About Time is a romantic comedy with some fair amount of drama and a dash of fantasy added to the mix. It is written and directed by Richard Curtis. It was first released in 2013. Domhnall Gleeson is the lead actor and is joined by Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Lindsey Duncan, Margot Robbie, Tom Hollander, Lydia Wilson, and several other fine castmates.
Tim Lake is a young man who has come of age in Cornwall. He comes from a loving family, but he is a bit socially awkward. Bill Nighy, as the father, lets Tim on a rather unusual secret. Apparently, the men in the family have the ability to travel along through own timeline just by going into a dark closet and concentrating on when they would like to visit. There are some helpful warnings going along with this revelation. Tim decides to use his gift to improve his luck with women.
Tim meets Mary, played by McAdams, and falls in love. Of course, that doesn’t always go smoothly, but the time traveling comes in handy, but Tim finds there are caveats to this gift.
So this is a strange movie but it is loaded with charm and heart. There is a surprising depth to this one, which is impressive coming from a writer who helped create Mr. Bean. Anyway, the film is full of eccentric, amusing people. Nighy is particularly good, but he usually is. Gleeson is quite compelling as a young man trying to find his way in life and love. Really, everyone does well in their performance.
There is no explanation as to why this particular family possesses such a unique gift, the writing is so good that thread was fine dangling right where it was.
This is one of the few movies I have seen recently that worked on almost every aspect. Is it a perfect movie? Perhaps….