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About Time (2013)

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  • Directed by: Richard Curtis
  • With: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
  • 123 Minutes

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson are a weird combination that worked pleasantly well. Thanks to Richard Curtis, McAdams is no longer the face of cheesy romantic comedies and I left the theater stunned with one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever seen. I cried, I laughed and here I am convincing you to the same!

Whether you like him or not, the fact is that Richard Curtis is a man capable of achieving great things when it comes to romance. From Notting Hill to Bridget Jones’s Diary without forgetting the amazing Love Actually, Curtis’ directing career is admirable and inspiring which kind of reflects the main reason why one should feel excited for About Time. First of all the movie suits almost perfectly in the well-known Rachel McAdams movie type but it’s a lot better than The Time Traveller’s Wife (if this was your main concern). Starring in the movie are also the amazing Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson, the leading actor in Frank and the main reason why I’m here revisiting this review. Probably one of the best movies of 2013 (one of my picks for the Top 10 movies of that year), About Time is a romantic comedy about time travels and about the eternal power of love.

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Because I’m simply revisiting this review, I will leave you with a Synopsis by Universal Pictures:

“At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time… The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim’s father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place…by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel 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 again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, 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 great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too.“

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For those who seek for truly emotional and lovely experiences, Curtis presents with About Time his most sentimental work. A romantic comedy not only about love but also about family and about life and its issues that got me with an amazing soundtrack (which I will mention next) and great performances that made it look natural before my eyes. As long as I can remember I never felt like the way I did watching this movie in a theater so just by telling you this you can clearly see that About Time is a lot more than just a cheesy romantic comedy. In fact, that is the reason why during several months, the story was floating in my mind. Rachel McAdams relaxed look accompanied by one of her best performances so far is a clear sign of the distance between the typical romantic comedies and About Time. Instead of focusing all the attention in the couple and in the love story, About Time follows the good and bad moments of their lives and tries to be funny and different with the time travels deal. Yes, there are some flaws in that topic but in the end, the time travels are there only as an accessory for the story. Domhnall Gleeson plays the guy who never was that successful with girls and who during his entire life was stuck in the middle of a giant bubble without revealing signs of true happiness. However after being introduced to his great ability, Gleeson turns into a grown-up man, worried with things that matter and who is there to support his family and the love of his life. A surprising performance that got me for the character’s true nature… Both Gleeson and McAdams did a pleasant job during the movie. Mary (Rachel) was a beautiful and successful woman who falls in love with Tim (Domhnall) and from that moment on the movie is like an elevator going up to reach happiness. Everything goes well until…

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I usually don’t cry watching movies but there are some exceptions and this was one of those cases. I’ve always feared losing someone who meant a lot to me (mostly because this happened to me a couple of years ago) so there’s a particular scene in the movie which was especially tough for me to watch. The movie as a whole is incredibly touching but that precise moment was what really defined my opinion about it. The soundtrack is inspiring and from catchy tunes to easy listening songs, you’re definitely going to have a good time while you listen to it. Overall, Richard Curtis gave me two of the best hours I’ve ever spent in a theater room… I was happy, I was sad, I was amazed and I felt like I’ve just seen a beautiful and honest representation of life. Inspiring, lovely and powerful, About Time is a must-see for almost everyone I know. A both beautiful and captivating experience that pleased me and that gave me reasons to feel happy about my life. After watching it, I felt relieved and different in a way. About Time is about happiness, about love and about the things that matter the most in life.

★★★★½

Previous Review

Review: Apparently time travels are one of the keys to success because this movie hit me right in my heart. “About Time” touched me in way that no movie has ever touch. A simple story about love that has enough strength to make everyone laugh and cry. The story of a guy who is unhappy with is life and who discovers a very powerfully gift which will transform his life forever. It’s really hard to say bad things about this film, the characters, the story, the soundtrack and all the details were really good. Perhaps the best romantic comedy I have ever seen, “About Time” accomplishes everything I love about romantic comedies, it’s a compassionate, magical and lovely story with a little bit of comedy. Go and watch this one, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Opinião: Da mente de Richard Curtis, o criador de “O Amor Acontece” e “Quatro Casamentos e um Funeral”, chega-nos “Dá Tempo ao Tempo”, uma comédia romântica sobre Tim, de 21 anos, que descobre que consegue viajar no tempo e procura com esse dom tornar o mundo num sítio melhor e arranjar uma namorada. Tim é um homem meigo e tímido que se muda para a cidade em busca de uma vida melhor onde acaba por conhecer Mary. Apesar de ter imensos momentos clichés, “Dá Tempo ao Tempo” consegue ser uma comédia romântica irreverente e única na medida em que não cria momentos de grande tensão em volta do casal e procura apenas ser uma simples história sobre um homem que apenas quer o melhor para si e para aqueles que lhe são próximos. Recheado de momentos de comédia e dramáticos, o filme acaba por ser uma comédia romântica diferente de todas as outras e que me surpreende pela positiva ao conseguir ser, na minha opinião, talvez a mais divertida e carinhosa comédia romântica que já vi até hoje. Richard Curtis consegue então mais uma vez por a aundiência a rir, a chorar e a sentir-se bem com esta grande comédia romântica aconselhada a todos. Com interpretações de grande qualidade de Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, e Bill Nighy e uma banda-sonora fascinante, “Dá Tempo ao Tempo” é um must-see!

4.5/5

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2 Comments

  1. No início julgava que este filme era igual a tantos outros, em que o protagonista volta atrás no tempo inúmeras vezes até fazer com que a rapariga se apaixone por ele… estava enganada! É uma história adulta e comovente que nos faz pensar no nosso percurso e na nossa família. Aprendemos que é importante dar valor à família e àqueles que amamos, porque o tempo é algo inevitável. Acabei com uma lagrimita no rosto…

    • O “About Time” foi uma grande surpresa e penso que até hoje poucos filmes me marcaram da forma que este o fez. Richard Curtis sempre foi um bom realizador no que diz respeito a filmes românticos mas penso que, desta vez, conseguiu criar algo ainda melhor. O filme está repleto de ternura e de momentos tristes que nos tocam e que nos dão ao mesmo tempo uma pequena lição de vida. Um filme para ver com a família e com aqueles que mais gostamos! Obrigado pelo comentário!

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