399. About Time

Background info

399-about-timeTitle: About Time
Director: Richard Curtis
Year: 2013
Run time: 2hrs 3m

“Academy Award nominated director Richard Curtis brings to life the story of a good-hearted but awkward young lawyer who discovers from his father that all the men in their family can travel through time. Upon this newfound discovery, the lawyer exploits his time travel abilities in order to court the woman of his dreams – until he discovers the limits of his powers. Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams star in this tale of love and discovery where the protagonist soon learns that despite his unique gift, he cannot escape the trials and sorrows of life.”

Live blog

1:16 – “Her fashion icon was the Queen.”
2:47 – I love the concept of broadcasting a film on the side of your house!
6:08 – Love this conversation. How do you convince someone that time travel is real?
9:07 – They can go forward then, if he goes back and does whatever, then returns to where he started from.
16:30 – Ack, women. She’s so mean without knowing she’s being mean.
18:39 – Yay Rev!
24:20 – That’s like a proper blind date.
26:03 – Who says Frock in this day and age?
31:21 – As much as I love that, don’t plays have someone off stage to prompt?
34:49 – The sister is amazing.
42:24 – That’s Groundhog Day, right there. Using her own words against her.
42:40 – “If we leave now, we can have more than one starter.”
46:28 – She dresses like the 1970s. Can’t work out if that’s good or bad.
50:55 – This version of How Long Will I Love You is better than the original.
52:25 – “Stall them.” “Come on up!”
57:00 – Part of me is wondering whether to redo things is bad, but it’s not like he’s not experiencing all the horror first.
1:02:44 – “Any thoughts on the answer?”
1:05:40 – This film definitely needs more Bill Nighy.
1:13:13 – If he’s going back to change the best man, I think he should also change the day to avoid the rain!
1:14:14 – What if they tried to go back at the same time?
1:17:54 – “…the indifference of friends who don’t have babies.” My bad.
1:20:02 – Baz Luhrman quote!
1:28:30 – That’s a tough choice.
1:42:44 – Every day twice would be alright for a bit, but must get boring?

Conclusions

I was looking forward to this, a time travel movie is always going to get my attention, and if you combine it with the good things Richard Curtis has done, then you should be in for a treat!

As soon as it was over, my initial feeling was that it had been a good film. But gradually, as the minutes ticked by, I changed my mind.

There were heaps of inconsistencies in terms of the science of time travel but you don’t go into a Curtis film expecting it to be scientifically accurate. You expect witty dialogue and brilliant characters, and that’s exactly what you get.

My issues with the film aren’t particularly with the mechanics of time travel, although there are a lot of plot holes created and left unanswered. But there are so many other issues too. Why is it only men who can do the travelling? If he trusts his sister why didn’t he trust his wife? Why did the dad not step in to help the sister sort her life out?

And more than anything else, what a colossal waste of a precious gift. The dad used it to read ALL the books, which is at least somewhat interesting. But the boy, just uses it to untangle someone else’s love life and then manipulate her into loving him instead. Think of what he could have achieved if he’d just put his mind to it!

Not good.

Rating: 2/5

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