Wednesday, October 30, 2013

About Time Review - 3 Stars

“About Time” aims to appeal to fans of “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually”—a British American crossover romantic comedy that works surprisingly well.  The great Bill Nighy calls his son Domhnall Gleeson into his study and reveals a family secret:  the men in the family have the ability to travel back in time.  Not long distances mind you, just a few weeks or months in order to repair gaffes and embarrassments in their lives.  At first the kid doesn’t believe it, but then following his Dad’s instruction — (get into a dark cupboard, clench your fists and think about where you want to return) it works.  Gleeson uses his powers to smooth out his relationship with Rachael McAdams, repairing it into marriage and a satisfying sex life and most of all a satisfying family life.  The time travel ability has some drawbacks and catches us a little short toward the end.  I found this a delightful celebration of the ordinary moments in life.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Romantic comedy with a touch of sci-fi.  Is it entertaining?  Emotionally satisfying.  Is it worth the price of admission?  A delight.