A few weeks ago I had the privilege of viewing About Time - A film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. I really enjoy a film that I can relate to and this one hit home in many ways. Being a mom of a two-year-old I now cry at the drop of a hat whenever I see a commercial, tv show, or movie that shows a child being born. Just like in About Time when Mary and Tim welcome the birth of their first child. Scenes like that always take me back to the birth of my son. I couldn't help but be transported back to that time as I was watching the film. I relive the moment I first saw him. First held him. First smelled him. All those feelings and emotions come rushing back and you feel like you are in that moment all over again.
For more than three decades, filmmaker Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings
and a Funeral) has crafted his signature voice in the world of movies and television, giving audiences
unforgettable characters who have alternately allowed us to laugh at our ever-so-human foibles and to
shed a tear at the extraordinary journeys that accompany our ordinary lives.
Now, with About Time, Curtis gives us his most personal film to date.
At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time…
The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the
men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he
can change what happens and has happened in his own life—so he decides to make his world a better
place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but
insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again—and again—but finally, after a lot of cunning time traveling, he wins her heart.
Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst
best-man speeches and to save his best friend from professional disaster. But as his unusual life
progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that
affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be
About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.
Being a mom of a toddler I rarely get the opportunity to see an adult movie. About Time was the perfect film to break that streak. This film has the perfect blend of comedy and love story. Even my husband thought it was one of the best movies he has seen in quite some time. Of course, having to watch Rachel McAdams never hurts. There were parts that made me laugh out loud followed by shedding a tear in the same moment. The end message leaves you fulfilled and thankful for the ones you hold closest to you.
This November, get ready to fall in love all over again -- with About Time in theaters November 8, 2013.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Universal Pictures through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about About Time, all opinions are my own.