Dizzie and I recently watched the film About Time, starring Rachel McAdams (The Vow, Midnight in Paris, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) as Mary, Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Tim, and Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as Tim's dad.
About Time was written by Richard Curtis, who also wrote Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
In About Time, Tim, a young man from a well-off, eccentric English family, learns from his father that the men in his family have the ability to travel back in time. Tim isn't to use this gift to enrich himself monetarily, and he cannot change the history of the world. Rather, he can revisit earlier periods in his own life, make different choices, and try to set things right.
What Tim has been getting wrong thus far, are his awkward, nearly nonexistent relationships with young women. He vows to use his newly discovered talent for time travel to develop a successful romantic relationship, and he sets his sights on Mary.
About Time is billed as a romantic fantasy, but it is actually more than that. It's also about the close connection between siblings, and the special love between parents and their children. The movie encourages us to look for the joy in every moment of our lives.
Lilly Faye: What did you think of the movie, Diz?
Dizzie: Too sappy! The story would have benefitted from more tension and conflict. It's about a nice boy from a nice family who meets a nice girl and keeps trying until he builds a nice life for himself. Yawn!
Lilly Faye: I thought it was a lovely little fable, the perfect antidote for all the rage and violence in so many films these days.
Dizzie: Richard Curtis should have made us worry more about the characters. This film didn't make me nervous about the outcome, at all.
Lilly Faye: But I heard you gnawing away on your oinkie during the movie.
Dizzie: That wasn't nerves, that was hunger! I'm pretty sure I'm being underfed.
Lilly Faye: I'm pretty sure you're not. But back to the movie...I loved the scenery, from the picturesque coast of Cornwall, to the glittering nightlife of London.
One thing I didn't understand was the film's R rating.
Dizzie: I agree. They used a naughty word a few times, and showed some of the actors' bare bits, but I've seen worse on television. PG-13 would have been a better choice.
Lilly Faye: It's time to rate the movie, Diz.
Lilly Faye's Movie Rating: In a split decision...Two Paws Up! from Lilly Faye. One Paw Up! from Dizzie.