Monday, June 23, 2014

Movie of the Week – About Time

This week’s movie: About Time (2013)

On his 21st birthday, Tim discovers that he can travel in time (a family tradition passed down from father to son), thereby changing the events in his life. At first it seems like a gift and Tim uses it like any young man would to get the girl of his dreams. Time travel is a tricky thing, however, and Tim soon realizes that if he meddles too much, everything he knows can be undone forever.

The film is written and directed by Richard Curtis, who also wrote other romantic comedy favorites Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary (as well as writing the great Mr. Bean series). About Time is his third feature that he wrote and directed, his first two were Love Actually (everyone’s favorite) and Pirate Radio; he also wrote the dramas Girl in the Café and War Horse. On About Time, he worked with composer Nick Laird-Clowes, cinematographer John Guleserian, and production designer John Paul Kelly.

About Time is a very charming romantic comedy. It also has a strong emotional dramatic undertone, giving the overall narrative a bit more weight than the average rom-com. The film is very funny as well. It is my favorite romantic comedy of 2013 and among my favorite twenty-five films of the year. It is a must-see for fans of rom-coms and Richard Curtis’s work.

Trailer: Here
Available on: Blu-ray and Video On-Demand

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