Recently I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of About Time, the latest film from Richard Curtis, the creator of Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, it focuses on the misadventures of Tim Lake (Gleeson) after his father (the inimitable Bill Nighy) informs him that every male in their family has the ability to travel through time. 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. What struck me most about this film was not the romance at its center but Tim’s relationship with his family. It’s hard not to envy their idyllic country house and movie nights, but how much Tim cares about his quirky sister and his easygoing father is heartwarming. While no super powers have been passed down in my family, I more than relate to how much Tim worries about his sometimes eccentric family. As the middle child in a family of three girls, I feel like I am constantly concerned about my sisters’ lives and well-being. And while I think Tim’s sister Kit Kat’s problems are more extreme than what I’ve had to deal with, learning not to meddle and letting siblings learn lessons the hard way is useful no matter what your family is like.
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. You’ll be hard put not to tear up at the end. About Time opens in select theaters on November 1 and everywhere November 8.