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Oh a Time Travel Story with a Time Pun in the Title, How Original: About Time Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | July 31, 2013 | Comments ()


Ah, the old theme of science fiction: with great power comes the responsibility to use it to try to nail Rachel McAdams. One of the oldest, and certainly noblest, of all our shared stories. Here’s the latest trailer for About Time, which I really really want to hate because I’m too cynical to repress nausea when confronted by magical realism. But this is so damned charming it sort of wins me over:

Here’s the obligatory plot summary which has got to be at least a third as long as the script:

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. About Time is a comedy about love and time travel, which discovers that, in the end, making the most of life may not need time travel at all.

Oh god, I bet he’s going to learn a very valuable lesson. I hate movies with very valuable lessons. I hate stories that give a dude a superpower that only has the purpose of teaching him that he never really needed the superpower at all. Well in that case, give the superpower to someone who’ll do something interesting with it, and let the original character just read a self-help book.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Haystacks

    When I saw the trailer at the movies I wanted those 2 minutes of my life back. I can't imagine sitting through this whole movie.

  • It's Bill Nighy, so I am in.

  • ,

    So, then ... "Groundhog Day" was a time travel story too, and dammit if Bill Murray didn't learn a Big Lesson.

    Shit. Now I'm supposed to hate "Groundhog Day."

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    "Tim can’t change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life..."

    Absolute, 100%, BULLSHIT! Does fucking Jean Claude Van Damme show up and smack him on the hands to stop him from squishing the bug that eventually evolves into a platypus with machine gun hands and rules the world with an iron bill while oppressing non-marsupials with his kangaroo army?

    Of course you can change history if you time travel. It's a rule!

  • BlackRabbit

    You see nowadays, we can take a unique and beautiful object, and easily
    reduce it to a formula for mass production! I call the process

  • lonolove

    I approve of this movie because Domhnall Gleeson has a lead role. Isn't that enough?

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Only half trolling but are there any anti-romcoms out there that show how creepy this genre tends to be? For this particular time-travelling sub-genre, I propose: Leak Plugger.
    A remorseful Julian Assange bends space and time in desperate attempt to re-sheath himself to clear his name and become the Australian Prime Minister. If they have time, he could win the Super Bowl or travel back to 1985 to stop Eric Bana from becoming angry.

    I might not have thought this through completely so amendments are welcome. For the sake of irony, the plot should be completely full of holes though.

  • Zen

    I think I saw a porno by that name once.

  • emmalita

    1. What does Richard Curtis have on Bill Nighy? On the one hand, I commend him for his use of Bill Nighy because Bill Nighy is the only reason I would see this movie. Bill Nighy is the only reason I've seen many movies. On the other hand, Bill Nighy deserves better.

    2. When I saw the trailer for this movie, my bff leaned over and said, "we should shoot them all for remaking "Groundhog Day." The man sitting behind us said, "Word. Bill Murray should fatwa their asses."

  • BWeaves

    I cosign this message.

  • Scully

    The spare clothes are in the meadow. You're welcome.

  • pajiba

    For some damn reason, this trailer -- which plays before every single movie I ever see in theaters -- makes me misty every damn time. It's the thought of Bill Nighy being dead.

  • whattttt? Is Bill Nighy DEAD? No, just checked the Google . . . he isn't dead . . .


  • pajiba

    No, no. His character. In the trailer. He dies. It made me sad.

  • chanohack

    Holy shit! Thank you for investigating Susie, so that comment only scared the bejesus out of me for a few seconds. Why are you thinking about that Dustin? And talking all vaguely about it?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Bill Nighy. THERE.

  • Wigamer

    She has already made this movie. I used to like her so much, but I can't figure out her career choices anymore.

  • kirivinokur

    What a waste. I don't know if what I find more pathetic: people like Lohan who want meaty projects just so they can win an Oscar, or actors who seem to have stopped trying. I like McAdams so I'm hoping she just has a bad agent or tries but can't get the good roles.

  • dizzylucy

    I'm giggling at the idea of the words "Lohan" and "Oscar" in the same sentence.

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