“About Time” for a good romantic comedy

Time travel can help someone fix mistakes and mold the future. But “About Time,” released Nov. 8, teaches the audience that even someone without this power can learn to relish every hour.

From the Cornish coasts of England comes 21-year-old Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), whose father tells him the men in his family can travel through time. From then on, Tim uses the gift to push forward his law career, heal his wounded sister’s heart and formulate his own love story with Mary (Rachel McAdams) by revisiting regretful dates and perfecting them.

Every character’s performance is strong. It is hard not to root for Tim, the bumbling, scruffy ginger with cringe-worthy flirting, who becomes a confident and loving father and husband. Mary, an American living above Hunky Dory thrift store in London, is charming. The two are a sincere couple and, as actors, do a phenomenal job of convincing the audience of true love.

However, “About Time” is a story not about two people’s love, but about their love for family. The father (Bill Nighy) has a loving bond with both of his children including Kit Kat (Lydia Wilson), who has a warming, free-spirited and happy soul.

Both teach the importance of appreciation and acceptance in family throughout the film.

Director Richard Curtis, previously known for “Love Actually,” sets the film with sincerity, with sentimental characters and a kind message about living each day to the heights.

The plot itself was slow. The audience is subjected to watching some of the same scenes not just twice, but three and sometimes four times as Tim’s indecisiveness gets the better of him.

The length of shots, however, is complemented by the postcard settings of England with rolling green fields, a brisk seaside and cozy cottages filled with striped coffee mugs and Wellington boots.

The film is bound to solemnly remind viewers of their own grandparents and parents, and the finite nature of both. It teaches a lesson that college students often need to be reminded of. It is easy to forget to appreciate day-to-day tasks, but if stress is replaced with trust, then the little things can be enjoyed more.

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