Film Review: About Time

About Time

Richard Curtis’ About Time is a comedy drama which is both entertaining and affecting.

At the age of 21, Tim discovers from his father that all the men in his family have the ability to time travel. Tim can use this gift to travel back into his own life history. Tim decides to use the ability to help him find a girlfriend…

About Time is fairly typical of Richard Curtis’ output in terms of themes and style. The film works because the narrative and characters are strong enough to engage viewers.

The narrative utilises the time travel device, relying on it for comic effect for the most part. The characters are developed well enough to appear authentic and to persuade viewers to care about their outcomes. Similarly, the various relationships in the film have an air of authenticity to them; the family dynamics in particular are conveyed in a believable manner.

The themes that About Time revolves around are love, family and life choices. Curtis uses the science-fiction dynamic to convey the important aspects of life and the consequences of choices. The film is certainly a romantic comedy drama first and foremost; the sci-fi aspect is an add on to this.

Although About Time is successful for the most part, the montage at the very end is completely unnecessary. A motif of Richard Curtis, the very ending is cloying to the point of being unpalatable. Curtis makes his point effectively without the need for the device, which cheapens the overall film.

Performances in About Time are good overall. Bill Nighy is perfectly cast as the knowledgeable father. Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams have great chemistry, although it is difficult to believe that the characters have aged as much as they should have over the timespan the film covers.

A well-crafted narrative and three-dimensional characters make About Time an enjoyable watch. A tad too sentimental at times, the film is successful in its aims nevertheless.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of movie stuffs this week, including the latest Man of Steel TV spot, Disney’s Big Hero 6, the Coen Brothers’ latest and a Herzog re-release…

Man of Steel

Here is the new Man of Steel TV spot. Although the film looks exciting, the TV spot fails to answer the question everyone is asking; is Gus Gorman in this latest Superman film? Really, that’s what we want to know. Man of Steel, with or without Gus Gorman, is released in UK cinemas on 14th June 2013.

Big Hero 6

Here is the first look at Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6. I want to live in San Fransokyo, it looks amazing! The film is about a robotics prodigy who finds himself in the grips of  criminal plot that threatens the city. Big Hero 6 is due for release in the US on 7th November 2014.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is about a young folk singer in 1960s New York. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake. But who knows, the breakout star may be the cat in the first seen in this trailer. Inside Llewyn Davis is due for release in UK cinemas on 24th January 2014.

The World’s End

Edgar Wright’s latest offering is The World’s End, starring past collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film seems like exactly what one would expect from the trio; comedy and some very strange shenanigans. The World’s End hits UK screens on 19th July 2013.

The Internship

The Internship reunites Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The comedy is about two advertising salesmen who start an internship at Google. The trailer reminds me of that episode of Friends where Chandler starts an internship at an ad agency and he’s so much older than the rest of the interns. The Internship is out in UK cinemas on 4th July 2013.

About Time

Here is the first trailer for Richard Curtis’ latest film, About Time. The comedy stars Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams and Domhall Gleeson. I’m getting Groundhog Day vibes from the trailer, although I think the film is going to weigh heavy on the whole consequences theme. About Time is released in UK cinemas on 6th September 2013.

Aguirre, Wrath of God

I wish Werner Herzog was narrating this trailer. Werner Herzog should narrate everything. Anyway, the director’s 1972 film Aguirre, Wrath of God gets a re-release as part of the BFI’s retrospective of Herzog in June. Aguirre, Wrath of God will be screened at the BFI and selected UK venues from 7th June 2013.