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About Time Movie Review - A Romantic Approach Towards Time Travel

Updated on April 27, 2018
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Vikas has a passion for movies and likes to review them on his blog. In his free time, he likes to analyse some brain teasing films.

Cast - Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie, Bill Nighy

Directed By - Richard Curtis

Genre - Romance, Comedy, Drama

Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) has an acquired ability to time travel that runs in his family. One fine day when he gets to know about it from his father James Lake (Bill Nighy), he uses this gift to mainly get into a serious relationship, and he gets a girl named Mary (Rachel McAdams) with whom he decides to spend his life.

Whenever you think about a time travel film, you imagine some big devices or machines in which you will sit, push some buttons and boom, you go back in time. But About Time has a different approach towards time travel, it uses a simpler way of travelling back in time by just closing yourself in a locker and shut your eyes and think about the moment you want to go back to, and you will travel back at that moment. This movie is so beautifully shot and made that you are likely to get connected to it instantaneously. Forget about time travel, the films central message which it explores is to live in the moment and let everything take place just the way its meant to be. For a movie based on time travel, I find the exploration of this concept unique and fascinating as it tries to do something different from other films based on the same idea and About Time pulls off everything very beautifully. It is a love story with time travel elements to make it different from other romantic films and I think this is undoubtedly one of the finest to have come out in a while.

The performances are also to the point with the highlight being Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams. Their chemistry is terrific, and they look beautiful together almost like a real couple, and it's all possible because of there fantastic performances. Apart from these two, the other character I liked the most is that of Lydia Wilson's who plays Tim's sister in the film, and I found her very engaging and energetic. Margot Robbie didn't have much to do, but she was also good whenever she was present on the screen.

My only issue with the film is that it felt a bit dragged towards the climax, but that is not so buggy when compared to the whole movie which I found quite interesting and entertaining.

About Time is filled with love, romance and emotions and some scenes can also wet your eyes with heartbreak. It's a feel-good film that I would recommend you to check out at least once and would be very happy to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

4 stars for About Time


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