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ABOUT TIME is one of those special films that once you think you have it figured out it is only then that you realize what it is truly about; and that is a beautiful moment.

about-time-film-posterPart witty comedy, with a healthy dose of romance, About Time uses the syfy twist of time travel to give it that element of originality without being cliche.

For his 21st birthday Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) gets an interesting present from his Father (Bill Nighy); a family secret about the males ability to time travel. It seems that they can time jump to any moment in the past that they have already been a part of. So they can, for example, go relive watching a sunset but can’t kill Hitler. When Tim meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) he uses this ability to ensure their destiny; often with comedic results.

If you are not a fan of time travel films or find them usually hole ridden and predictable please note that this film is far more than that. At its heart it is a beautiful film about family, love, and living each moment to the fullest. Yes there are times that the plausibility is in question but you can’t allow that to rob you of the sentiment. The characters are all likeable and the writing is catchy. British films have a high brow wit about them and this one is top notch.

The father son relationship in this film equals that of Tim and Marys. Nighy is so perfect in this role. He has a warmth and passion about him that is very easy going. His conversations with Tim are heartfelt and always with that undertone of mischievousness. Likewise you pull for Tim and Mary from the start and like seeing them together. They add just the right touch of romance so that it makes a perfect date night film while not alienating the man in your life. On the switch side, guys will love the wit and humor and try as they might they can’t avoid the emotional moments of father and son; nor should they.

abouttime2About Time is rated R for language and some sexual content. Honestly, other than a spattering of expletives this is a very tame R rated film. The heart and message far outweigh anything that one might find offensive. As mentioned, once you find the rhythm of the film and think you have it all sewn up, a beautiful truth comes out of nowhere and you truly realize the meaning of the film. I give it 4.5 out of 5 art galleries. A perfectly written and splendidly acted piece of film making.