Valissa Smith is managing partner of www.itsallaboutHER.com, an online resource for women. She is a proud member of the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. You can watch Valissa's movie reviews Fridays at 11:00 a.m.on the KSHB-TV Midday Newscast.
When Tim turns 21, his father tells him about a secret power shared only by the men of the family. If you go into a dark place, close your eyes and clinch your fists, and imagine a previous time in life, you will return to that time. It becomes a fun and effective tool for Tim who is still a virgin, wrestles with awkwardness, but who thankfully has a very kind and loving heart like his father. Because the fun of time travel can change the course of life if you let it, it's important to remember some things in life are worth keeping just the way they are.
Yes, this is the third or fourth time-travel story for Rachel McAdams but it is NOT like the others. Yes, Rachel plays the time-travelers girl and there is plenty of love. But this feels more like a father/son story to me. Bill Nighy plays a man who lives very much in the moment, appreciating what is around him, including his only son. Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is a young man just trying to find himself in life and trying to make a life for himself. He believes there would be more to appreciate with Mary at his side, a girl almost as insecure as Tim with the same name as his mother. And like most of us, Tim just knows she is the one to live out life with.
It is likely Domhnall Gleeson (sounds like DOE-null) looks familiar to you. We watched him grow up in Harry Potter films as Ron’s older brother Bill Weasley. In 2011, he was named as one of European film's Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion. Not bad for a guy with a degree in media arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a joy to watch. Rachel McAdams felt a little old for this part (she is about to turn 35.) The bangs help when she's playing the 21 year old.
This very well thought out story is intriguingly entertaining. At times it is very funny and yet it pulled the tears. The older I get, the more precious time becomes with my husband, my parents, my children, my siblings and their children. Connectedness is really all we have or don’t have with the people in our lives. About Time reminds us of that.
It's a film that will resonate with many. Women enjoy love stories. Guys enjoy the concept of time-travel. And my generation will enjoy those too, plus the father/son story and the element of aging. It’s worth a watch.
Arruga! = 0
Fidget Factor = 0
Age Range = 16 and up
Overall Grade = B+