Film Review: About Time

Richard Curtis has all but solidified his legacy in the mind of female audience members alike as the preeminent bard of the British chick-flick. He wrote and produced Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, wrote both Bridget Jones movies, and directed Love Actually, which is quite possibly the chick-flick to end all chick-flicks. He’s a permanent part of the fabric of modern romantic comedies, and his new film is no different. What is different in About Time is its main conceit that attempts to inject its broad sense of comedy with a hint of downplayed sci-fi as an imaginative way to mine familiar sentimental territory. You see, the main character Tim (played by Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson) is informed on his 21st birthday by his father (the incomparably British Bill Nighy) that the men in their family can travel through time.

There’s no DeLorean and no Loopers involved,
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