Leon van Nierop
1 minute read
25 Oct 2013
6:00 am

About Time to surrender to silliness

Leon van Nierop

You will either fall head-over-heels in love with this movie or tear it to shreds.

It is a delectable guilty pleasure that complements the other projects director Richard Curtis has been involved in. Think of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings And A Funeral. If those sentimental, delirious films tickled your fancy, this one will too.

The story is as unashamedly unlikely and idealistic as any of Curtis’ previous ideas. But as a romantic comedy it hits all the sweet spots.

A clumsy, but lovable nerd with whom we can all identify, Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers that he can travel through time, but also that that doesn’t mean he can prevent Hitler from destroying half of Europe. He can, however, reshape his own romantic destiny to hit it off with his perfect girl the excellent Rachel McAdams.

This is where the success of About Time lies. It dares to do what we all desire: return to a failed romance.

Curtis executes his theme with panache, style and a sharp eye for ironic comedy, making it the perfect antidote to depressing current affairs news.

Domhnall Gleeson is the soul of this movie. He has to work harder than the lookers and his perfectly-timed performance pays off.

About Time is pure romantic fantasy with laughs, affecting romantic interludes and characters you will fall in love with.