‘About Time’: Treasure each moment as it passes

I got to attend a super advance screening of Richard Curtis’Β About TimeΒ last night thanks to Scene Creek! So top secret, there were even Universal Pictures Canada employees in the audience! As Rachel McAdams’ biggest fan in Toronto (hah), this was a huge treat, so I was incredibly excited about seeing this movie! ButΒ I’m rather exhausted after a long day of grad photos, group project meetings and classes, so this is a largely unedited review of what I thought about this film…

As I type this, I am sitting on a bus, on my way home from an advance screening of Richard Curtis’ film About Time, because this is one of those movies that make such a profound impact on you and you feel so passionate about life that you need to jot down your thoughts away before the feelings are lost.

But before I go on this film rambling of sorts, I just want to preface it with the fact that I am honestly not a professional film reviewer and could never do it for a living because I base my enjoyment of films based on #feels and not, you know, technical merits or whatever. Like I don’t know what a long take is – just kidding, I do actually know and Atonement features a fantastic example – or whatever camera technique used to emphasize certain narrative moments in the plot. But I do love movies and I do think I have a better film taste than most! (Hah.) But anyway, I digress. Just prepare for a lot of #feels.

About Time is being promoted as a “romantic comedy” but honestly, it is more of a general audience feel-good movie than anything else. Although implied through its promotional campaign, there are no blatant obnoxious intentions anywhere in About Time to become a feel-good movie. The story flows so well, you are lost in the movie before you realize it, but ever so gently, Richard Curtis will expertly steer you into the direction he wants you to go. Keyword is “gently” because there is no other word to describe the way the story was told.

If you are in a really depressing period in your life right now, I assure you that this movie will lift you up. If you are happy, this movie is for you too. You will rethink every action you take. It’s not a “girl movie” or a “boy movie” but more a movie for all-ages because like most Richard Curtis films, this movie is about love. Love of all kinds.

Richard Curtis wrote a fantastic script in About Time. It’s witty, it’s clever, it’s romantic, it’s touching… It doesn’t delve so deeply into the romance story line that it isolates the male demographic of the audience. By having a sympathetic male lead, Curtis is able to bring the focus back onto the male character and continue with his intended story.

The other important film things. The acting was phenomenal: Bill Nighy being a better Bill Nighy than ever before; Domhnall Gleeson is so naturally awkward you can’t imagine anyone else in his role; Rachel is as lovable as always. The music was on point: All of them are fantastic songs that make me want to check out the film soundtrack… But out of all these key things, I still like the script the most. So superbly well-written, and with just the right amount of heart. I really hope Richard Curtis gets a nomination for it!

“Everyone is travelling in time.” Take a step back in your surroundings and relive every moment. Think of how good it was, because time passes, and no matter how bad that moment was or how good it is, you can never get it back.

This movie hit me on a personal level because I don’t currently have a relationship with either parent or a significant other like Tim has in the movie. It’s a great film, and I strongly recommend it!

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