About Time is a movie involving time travel where the emphasis is not on the ability to travel through time, but on the concept of time itself and more specifically, how one spends their allotted time in life.
Tim, our narrator, is twenty-one when his father decides that it is time to let Tim in on a very peculiar family trait, all of the male family members can time travel. They can't travel to anywhere that they haven't already been, but they can redo moments in their own lives.
Tim is a bit shy and awkward, so he decides that the best use for time travel would be to use it to obtain a girlfriend. As Tim tests out his newly realized power, he mostly uses the gift for mild endevours, like making a move on a girl during a New Years Eve Party. Tim starts to see real consequences with his abilities when he falls in love and marries an American girl named Mary. Tim needs to make difficult decisions with regard to his future and time travel.
This is a heavily reflective and introspective film. It's about learning to move forward in your life, even when you want to hold on to your past. The story has some very nice sentiments regarding how to appreciate and love the life that you are given. It speaks a lot to not taking a moment for granted.
Besides having a very solid script, even the time travel bits, the movie has wonderful characters. Tim's family is a bit quirky, but not in a way that is unbelievable. The family is like a light version of the family in The Royal Tennenbaums. They are eccentric without being over-the-top. I really loved Bill Nighy and Lindsay Duncan as Tim's parents. Domhnall Gleason as Tim, drove the movie and was such a likable character that it was easy to go along for the ride. I always love Rachel McAdams in films and she had a lot of chemistry with Gleason.
It's labeled a romantic comedy and although there are many comedic moments, this movie is far more of a drama. It hit me hard, especially the themes of having to make big life changes and moving forward. I found the film to be a cathartic experience.
I highly recommend this beautifully done film.