and fantasy, from the creators of Love, Acually and Notting Hill. A young man at his 21st birthday learns that males in his family are able to time travel. This could have provided the context for unbelievably deep and wide-ranged story possibilities (can he prevent 9/11?) ... but all he thinks of is winning the girl (McAdams) through trial-and-error of critical points in life, and making sure his family stays safe. The underlying message of "enjoying life's moments as if there's no turning back" is quite fulfilling; ruminating on the message for so long is a drag.

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