About Time (2013)

ABOUT-TIME_NZ_A3_v1.indd“There’s a song by Baz Luhrmann called Sunscreen. He says worrying about the future is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life will always be things that never crossed your worried mind.” – Tim

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Mar 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young man finds out on his 21st birthday that he has the ability to travel within his own lifetime to correct mistakes he may make and decides to use this ability to try and find true love.

My Take on it – I avoided this movie for a while because I didn’t think it would be very good, but was convinced by a few nice reviews to give it a try.

I’m glad I did so because eventhough this movie is far from perfect, it was an interesting 2 hours of fun.

The first half is by far much stronger than the second half but that probably has much to do with the change in focus between those two hours.

The first hour deals mostly with the main character searching for his true love and using his ability to keep it.  There are many nicely done scenes that show how much he relies on his powers top shape his life.

The best scene IMHO during that hour is the “blind date”.  The irony is that they are situated in a cafe where they cannot see each other and just spend hours talking to one another never having seen what the other looks like.

Last year, my wife and I went top a museum that tries to show normal people what it would be like to be blind and live life as a blind person..  We were in a pitch dark room and had to try and identify things by using other senses besides sight.  The guide was actually blind himself and he helped all of us in the group to identify our surroundings.  At the end, we were all situated in a kiosk and were able to order food or drinks also a blind person would.

Granted, this was only an hour of our lives, but it impacted us in the way it was able to simulate the world seen by someone without sight.

The reason I loved this scene so much was because I could identify with being in a place where you have conversations with people and imagine who they are and what they look like based on your other senses, but when you actually see them afterwards, you can be surprised as to what you see.

The second half of the movie took place over too long of a period of time and wasn’t constructed as well because they wanted to show too much in a short time and therefore didn’t spend much time on each segment.

I have read numerous reviews complaining about the “science” of this movie and the fact that it wasn’t completely explained to us.  I wasn’t particularly upset about that since I like to take a movie at face value and believe the “facts” that they tell us and believe that it works in their world even if it doesn’t in ours.

Bottom Line – Nice rom-com with an interesting sci-fi twist. Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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6 thoughts on “About Time (2013)

  1. My problem with the science isn’t that it wasn’t explained. It’s that it was contradictory. Nighy explains rules for time travel that later get broken. When Curtis needs a rule to exist, suddenly it does, just in time to ratchet emotional manipulation factors. And so forth.

    Beyond that the lack of conflict for 9/10 of the film and the terrible development of McAdams character make this near unwatchable, in my opinion.

    But I remain glad that you and many others find so much to like here.


  2. My problem with the time travel isn’t that it’s unexplained. It’s that it’s contradictory. Night explains rules for the technique, but they later get ignored whenever ignoring them serves a purpose. Worse, whenever Curtis needs new rules to exist, they do, just in time to ratchet emotional manipulation.

    Beyond that zero conflict and non-development of McAdams character makes this near unwatchable, in my opinion.

    But I’m glad you and many others find more to like here. 🙂


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