I was treated to an early screening of the upcoming comedy, romance, family and time travel movie, About Time, opening November 1, 2013. I absolutely loved the movie and everything about it. From the cast, to the script, to the music, and everyone and everything else involved, it was pure enjoyment to watch.
About Time was written and directed by Richard Curtis, so it was not surprising that I loved this movie. Richard Curtis wrote and/or directed some of my favorite movies: Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill and Love Actually.
About Time is essentially about love, not only romantic love, but family love also. Please don’t be scared off by the “time travel” element if that isn’t your type of movie. It is extremely low-tech and makes the make more endearing. You never feel like you are watching a science fiction movie.
The Plot of About Time
21 year-old Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in their family can travel back in time, but only to places in their lives that they have already been. He learns that this trick can be a handy way to redo or fix small mistakes he makes or to help others.
Tim leaves his parents’ home in the countryside and moves to London in search of a girlfriend. He finally meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) and they fall in love. However a time travel incident undoes their meeting and he has to get her to fall in love with him all over. This was a great part of the movie, though I was so glad that they didn’t make it the entire movie, which was what I thought was going to happen when I read the description.
There is so much more hilarity and love after they finally get together. I enjoyed the way that About Time was able to weave so many themes together. In addition to romantic love, there is a very tender father-son and a very sweet brother-sister love. But the real message coming out of About Time is to Make the Most of Every Day!
Watch this short trailer of About Time:
Interview with Cast and Writer/Director of About Time
After the movie, a group of bloggers were invited to interview actors Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy and writer, director Richard Curtis. They were a pleasure to interview and couldn’t be nicer. Here are some excerpts:
When asked about how he got the idea for About Time, Richard Curtis answered:
It came from a conversation with a friend about whether or not we were happy, and we both came to the conclusion we were not as happy as we should be. And we kept talking about what would be the perfect day. And I thought how can I write a film about something as simple and it seemed to be important to me as possible.
When asked if there was anything that surprised him about the finished film, Curtis replied:
I think the accumulative effect of the father and son story is stronger than we thought it would be. When you looked at it, he [Bill Nighy] didn’t seem to be in every scene in the family house, and then he was. He was there dancing, he was there sitting, he was there reading when they were doing the garden.
I asked if Richard Curtis if The Time Travelers Wife had any effect on Rachel McAdams casting.
We very nearly didn’t offer it to Rachel because we thought it might be a wasted month while we sent the script to her and she said, well, obviously, I’m not going to do that because I did The Time Traveler’s Wife. We so wanted her that we thought we’d risk it.
When asked about how he approached the time travel element of the movie when everything else in the film was so down to earth, Curtis explained:
Well, it’s odd, because I think when you watch the film, you stop remembering it’s sort of time travel quite soon. And I think one of the ways we achieved it was by how low tech it was.And when we edited the movie, I kept saying to everyone, don’t worry, we’re going to make that better.
And we went to see four special effects houses and the time travel bit. They did a trick where they like rotoscoped out the characters and made it 3D, and we did a thing where we slowed it down and made them go backwards and put fuzzy stuff around the side. And all of that was a disaster, and it looked awful.
I think by making it so banal, you can sort of fit in the sci-fi with all the human stuff. And I worked so little on it because I thought to myself, how would you travel back in time, you’d probably all instinctively go like that. And that was all I did. That was just about it. That was as far as my imagination went.
About Time opens in theaters in the U.S. on November 1, 2013. Follow on Twitter #AboutTime. Follow About Time on Facebook for more information, pictures and Videos of this delightful movie about comedy, romance, family and time travel and most importantly love and living each day to the fullest.
Full Disclosure: I was invited to see the movie in advance for free and to interview some of the cast and writer/director. There was food and drinks available at the interview and I did receive a book, Blu-ray and Cd to take home. All opinions of the About Time are completely my own.