I had the choice between watching an advance screening between Last Vegas and About Time, since they were both showing last night. Since Last Vegas is opening this weekend, I ended up deciding to go see About Time. I was pretty glad I did.
Rachel McAdams is no stranger to acting characters dating time travelers. Just a few years ago, in 2009, she played Eric Bana’s wife in The Time Traveler’s Wife. Between the two, I preferred About Time.
The story had just the right amount of funny and emotional feels for me. Now is it predictable? Yes. Is it full of clichés as well? Absolutely. I will also add that there are plenty of inconsistencies in the whole matter of time travel, but I think that’s to be expected as that’s what always seems to happen when the subject gets covered.
All that aside, I think the casting was done well and the characters were written memorably. I will also say that I really liked Bill Nighy in this film. I found his character to be quite humorous and very likable.
I would also like to commend the supporting cast. Now that I think back on it, most of them brought comic-relief to the story. I am guilty of laughing pretty hard at some points (though mind you, I admit to being easily amused and making things funnier in my head), and I’m pretty sure I drove the stranger sitting next to me crazy, but I couldn’t help it. I’m not sure if this clearly describes it, but the cast seemed like they were having such a good time, it made me wish I was on set too to join in on the fun. I think that’s the best part for me, when a movie is able to make me feel that way.
FINAL VERDICT: B+
Personally, I’d like to give this an A-, but I’m afraid people might start a riot. Haha. I think this is the perfect date night flick. If you were into The Notebook (2004), then I’d definitely go. I wouldn’t say it’s better than that movie (because come on, Ryan Gosling…!), but I will say I enjoyed it almost as much. I think I’ll be getting this one on DVD.