Okay, so there’s this new movie out. It’s called About Time. It stars Rachel McAdams (one of my favorite actresses ever… I’ve never not liked anything that she’s been in) and Domhnall Gleeson AKA Bill Weasley from the last two Harry Potter films.
In case you are not aware, Domhnall Gleeson (son of actor Brendan Gleeson AKA Mad-Eye Moody) is one of the cutest people alive. But that’s totally not the point of this post.
The point is I had seen trailers for this movie and thought, “Aw… that looks cute. And Rachel McAdams and Bill Weasley are in it! I kind of want to see that.”
I had completely forgotten about it, however, until tonight. My friend and I decided to have a somewhat impromptu girls’ night and she mentioned going to the movies. Being the little hermit that I am, I had no idea what was playing. This movie came up. I remembered that I wanted to see it. Okay, let’s go!
I thought it was going to be one of those cute chick flicks that you see once, think, “Aw, that was cute,” and then never think about it again. Not even close. I’m not sure I’d even call it a “chick flick.” Yeah, it’s a romantic comedy, but it’s one that I really like that guys would enjoy too.
Domhnall Gleeson is perfect as Tim, the gawky, slightly awkward, too-tall, too-skinny, and too-ginger protagonist, who turns out to be a time-traveler, as are all the men in his family. Thanks to this ability, he is able to go back and relive all the moments and save himself from totally embarrassing situations (several of which are laugh-out-loud hilarious and adorable). He also ends up using this little talent to meet the love of his life, but I don’t want to go into too much detail. I’d hate to give away the entire movie! All I can say is, as part of a generation who really loves the tall, dark, and broody bad boys, it’s so refreshing to see a leading man who is awkward, fair, and real. He’s cheerful, sweet, by no means a lady’s man, and just simply the cutest guy ever. I’ve heard that guys hate it when girls call them “cute,” but seriously, it is a huge compliment. You should take it and run with it. Rachel McAdams is delightful as ever. I don’t even feel like I have to tell you she was wonderful, because she always is. I loved Tim’s kooky family members as well, particularly his sister, Kit-Kat, a pure-hearted free spirit who is the very heart and soul of the film, and their slightly crazy but ultimately sweet and lovable Uncle D.
Aside from amazing casting and characters, About Time had one of the single best messages of any film that I’ve seen in recent times: Live each day like it was so wonderful that you meant to go back and relive it. I have nothing to add to that, because I think it’s pretty perfect on its own.