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Review of "ABOUT TIME"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2013. Written 20th Novemebr 2013. First published 21st November 2013.
REVIEW: "ABOUT TIME" by Jayne Waterford

Richard Curtis' "ABOUT TIME" (2013) is 15 times better than his feel good venture "LOVE IS ACTUALLY ALL AROUND" in (2003) During the writing of "LOVE ACTUALLY" some goose told Curtis that many positive love stories all with fulfilling endings would be too saccharine for any audience. Here thankfully he has put advice aside. Every unpleasant outcome can be undone except the natural and unavoidable ones, which our characters come to terms with as we all do. This has led to a much more satisfying experience and I forecast DVD sales will blitz those of "LOVE ACTUALLY". I mean they didn't even have Hugh Grant's voice taking out over the closing scene. It was just reality by cold emersion. *prances over to DVD player and puts it on*

"ABOUT TIME" is a wonderful film about an awkward young man, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), who becomes a lawyer and upon his 21st birthday learns an astonishing truth about the men in his family. We're sitting around the family table and realise that the awkward chaps are time travellers. Their lives suddenly make much more sense. Sometimes the women in the family know this astonishing fact. Sometimes this divulge has been erased. Sometimes we're left lifting

strangers into the crib and that is when the limits of our power sink home.

"ABOUT TIME" is an English film full of lots of English foibles. It's as English as Jonathan Lynn's "WILD TARGET" (2009) featuring Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint (, how English can you get? Names just stop short of your face). It exports a culture that Bill Nighy apparently isn't embarrassed by but revels in. Birthday parties of three people dancing around a cake. Tea on the beach every day regardless of the weather.

"ABOUT TIME" definitely promoted the happiness of family with a stay at home wife and the happiness of children. That is what it's all about. And our characters are unsparingly fulfilled. It's a joy. Full points. 10/10

Richard Curtis' "ABOUT TIME" (2013)
Release Date 17th October 2013
Category Comedy Drama Sci-Fi Adventure
Running Time 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes)
Rating R
Origin UK
Writer and Director Richard Curtis
Stars Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Domhnall Gleeson, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie.


Official Blurb "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, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road.

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 dangerous too. "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.

Richard Curtis is the writer of TV shows such as Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, Mr Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. His movies include Four Weddings and a Funeral; Notting Hill; Bridget Jones’s Diary; and Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked, which he also directed. Most recently, he co-wrote the screenplay for "WAR HORSE"." - UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONAL AUSTRALASIA (NBC Universal) PR