On Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) 21st birthday, he learns that all men in his family can time travel. Initially he is sceptical, particularly as travelling involves standing in a closet, making a fist and concentrating very hard. Eventually he learns that the talent is useful, particularly when it comes to love.
About Time is a quirky film by Richard Curtis of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame. It combines gentle humour with a standard romantic comedy plot. Boy meets girl, obstacles emerge, boy uses unusual inherited trait to remove obstacles, boy and girl live happily ever after.
Gleeson is an endearing leading man, Bill Nighy is wryly amusing as his father, Rachel McAdams plays the ingénue with ease, and Lydia Wilson as Tim’s odd sister has the best role.
About Time is comfortably predictable. (LR)