'About Time': A barely recommended time travel romcom

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comNovember 7, 2013 


Mary (Rachel McAdams, left) and Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) star in "About Time." (Courtesy Murray Close/MCT)


Domhnall Gleeson is Tim. When turning 21, the males in his family obtain the ability to travel back in time. There are some restrictions to what they can do when back in time and those restrictions play an important part in the story.

Tim falls in love with Rachel McAdams' Mary. Their story involves time travel as does the relationship Tim has with his dad done by Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

About Time is the creation of Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones's Diary's Richard Curtis who character creation skills tend to top his storytelling and writing ability. Time movies are tricky. About Time has time travel, head-scratching meltdowns down in spots but has enough spark, sweetness, chemistry and excellent acting chops to recommend. Barely.

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Director: Richard Curtis

Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated R for mature themes. It is playing at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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