About Time – 4th September (UK), November 1st (US limited), November 8th (US wide)
First up on the calendar this month is what Richard Curtis has said will be his last film behind the camera, About Time.
The writer-director of Love Actually and The Boat that Rocked makes his third film in the director’s chair, and it is a magnificent, heartfelt, and incredibly personal romantic comedy that features a cast to rival his first two directorial efforts.
Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams are front and centre as the young couple, with brilliant support from Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Vanessa Kirby, Lydia Wilson, Margot Robbie, Lindsay Duncan, Joshua McGuire, and Will Merrick.
Gleeson stars as Tim, a young man who discovers from his father (Nighy) that the men in his family can time travel. This is essentially an independent romantic-comedy, so don’t let that basic sci-fi premise alter your expectations – this is very much grounded in the romantic-comedy side of the genre, with the time travel aspect largely just allowing Tim the chance to do-over moments in his life that go wrong, and learn to take advantage of all the time he has.
It’s sad to think that this might well be Curtis’ last film behind the camera, given that he’s only made three films, including About Time, and they’ve all been spectacular. Yet it’s understandable, especially after watching the film, that he would want to focus on the things that truly matter in his life, and spend his time with his family, rather than away on a film set.
The past few months have been full of big-budget blockbusters, and as we head towards the awards season and all its seriousness, be sure to take a welcome and refreshing breather with something slightly more light-hearted, and enjoy the romantic-comedy (with elements of sci-fi) that is Curtis’ About Time.
Note: The trailer below is red-band, so not to be watched at work. Enjoy!