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About Time

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About Time

Current Status:
In Season
124 minutes
Wide Release Date:
Tom Hollander, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Richard Curtis
Universal Pictures

We gave it a B

In About Time, a young man (Anna Karenina‘s Domhnall Gleeson) learns from his father (Bill Nighy) that the guys in their family have the ability to travel through time. Does this mean the writer-director responsible for such rom-com classics as Notting Hill and Love Actually has gone over to the sci-fi side? Not exactly, says Richard Curtis. ”It’s actually an anti-time-travel time-travel movie.” Instead, he says, the film poses more of a philosophical question: What really matters when it comes to time? ”In my opinion, it’s about the most ordinary things,” says Curtis. ”You wouldn’t be trying to win an Oscar or Olympic gold or flying off for a glamorous night in New York. If you had one day to live your life, it would be a normal one. It’s breakfast with your kids and lunch with your friends and dinner with someone you love.”

The set was a particularly happy one, which Curtis credits to the Cornwall, England, location (”a very idyllic part of the world”) and the cast’s natural rapport. ”It really felt like a family,” he says. ”It was a real joy.” That’s a good thing, since the 56-year-old filmmaker has stated that this is likely the last film he’ll direct. ”The message of this movie is to relish the day, to relish your life,” he says. ”I decided I should perhaps take my own advice.”