review: about time (2013)

I love love love LOVE this movie. The story follows Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), a 21-year-old who discovers he has inherited a power from his father (Bill Nighy) where he can travel back in time to change a moment, and subsequently, his future. He uses this newly discovered skill to chase around a girl, Mary (Rachel McAdams), and brighten his dull life.

Mary (Rachel McAdams) and Tim (Domhnall Gleeson).

Mary (Rachel McAdams) and Tim (Domhnall Gleeson).

Rachael McAdams is just one of those actresses who exude this loveliness (for lack of a better word), resulting in the most pleasant effect when watching her. She has this ease, this authenticity, natural-ness – and in this case, paired with the cutest set of front bangs and glasses. I just love how the make-up artists and costume designers of this film actually managed to make McAdams look like a real human being (still a beautiful human being), and not a perfectly sculpted and groomed Hollywood star. As much as I loved the fact that she was such a boss in Mean Girls, I definitely prefer her as the protagonist in her never-ending series of love flicks. Moreover, she seems to mesh well with the whole time-traveller/love story fusion. About Time compared to The Time Traveler’s Wife in 2009? Definitely About Time all the way. While McAdams’ performance in both films were up to par – her chemistry with the imperfect, awkward Domnhall Gleeson was just so much more beautiful than her onscreen romance with pretty boy Eric Bana.

Tim and Mary's fun romance.

Tim and Mary’s exciting romance.

Moving onto Gleeson, I definitely didn’t recognize him as Bill Weasley from the Harry Potter series. He is really an unbelievable actor. He is one of those people that can make you feel so much, while acting so subtle – not overdoing anything. He also mastered the art of imperfect perfection, alongside McAdams in this film. Looks like he has a line up of movie releases planned for 2015 so I am definitely looking forward to them. But first I have to learn how to pronounce his name…

Domhnall Gleeson as Tim.

Domhnall Gleeson as Tim.

Anyway, I loved this film. Perfectly paced, with a certain je ne sais quoi in the editing style, my eyes did not leave the screen for the entire 123 minutes.

just my rating: ★★★★★


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