I was invited to a pre-release screening of “About Time” a movie starring Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral).
It’s quite easy to get access to the screenings, and if you’re in the LA area and want to join me next time, message me! They can be very fun. This one, for me, wasn’t. If you didn’t know this, they take your cell phone. THEY TAKE YOUR CELL PHONE! I suppose this wouldn’t pose a problem for someone who wasn’t so attached to theirs, but I am always within 2 feet of mine. My calendar, texts, facebook, wordpress, most importantly, ibooks. I was 15 pages away from finishing a book, and was planning on reading while waiting for the movie to start. I think this might have killed my mood, unfortunately.
I actually love most of Richard Curtis’ flicks. I love British humour, and he works well with Bill Nighy. I am embarrassed to admit, but I was so bored that I walked out 40 minutes into the movie.
While I felt that there were some fantastically funny lines, there was something missing; that magical chemistry between the main characters that whisks you away into their romance, or the longing/memory for that kind of affection. I didn’t feel anything, except that Rachel McAdams played the exact same character in this movie as she did in “The Vow” (at least in that one I got to stare at Channing Tatum!).
The movie is a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist. On his 21st birthday, Tim (Domnhall Gleeson) learns of his new ability to time travel, with restriction. He meets Mary (McAdams) after moving to London and they hit it off. However, his landlord needed his assistance and Tim decided to go back in time to help him. This meant that his romantic meeting with Mary never happened, so he devises a plot to try to meet her again, based on her love of Kate Moss. I stayed only a short while after this, so if you decide to see it when it’s released in May 2013, please let me know what you thought of it!