Tim, or the men in his family, have a special gift: they have the ability to travel through time. Their time travel rules differ that they can only travel through their pasts, and can't travel to the future. Tim uses his abilities to find love, hence Mary. However, he manages to screw things up when he goes back in time to help his friend, Harry save his playwright career. He does end up winning Mary at the end, but the story is just the beginning.
When I said that this was sort of a coming-of-age movie, I don't mean the whole awkward guy finds his confidence and all that; rather, it's the matter of growing up. We see Tim grow up through his time travel adventures: from using it for his own benefit, he goes all the way to change the past for someone else he truly loves. About Time shows that while changing mistakes in the past can yield to beneficial or disastrous results, things happen because it is through those moments and experiences that people learn and grow up. Time should be cherished, and we shouldn't just let things pass by.
While it was written to be a romantic movie and marketed as such, I felt that the tone was far from it; it was really more of light drama. Of course it was fun to watch the subway montage, and the steps on having family, but its focus was really on Tim's development. The soundtrack was also enjoyable as well, and the movie has implored great scenic shots. I'd want to live in the beach house at Cornwall; it looked very serene. As I've mentioned, this shouldn't have been dismissed so easily, as it's one of the current better movies of the genre, as opposed to others being thrown in. If you're looking for a rainy day movie, this would be it.
Final Word: About Time may seem like another romantic comedy, but it's quite charming. It shouldn't be cast out as a typical film; it might grow on you over time.
Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Director: Richard Curtis