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Beautifully filmed and unabashedly sincere, About Time finds director Richard Curtis at his most sentimental.
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Even in a work of science fiction like this, Gleeson seems beyond real. All those foam-faces being made in the dark? They're for him.
Some people will revel in this warm front of innocence; others will reach for their Voltaire.
There's a lot of comic and fantasy potential here, but much of it gets squandered.
To get to the parts that are un-terrible, you have to suffer through the most idiotic plot developments and ill-defined characters imaginable.
You may as well check your cynicism at the door, because Curtis & Co. are going to find a way to trample all over it - adorably.
With more attention to detail, this could have worked, but the time travel aspects are so badly executed that the movie as a whole falters and eventually rips apart at the seams.
About Time is inevitably moving stuff; a sci-fi for those who like a spoonful of sugar to help the paradoxes go down.
About Time is sweet, wistful and diverting, but a bit insubstantial when it comes to romance. It's most satisfying when it focuses on the love between parent and child. If this is your sort of love story, it's a good one.
Predictably, About Time has its saccharine-coated moments along with some bouts of flimsy feel-good pithiness attached...a few notches above the limited synthetic romantic time travel tales floating around aimlessly.
It's not earth-shattering, but it is a witty, entertaining, and touching story.
Try as I might, and I did try, I just could not find it interesting or affecting, in any way.
The relationships in the film are genuine, the banter witty, and the ending is sure to pull on your heartstrings.
Working Title pictures are almost their own cliche these days with their fantasy portrayals of upper-middle class British life that seem even further removed from reality now than before. This one even borrowed an idea from Four Weddings & A Funeral with the dress-picking scene. Still, if you forgive the shaky camera work, this one employs a clever plot device to dissect Richard Curtis's philosophical musings on life with another heart-warming feel-good story to add to the collection.
The soundtrack is spectacular and the plot so warm and delightful that it makes me want to simply forget the few missteps that pop up here and there along the way - and it is also surprisingly touching for a film that wants so much to sound profound and be a life lesson.
Not your typical romcom, relying on a time travel fantasy element. This film is well acted and charming, with a surprisingly profound message. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The stain of formulism and growing sappiness can't make up for an initially interesting coming of age story. Nevertheless, I wish I'd seen more romantic comedies that had one bit of writer/director Richard Curtis' amusing, charming and mature view on life and relationships, rather than the usual parade of clichés, scatological humour and general shallowness. He aims high... and fails, but at least he tries, and the passion of everyone involved in the project can be easily spotted.
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