I knew I needed to see this movie because I freaking cried at the trailer. The trailer! How embarrassing. Gone are the days when I can make it through a movie (OR A TRAILER) with dry eyes. At what age does that change? Have I turned into a complete hopeless romantic?
Regardless, About Time starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson is an absolute must-see. Here at The Orchid Boutique we were lucky enough to receive advanced screening passes this week (Thank you Moroch Entertainment and Regal Cinema South Beach!) and let me tell you, there wasn’t a dry eye from the staff.
Let’s discuss what the movie is about:
On his 21st birthday, Tim Lake (played by Gleeson) discovers his family secret. The men in the Lake family are capable of travelling through time. Not to the future, only to events in the past.
Tim and his father, the sensational Bill Nighy, go into any dark place, clench their fists (oddly enough in Power Rangers fashion) and choose the place they wish to travel to. While Tim can’t necessarily change his history, he can certainly fix the bad decisions he has made along the way. Just by the concept alone, I was already hooked. Who wouldn’t want to have opportunities for a redo? Or many, for that matter?
Moving to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he’s never met her at all. So they meet for the first time over—and over—but finally, after a lot of well-played time traveling, he wins her heart.
Eventually through all the trials and tribulations, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous, as well.
About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, but reminds us that maybe by making the most of life every day, you may not need time travel at all.
Not only was this movie satisfying to my romantic soul, but we also were laughing throughout. Gleeson is awkwardly hilarious, but riddled with youth and charm. His chemistry with McAdams is palpable. There relationship is the one you wish you were in, because it is filled with love, laughter, happiness, and ever-present familial support. The secondary highlight of this movie had to be the familial aspect. The relationship between father and son was beyond touching and sent a deep, heartfelt message about the importance of family.
The film is being released on November 1st and here at The Orchid Boutique we give 4 out of 5 Orchids. It did run a tad bit too long, and we were getting a bit antsy toward the end.
Take your friends, take your significant other, and please….bring tissues.