Sunday, November 23, 2014


I don't always laugh, but when I do it's because I'm getting rained on. Not. This is Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson in About Time. (Universal Studios)

Domhnall Gleeson and his movie dad, Bill Nighy, prepare to travel through time. (Universal Studios)

Domhnall Gleeson and his movie sister, Lydia Wilson, sneak around. (Universal Studios)
Treasuring the time we've got

Posted on Feb. 24, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.

You've probably heard before that you should treasure the time you have with loved ones; that you never know what day will be your last, or their last. 

That sentiment was hammered home for me this past weekend by two unexpected sources: Rachel McAdams and some unknown orange-haired dude with a British accent. 

(Update: Just found out that the unknown orange-haired dude actually played Bill Weasley in Harry Potter. I am clearly the worst HP fan of all time. Currently hanging head in shame.)

For fans of The Notebook reading this, I know, I know. I had you at "Rachel McAdams." But About Time (Universal Studios, 2013) is no Notebook.

My husband and I rented it this weekend because I had been wanting to see it. I'm not totally sure why he agreed to it, since the DVD cover depicts a couple laughing in the rain, the universal sign of a chick flick.

But it actually was not a chick flick.

The main characters are a young couple in love, yes. But the story actually focuses more on the young man's relationships with his father and his sister. 

Tim finds out on his 21st birthday that the men in his family can travel through time. He hopes to use his new found power to get a girlfriend, which he eventually does (enter Rachel McAdams).

Tim mostly travels through time to make his life more convenient. He can undo mistakes at work, a negative review for his friend's play, a missed opportunity. Then he tries to use time travel to help his beloved sister get her life back on track. He tries to use it to save his dad, whose health is failing.

Then his dad tells him: "No, I never said we could fix things. I specifically never said that. Life's a mixed bag, no matter who you are. Look at Jesus: he was the son of a God, for God's sake and look how that turned out."

So Tim learns how to live life the best he can, with time travel or without. About Time is basically the story of everyone's life, except with beautiful people and a killer soundtrack that kicks in at all the right times.

(The most tear-inducing moment for me is when Tim waves goodbye to his little daughter at preschool with her little backpack, while Ben Folds' The Luckiest swells in the background. Pass. The. Tissues.)

This movie left me feeling pretty thankful for my loved ones, even if I can't always help them solve their problems. Check it out, and let me know what you think. 

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