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About Time

About Time

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Running Time: 
Bonus Features

Deleted Scenes with Intros by Director Richard Curtis, Blooper Reel: Making Movies is a Serious Business, Ellie Goulding "How Long Will I Love You?" Music Video, DVD, and Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy

Turning 21 is a big day for most people but for Tim Lake (played by Domhnall Gleeson) it's the day that changes his life forever from that point on. On his 21st birthday Tim's father James (played by Bill Nighy) tells him that every male in the family line has the ability to travel in time after they turn 21. At first Tim thinks his father is having a big joke on him but his father insists that it's the truth and that he should try it. Believing his father to be crazy Tim reluctantly tries to travel back in time and discovers that he has the ability to travel in time whenever he feels like it. When he approaches his father again, James tells Tim about what the other men in the family used the ability on and then he asks Tim what will he use it for. Love is what Tim wants, the love of a woman that so far in his life he has not been able to get. Promptly putting the ability to use when a girl who is his sisters friend stays over at his home for a few months, Tim learns that even with being able to travel in time he can't make a girl love him. Let down with this Tim goes on with his life by moving to London to become a lawyer but while there he meets Mary (played by Rachel McAdams), a girl who is perfect for him and they both fall for each other. Only when Tim travels back in time to help a friend he changes the moment that he met Mary and now he must use the time traveling to find a way to win over Mary again.

Best way I can describe the acting in this movie is that it was subtly great. Every one of these actors play characters that are fun to watch and I couldn't get enough of. Rachel McAdams makes her character of Mary, a shy and no confident woman one that I just want to have fall for Tim while Domhnall Gleeson does such a great job of playing his role as well. Tim is that guy who girls don't notice, at least not any of the ones he wants to notice him, and Domhnall Gleeson makes me believe that in his character. Though I liked Harry (played by Tom Hollander) the most with his always annoyed with life while he writes his master play and even when life seems good he's in a miserable mood. I'm also a bit biased when it comes to Bill Nighy, I like him as an actor and have yet to see a role he is not good in and this is no exception.

So many ranges of emotions going on in this movie that it's (as cliche as it sounds) a roller coaster. One minute I'm laughing, the next I'm sad, then laughing, then I want to cry. That's how About Time was when I watched it. The course this story takES is one that I never expected from it. I looked at the cover with Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson on it and my first impression was this movie is going to be some sappy love story. Then I read the description of it and I thought, oh now it's going to be this weird time traveling love story. It does contain time travel, it is a love story, but it's so much more than that.

What I liked about this movie was that it wasn't what I expected while it still gave me that and so much more. There's good plot twists in, surprises that I never expected to see, and even rules to the time travel that make the whole story come together in the end in a way that is almost impossible to like. In fact when the movie ended I realized that I had been almost holding my breath for the last 15 minutes or so and that at the end I let it all out in a way that made me feel like I just went through the experiences of the characters myself. That was a surprise to me and rarely done with a movie where I get so drawn into the movie that it's almost like I'm there as well going through everything with the characters. For that I will be keeping this movie on my shelf so I can watch it again, sure I won't have that same first time experience I did but it will remain a good movie that will get me to laugh and put me on the edge of tears.

This movie looks pretty good for a Blu Ray. I didn't notice any noise or grain in the dark scenes, the colors are bright and sharp, and the details are clear. The picture has a softer look to it so that it's not quite as vibrant as some other movies but it works well with keeping the tone of movie with the emotions that are occuring at that moment. Audio levels are solid and strong through the whole movie but there's really no moment where there's something loud going on but I never had to worry about trying to hear what was being said. And typically I would like the special feature of having bloopers with a movie, this was one that I couldn't bring myself to watch because I didn't want to ruin the mood and feelings I had at the end of the movie by watching bloopers, I will go back and watch the bloopers on my second viewing of this movie but this time I will watch them before I watch it, though the rest of the features are quite interesting to see.

Lee Roberts
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