Richard Curtis has done it again. About Time, out November 8, is one of the best romantic comedies I have seen in a long time, and I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. In his newest film, Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) tells the story of Tim, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary gift – the ability to travel within his own time stream – and his search for love. It is a search that finds its answer in a girl named Mary.
I’ll admit from the above paragraph this the movie may not sound any different from the fun, but all too predictable, slew of romantic comedies recently in theaters but Curtis throws in all manner of twists and turns, lessons and fiascos. He gives us life, messy and unpredictable and shows us the beauty in it.
The movie is philosophical and irreverent, awkward and uplifting, hilarious and serious, yet still flows beautifully throughout its 123 minute runtime. One more testament – Usually, awkward humor (one variety utilized) just makes me uncomfortable. Not this time. This time, it was really, really funny.
Of course, no matter how good a script or direction are the producers are still going to need a fantastic cast and crew to make the movie worth watching and Curtis has found just that. Every single member of the cast was wonderful. Two performances was particularly delighted by were Domhnall Gleason as Tim and Lydia Wilson as his impossible to categorize sister, Kit Kat.
Give it a chance. I promise you, About Time is not your average romantic comedy, nor your average Romantic Comedy.