About Time (2013)


I’m not a fan of sci-fi movies, although I do watch them from time to time. “About Time” can in no way be embedded in the sci-fi genre, especially if we are familiar with the signer of this work. He is the director and screenwriter of light, classic, love “feel good” stories like Notting Hill or Love Actually, and he used that proven pattern in his last film. Time travel in relation to Richard Curtis is only a starting point that served him as a sympathetic conceptual solution for the emotional and human elements, which are otherwise the leitmotifs of his works. So, my dear sci-fi fanatics, this as you can see is not a movie for you.

In one of those conversations between father and son, young Tim reveals how men in his family have the ability to travel through time. Why this is so, even the father himself cannot explain. He can go back to only certain moments of his life that he remembers, that influenced him, and he certainly cannot go into the future. For “transport” it is necessary to close the closet and clench your fists. At the moment of the birth of one’s own child, the so-called circle and rummaging through the past, after the very act of birth, the balance is disturbed, that is, such journeys hide dangerous traps. It is now up to Tim how he will use that “advantage”. While her father spent it on education and all the books he wanted to read, Tim, probably burdened by love failures, uses it as a weapon in the search for the “ideal” of the better half. Fulfilling the goal and hope is difficult even with such possibilities, and the time spent with the closest ones is never enough.

What distinguishes this film from the other Curtis is the emphasis on the father-son relationship, where we really see their incredible connection full of understanding. It is also interesting that his better half, Mary, presented by the standard good Rachel McAdams, seduces, wins and marries at an early stage of the film, so the story goes into some unnecessary pathetic endings that disrupted his great rhythm, and should are to be reduced to a decent time difference, at least fifteen minutes shorter.

Yet there are many more of those witty, warm sequences and honest conclusions of the most invaluable and specific experience that the Team is going through. Let’s take a couple of them: “Time travel will not make a person fall in love with you at a given moment, the situation you prevented will pop up somewhere else. You can’t influence some fateful things, you should live day by day like everyone else, and the right moment is the moment when you are completely fulfilled, lying in bed, silent, hugging your wife, children and smiling to yourself how happy you are. ” .

References to Groundhog Day should certainly be commended, where Tim strives for perfection (repeating that scene of his first sex with a future woman until he is exposed to it) or the moment (when in the case of the object of lust for Charlotte he returns time here and there to declare love to her) she realizes how complicated women are and how much all this rumor about one will not make her fall in love with you. Of course, there is a whole constellation of incidental characters, eccentric friends in the film, and an important role in Tim’s life, apart from his father, wife, is played by the crazy and vulnerable sister Keith Kat. They are here purely to enrich that journey with their presence, and along the way with their destinies, to complicate the balance of his life.

I really liked the film because it was set on those sound foundations, it glorifies true values, and the most important thing is that it made me laugh that these newer comedies rarely work. The playlist has been enriched for one Italian canzone by Jimmy Fontana – Il Mondo, which has been scrolled through the film several times.